Friday, 14 August 2020

Vidya Balan


Vidya Balan 



Vidya Balan was born on 01-01-1979 in Chembur, Mumbai in the state of Maharashtra, India. She is an Indian Film Actress, Model & Television Actress who best known for her work in Hindi, Bengali and Malayalam films.

Early Life:

Vidya was born to P. R. and Sarawathy Balan on 1st January 1979 in Mumbai. Her father is the Vice-President of ETC Channel. Vidya speaks both Malayalam and Tamil. She grew up in Chembur, Mumbai where she attended St. Anthony Girls’ High School. Shabana Azmi and Madhuri Dixit inspired her to become an actress. She has a master’s degree in Sociology from Mumbai University.

Personal Life:

Vidya started dating Siddarth Roy Kapur, CEO of UTV Motion Pictures. She announced the same in an interview, putting an end to all the rumors about her relationship and affairs. The couple got married in Bandra, in a private ceremony, on December 14, 2012.


She is the daughter of P.R Balan her father, Saraswathy Balan her mother, her elder sister is Priya Balan, her husband Siddharth Roy Kapoor and her brother in law Aditya Roy Kapoor.
Married to Siddharth Roy Kapur, Businessman and a producer, Vidya Balan has two brothers in law namely Aditya Roy Kapoor and Kunal Roy Kapoor.


To date, she doesn’t have any children.


St. Anthony Girls High School was the one from she completed schooling. Also for acquiring a bachelor’s degree in Sociology, she went to St. Xavier College and later she had earned a master’s degree from the University of Mumbai.Vidya Balan did her schooling from St. Anthony Girls’ High School, Chembur, Mumbai, and later attended St. Xavier’s College where she majored in Sociology. She went on to study MA at the University of Mumbai, where she received her first film offer.


She started her acting carrer with a Malayalam film Chakram, but the film was shelved. Then she was signed for a Tamil film, Run but later she got replaced with Meera Jasmine. When Chakram was restarted Meera Jasmine was chosen instead of Vidya.

She then did some television advertising from the year 1998. She also did some supporting roles in some music videos.

Then in the year 2003, she did a Bengali film Bhalo Theko for which she won the Anandalok Puraskar Best Actress award in Kolkata. Then she came to Bollywood and debuted in the film Parineeta. She got her Filmfare Best Female Debut Award and a nomination for Filmfare Best Actress Award.

After the success of the first two films, the producer who dropped her from Manasellam again wanted to sign her for the film Dasavathaaram. She rejected the offer. Then in the year 2006, she starred in the film Lage Raho Munna Bhai which was a blockbuster at the box office. It was the second highest grossing film of that year.

Then in the year 2007 she acted in the film Guru which was again a hit. Then she starred in Salaam-e-Ishq: A Tribute To Love and Eklavya: The Royal Guard in the year 2007. Eklavya was then selected as India's official entry to the Oscars for the 80th Academy Awards. Then her two releases Heyy Babyy and Bhool Bhulaiya were also successful in the year 2007.

In the year 2009, she did a film called Paa. This film gave her a Filmfare Award for Best Actress and a Star Screen Award for Best Actress. Then she starred in the film Ishqiya in the year 2010. In the year 2011 she starred in the film No One Killed Jessica.

She made her acting debut while in school with Ekta Kapoor’s Hum Paanch where she played the role of Radhika, one of the five sisters. For the sake of the education, she had to take a break from acting till she didn’t complete her education. She resumed her career in the South where she faced a lot of struggle and humiliation. For her debut movie she was cast opposite south’s superstar Mohanlal for the Malayalam movie Chakram, along with that she signed 12 more movies. It’s been a record for no movie to get postponed which had Mohanlal, so the directors blamed her for it by labeling her unlucky. This led to one failure after another in South Industry. She only acted in the contract films. Nevertheless, her core was too strong to get affected. Work didn’t stop coming, she appeared in 60 television commercials and starred in 2 music videos for Euphoria and Shubha Mudgal.

She met with success as an actress with a Bengali Film Bhalo Theko in 2003 which earned her an Anandalok Purashkar for Best Actress. Since then there has been no turning back for her. In 2005 she made her Bollywood debut with Parineeta opposite Saif Ali Khan in the role of Lalita, directed by Pradeep Sarkar after 6 months of auditioning. It was all worth it because she won a Filmfare for debut actress and a nomination for best actress. She was well received by the critics.

Varietymagazine’s Derek Elley stated, “An acting revelation is Tamil newcomer [Vidya] Balan, who’s devoted but dignified Lalita is the picture’s heart and soul.” In the following year, she starred in a comedy,

LageRaho Munna Bhai opposite Sanjay Dutt. Again she was praised by the critics for her role as RJ Jhanvi and the movie was a commercial success. The road was not too smooth for Vidya. She was heavily criticized for her fashion and weight in the movies Hey Baby and Kismat Connection which was also bombed at the box office. Vir Sanghavi said, “she tried to pretend to be what she is not” in reference to those movies.


Although Vidya Balan does not smoke she does drink alcohol.
Vidya Balan was almost unrecognizable when she made her very first acting debut, on TV, in the extremely popular comedy show on Zee TV, titled ‘Hum Paanch’ where she played the character of Radhika Mathur.
Vidya Balan confesses to being a cleanliness freak, to the extent that she is almost compulsive and obsessive about it.
Before entering Bollywood, Vidya Balan was quite popular as a model in TV advertisements too.
Vidya Balan’s favorite author is Paulo Coelho, and confessed to having read all of his books several times over.
Vidya Balan is multi-linguistic and can fluently speak Hindi, English, Bengali, Malayalam her mother tongue as well as Tamil.

 Vidya Balan’s older sister, Priya is married to Kedar.
Vidya started her acting career with Ekta Kapoor’s popular comedy show Hum Paanch (1995) as Radhika Mathur aired on Zee TV.
Vidya is also associated with “AmFar” (American For AIDS Research) and Hale House, a home for children affected by HIV and Drug Addiction.
Vidya Balan had to go for 40 Screen Tests and 17 Make-Up shoots before getting selected for a lead role in movie “Parineeta”.
Vidya can also speak in Hindi, Malayalam, Tamil and Bengali.
She is very good in Bengali, which is her husband’s native language and she seems to converse with her husband and his family in Bengali itself.
She is a die-hard fan of Paulo Coelho and have read every book he has ever written.
She was very popular with her advertisements in house holds, even before acting in movies.
She nearly had done 5 movies which have not yet been released before doing her first movie in Bengali, after which she got her first Hindi movie, Parineeta.
Vidya Balan also acted in a TV show “Hum Paanch” produced by Ekta Kapoor and “Hanse Khelte” produced by Ashok Pandit.
She is well versed in English, Hindi, Malayalam, and Tamil languages and can speak little bit Bengali.
In 2003, Vidya was signed on by Goutam Halder for his independent Bengali drama   Bhalo Theko: her first film release.
In 2007 Vidya featured in a supporting role in Mani Ratnam’s semi-biographical drama Guru as a woman suffering from multiple sclerosis.
In 2009, Vidya was involved in a controversy when she mentioned a previous relationship in which “caustic remarks” were made at her due to her weight.
In 2014, Vidya was awarded the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award in India, for her contributions to the entertainment industry.




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