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Vidya Balan

Name : Vidya Balan

Birthday : 1st January, 1978 (Age:41)

Zodiac Sign : capricorn

Occupation : Actress

Marital status : Married

Awards : 2005: Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut.
2009: Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actress.
2010: Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actress.
2011: National Film Award for Best Actress.

Biography : Vidya Balan is an Indian actress. She is known for portraying strong female protagonists and has been acknowledged in the media for breaking stereotypes of a Hindi film heroine. Vidya aspired to a career in film from a young age, and had her first acting role in the 1995 sitcom Hum Paanch.

Born on 1 January 1978 in Ottapalam to P. R. Balan, currently the Executive Vice-President of Digicable and Saraswathy Balan, a homemaker. Her elder sister, Priya Balan, works in the field of advertising.

In 2005 Vidya made her Hindi film debut with Pradeep Sarkar's musical drama Parineeta. Her performance in the film was praised by critics, Parineeta fetched her a Best Female Debut award and a nomination for Best Actress at the annual Filmfare Awards ceremony.

The following year, Vidya appeared opposite Sanjay Dutt in Rajkumar Hirani's comedy film Lage Raho Munna Bhai. She portrayed the role of Jhanvi, a radio jockey and the love interest of the protagonist Munna Bhai.

In 2007 Vidya featured in a supporting role in Mani Ratnam's semi-biographical drama Guru as a woman suffering from multiple sclerosis. Movie performed well at the box office, her next release was Nikhil Advani's Salaam-e-Ishq: A Tribute To Love, a romantic comedy featuring an ensemble cast, in which she was paired opposite John Abraham did not got success.

In 2008's social film Halla Bol, Vidya played a supporting role alongside Ajay Devgn and Pankaj Kapur, the film has been described as a major turning point in her career. Her portrayal ultimately fetched her a Filmfare Award for Best Actress and a Screen Award for Best Actress, among other wins.
In 2009 Vidya played the role of an unwed gynaecologist struggling with her 12-year-old son's progeria syndrome, in the R. Balki-directed dramedy Paa. Amitabh Bachchan played the role of Vidya's son and Abhishek Bachchan played the titular character.

Vidya followed the success of Paa with the Vishal Bhardwaj-produced Ishqiya (2010), a black comedy directed by debutant Abhishek Chaubey; co-starring Naseeruddin Shah, Arshad Warsi, and Salman Shahid. Vidya's role was that of Krishna Verma, a sexually manipulative woman. "Vidya Balan's smoldering looks scorch the screen even as her eyes hint at tragedy.

Raj Kumar Gupta's semi-biographical thriller No One Killed Jessica with Rani Mukerji was Vidya's first release of 2011. The film, based on the Jessica Lal murder case, no One Killed Jessica met with contrasting reviews from critics, but Vidya's performance was particularly praised.

Vidya's next appearance was in Ekta Kapoor's production "The Dirty Picture", a biopic based on the life and death of the controversial Indian actress Silk Smitha. She described the role as the "boldest" she had ever played, The film opened to major critical acclaim, and Vidya received unanimous praise for her character.

For her next feature film, Vidya starred as Vidya Bagchi, a pregnant woman in search of her missing husband in Sujoy Ghosh's Kahaani (2012). The thriller, set in the city of Kolkata, Vidya received further appreciation for her performance in Kahaani.

After completing the duties of a jury member at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, Vidya starred (opposite Emraan Hashmi) as a "loud" and "boisterous" Punjabi woman in Ghanchakkar, a comic-thriller from director Raj Kumar Gupta. "Her put on Punjabi accent is a major put off and her nagging wife character irritates after a while.

Vidya has three films in production for a 2014 release. She has completed filming on Saket Chaudhary's Shaadi Ke Side Effects, a romantic comedy with Farhan Akhtar, which will serve as a sequel to the 2006 film Pyaar Ke Side Effects. She has also been signed on opposite Emraan Hashmi for Hamari Adhuri Kahaani, a romance from director Mohit Suri, and will be seen in the role of a detective in the Dia Mirza- produced mystery film Bobby Jasoos.

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