Vidya Balan

Vidya balan casually radiant, without any artifice, totally engaing is the new star in the Bollywood skies. Vidya who is from Kerala’s Iyer middle class family , born in Kerala was brought up in Mumbai. She did her schooling from St Antony's School and graduated in Sociology from St Xavier's College .While doing her MA from Mumbai University she was offered a role oppsite Mohanlal in a Malayalam film but this film was shelved mid-way. She made her debut as a model in a Surf Excel advertisement in 1998. She has acted in over 25 ad films, most of which were directed by Pradeep Sarkar. She featured in three music videos for ‘Euphoria’, Shubha Mudgal and Pankaj Udhas. Vidya also acted in Ashok Pandit’s TV serial Hanste Khelte and Ektaa Kapoor's Hum Paanch.

In the meantime, she acted in Bengali movie Bhaalo Theko for which she even won the ‘Best Actress’ Anand Lok Puraskar in Kolkata . Vidya had to go through 40 screen tests and 17 make-up shoots before she was finally chosen for the lead role in the film ‘Parineeta’. In this movie she portrayed a simple sari clad woman . She won the hearts of millions in her debut film through her talent and beauty. Even superstar Amitabh Bachchan found her absolutely marvelous and wonderfully natural in the movie. Her latest movie ‘Lage Raho Munnabhai’ is breaking all the records. In this movie she plays a hip radio jockey , which is quite a trasition for her from her sari clad act in Parineeta.

Her talent has fetched her a lot of awards for her debut film ‘Parineeta’. She was awarded with Star Screen Award Most Promising Newcomer , Stardust Superstar of Tomorrow , Filmfare Best Debut Award, Zee Cine Award Best Female Debut, International Indian Film Academy Awards: Best Female Debut for Parineeta. Having won almost all the best debutant awards for “Parineeta”, Vidya got great offers in the form of Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s “Eklavya”, Nikhil Advani’s “Salaame Ishq”, Mani Ratnam’s “Guru”. She has clinched the enviable title of being commercially successful and critically acclaimed. Lady luck is surely on her side since the kind of meaty rolesshe is getting ,female actors have to wait for decades before they can even remotely claim to be both, she sure has lady luck on her side.

Vidya is a hot property in Bollywood. Vidya Balan is one of those rare actresses who haven’t been corrupted by her success. She still enjoys reading books and chilling with friends and family rather than being a filmy type.

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