Vidya Balan is one charmer of an actress who was, in the beginning, shown the door not once but twice. Instead of going on a sob routine, she fought back and is now one of the most recognised actors on Indian screen. Vidya Balan can now be seen in ‘Shaadi Ke Side Effects’…

bollywood-changing-vidya-baRidicule her sense of fashion..! Giggle at her weight gain..! But you never can ignore her. Vidya Balan. The other word is Resolve. Here is one charmer of an actress who was, in the beginning, shown the door not once but twice. Instead of going on a sob routine, she fought back and is now one of the most recognised actors on Indian screen. Here is a look at the life and career of Vidya Balan, whose ‘Shaadi Ke Side Effects’ hit the screens recently.
Early life
Vidya Balan, who hails from Kerala, was born on 1 January, 1978. Vidya, who is an alumnae of Mumbai’s St. Xavier’s College, says she decided to join films the day she interacted with Shabana Azmi while in college. Talking about her role model Shabana Azmi, Vidya said: ‘Shabana Azmi has been one of my strongest inspirations. I was truly awestruck by Shabana Azmi’s performance in ‘Arth’.’
Acting debut
Vidya made her acting debut in 1995 with the Zee TV show ‘Hum Paanch’. ‘When I first acted in the TV show ‘Hum Paanch’, I’d thought that I was the best actress. In fact, that’s what propelled me to go further,’ said Vidya in an interview with The Times of India.
Disastrous start to film career
Vidya’s film career began disastrously. She was signed to appear in the Malayalam film, ‘Chakram’, alongside Mohanlal; the movie was shelved. She then faced the camera for a Tamil film, ‘Run’, but was dropped after the first schedule. She was dropped from her second Tamil movie ‘Manasellam’, on the grounds of ‘non-performance’.
Film debut
Vidya made her silver screen debut in 2003 with the Bengali film ‘Bhalo Theko’. She received the Anandalok Puraskar Best Actress award for her performance in the film.
Bollywood debut
Vidya Balan made her Hindi film debut with ‘Parineeta’, for which she received the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut. She had to give over 60 screen tests before she was chosen for the lead role in ‘Parineeta’. “He (Pradeep Sarkar) went to Chopra (producer) with the script and the latter wanted a bigger star but he also said if I am able to show that I can do the role then they will take me. I gave over 60 tests… right from Indian look, western look, curly hair, straight hair, song, emotional scene etc. I kept doing it but later I was fed up as I was not aware if they were really going to take me or not. And the moment I gave up was the time when I got the film,’ Vidya said.
Best of Vidya Balan
Vidya’s first commercial success was Rajkumar Hirani’s ‘Lage Raho Munna Bhai’. Some of her must-see films include ‘The Dirty Picture’, ‘Kahaani’, ‘Ishqiya’, ‘No One Killed Jessica’, ‘Guru’ and ‘Bhool Bhulaiyaa’.
Ticket to stardom
Vidya Balan cemented her position in Bollywood’s A-list club with superhit film ‘The Dirty Picture’, which saw her shedding all inhibitions to breathe life into the character of sex symbol, Silk. Vidya did everything – from wearing garish clothes to making provocative dance moves – for the role of Silk, a make-up girl who graduates to be an extra and then the most wanted heroine of the 1980s.
Say hello to ‘Bombaat Balan’!
Vidya Balan was christened ‘Bombaat Balan’ by her fans, thanks to her sensuous avatar. ‘People have started calling me Bombaat Balan! I found it quite funny the first time, but now I am used to it. Great!,’ said the actress.
Vidya slams weight critics
Vidya Balan, who has been criticised for her fluctuating weight, quipped, ‘I like the curvaceous Indian woman’s body. And if I may say so, I am well-endowed.’
Mrs Vidya Balan
Vidya, who reportedly dated Shahid Kapoor, tied the knot with UTV head honcho Siddharth Roy Kapur on 14 December, 2012. Talking about her marriage, Vidya said: ‘I am enjoying being married. The good thing is that at the end of the day you get to see each other. Siddharth is very supportive. In fact, I did ‘The Dirty Picture’ (2011) after we got together.’
What’s next for Vidya?
Her upcoming films, after ‘Shaadi Ke Side Effects’, are ‘Bobby Jasoos’ and ‘Hamari Adhuri Kahaani’. Talking about ‘Shaadi Ke Side Effects’, Vidya said: ‘Everyone will like it because it is a relationship-based story. It will make you laugh and you will relate with it.’

– India Syndicate


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