Strong female protagonists, and a popular Indian film actress, Vidya Balan is super excited as her film ‘Kahaani 2: Durga Rani Singh’ is all set to release this week. Vidya in an exclusive conversation with Bombay Times spoke about her films, life after ‘Dirty Picture’ and how she deals with criticism. read here..
Vidya Balan’s reunion with her Hum Paanch gang will take you down the memory lane
ZEE TV completed 25 years recently and to mark the occasion, it put together a special episode which had stars from iconic shows coming together. The Hum Paanch reunion was part of the same episode. Vidya Balan, who is currently busy promoting her upcoming film Kahaani 2, took time out to meet her Hum Paanch co-stars. She looked beautiful in white saree, delicate diamond jewellery and curly locks. read here..
Vidya Balan: Bollywood Film Actress, Portraying Strong Female Protagonists
Indian actress Vidya Balan is known for portraying strong female protagonists and has been acknowledged in the media for pioneering a change in the concept of a Hindi film heroine. She started her career in film at a young age, her first acting role was in the TV series ‘Hum Paanch’ (1995).
Vidya Balan, born on 1st, January 1978 in Poothamkurussy, Puthur, a town in the Palakkad District of Kerala, to parents of Tamilian descent. Her father, P. R. Balan, is the EVP of Digicable, and her mother, Saraswathy Balan, is a homemaker. Her elder sister, Priya Balan, works in the field of advertising and the the actress Priyamani is her second cousin. She is happily married to the film producer Siddharth Roy Kapur.
Vidya grew up in Chembur, Mumbai and schooled at St. Anthony Girls’ High School. At the age of sixteen, she starred in the first season of Ekta Kapoor’s sitcom Hum Paanch as Radhika, a bespectacled teenager. she attended St. Xavier’s College to pursue a bachelor’s degree in sociology and later earned a master’s degree from the University of Mumbai.
She simultaneously made several unsuccessful attempts to start a career in Hindi film industry. She was featured in various TV commercials and music videos, and made her feature film debut as the protagonist of the independent Bengali drama Bhalo Theko in 2003.
Finally she garnered praise for her first Hindi film, the ‘Parineeta’ in 2005, and the highly successful comedy film ‘Lage Raho Munna Bhai’ 2006. Her oles in the romantic comedies ‘Heyy Babyy and Kismat Konnection were also appreciated. Vidya portrayed five consecutive roles to wide critical acclaim in the drama film ‘Paa’, ‘Ishqiya’, ‘No One Killed Jessica’, ‘The Dirty Picture’, and ‘Kahaani’.
Vidya Balan, in addition to acting in films, also promotes humanitarian causes and supports the empowerment of women. She initially drew criticism for her fluctuating weight and “questionable” dress sense, but was later credited in the media for “not morphing herself to fit into any conventional slot”.