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Name: Vidya Balan
Birthday: 1st January, 1979
Marital Status: Single
Awards: IIFA Best Female Debut, IIFA Best Actress Award, Filmfare Best Female Debut Award, 2 Filmfare Best Actress Award, Filmfare Critics Award for Best Performance.
Trivia: Vidya Balan is proficient in Tamil, Malyalam, Hindi, English and Bengali, and can also read Urdu.
Biography: Born in a Tamil speaking Iyer family, Vidya Balan finished her schooling and college at St. Anthony’s Girls School and St. Xavier’s College respectively and thereafter went on to do her Masters.
Although, she got her first offer to act in a Malayalam movie, Chakram, Vidya Balan’s career could not take off and hence she turned her attention to television. She appeared in a number of advertisements, also acted in a television serial, Hum Paanch and appeared in music videos.
Vidya Balan made her debut in the Bengali film, Bhalo Theko (2003). Her role was much appreciated. She then made her debut in Bollywood in Parineeta (2006) and excelled in her role, winning the Award for Best Female Debutant. She appeared in the blockbuster Lage Raho Munna Bhai (2006). In 2007, she acted in Mani Ratnam’s Guru as a girl suffering from multiple sclerosis, Salaam-e-Ishq, Eklavya: The Royal Guard, Heyy Babyy and Bhool Bhulaiyaa. All these films proved her versatility and her defiance to not fit into the glam doll mould of Bollywood actresses.
Vidya then played the role of a young independent single mother struggling with her son’s progeria syndrome in Paa (2009). Her portrayal of the role stood apart from the usual Bollywood maa roles and got her rave reviews from critics as well as the audience. True to her spirit of doing something different, Vidya then acted in Ishqiya (2010) and won accolades for the portrayal of the seductive widow.
Her movie, No One Killed Jessica (2011), did well at the box-office and her role in the movie was appreciated too. In 2011 her last release was super-hit film The Dirty Picture.Vidya was widely appreciated for her role and won almost all major awards in best actress category for her role in this film. She will be next seen in Kahaani and Ferrari Ki Sawaari.