Vidya Balan
Vidya Balan

She bravely fought for her sister in No One Killed Jessica and was unabashedly sexy in The Dirty Picture. But the sky isn’t enough for Vidya Balan. The actress has been nominated for TIME magazine’s list of most influential people of 2012.


Vidya Balan joins the rank of world leaders, artists, innovators, icons and heroes like Adele, Vladimir Putin, Aung San Suu Kyi, Lady Gaga, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and others to make it to TIME’s Most Influential People. The magazine describes the sari-loving actress as “Balan started her career with romantic fluff, playing coy, chaste leading ladies, but has found critical acclaim (and box-office success) playing real women with real desires… She’s more popular than ever, a Bollywood icon for the knowing woman of the new India.”

Vidya is one of the five Indians on the poll list this year. Other Indians on the list include master blaster Sachin Tendulkar, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, social activist Anna Hazare and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.

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