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Known for pioneering a change in the portrayal of women in Hindi cinema with her roles in female-led films, she is the recipient of several awards , including a National Film Award and six Filmfare Awards. She was awarded the Padma Shri by the Government of India in Vidya aspired to a career in film from a young age and had her first acting role in the sitcom Hum Paanch. While pursuing a master's degree in sociology from the University of Mumbai , she made several unsuccessful attempts to start a career in film, and featured in television commercials and music videos.

She made her film debut by starring in the Bengali film Bhalo Theko and received praise for her first Hindi film, the drama Parineeta. This was followed by commercial successes in Lage Raho Munna Bhai and Bhool Bhulaiyaa , but her roles in the romantic comedies Heyy Babyy and Kismat Konnection had negative reviews.

Vidya went on to establish herself by starring in five consecutive commercial successes, which also earned her critical and awards recognition. She followed this with a series of films that performed poorly at the box office.

This changed when she starred as a radio jockey in Tumhari Sulu and a scientist in Mission Mangal The latter ranks as her highest-grossing release. Vidya also promotes humanitarian causes and supports the empowerment of women.

She initially drew criticism for her fluctuating weight and dress sense, but was later credited in the media for her unconventionality. Vidya is married to the film producer Siddharth Roy Kapur. Vidya was born on 1 January in Bombay present-day Mumbai , [1] to parents of Tamilian descent. Balan, is the executive vice-president of Digicable and her mother, Saraswathy Balan, is a homemaker.

Vidya grew up in the suburban neighbourhood of Chembur , Mumbai and attended St. Anthony Girls' High School. Xavier's College to pursue a bachelor's degree in sociology and later earned a master's degree from the University of Mumbai. While pursuing her master's degree, Vidya was cast as the female lead in the Malayalam film Chakram , opposite Mohanlal and was subsequently signed on for 12 other Malayalam language films.

In , she was cast as the female lead in N. Linguswamy 's Run However, after completing the first shooting schedule , she was unceremoniously dropped and replaced by Meera Jasmine.

He cast her in the central role of Aanandi, a young woman reminiscing about her past, for the combination of innocence and experience that he found in her. The film's producer Vidhu Vinod Chopra initially preferred an established actress in the part, but agreed to cast Vidya after she underwent six months of extensive tests.

In her next release of , the comedy Heyy Babyy , she starred opposite Akshay Kumar in her first glamorous, westernised role. Played by Shobana in the original, Vidya was challenged by the role of a woman suffering from dissociative identity disorder ; in preparation, she stayed in isolation for three days and once collapsed on set.

She explained her choice of this part as a deliberate attempt to move away from her comfort zone, but she found it difficult to dance alongside Kapoor. Vidya's career prospects improved in when R. Balki cast her in his comedy-drama Paa.

She was initially skeptical about playing the part, wondering if she could be maternal towards an actor of Bachchan's stature, who is over 30 years her senior. After insisting on a look test with Bachchan, she said that his effective transformation into a young boy had convinced her to accept the part. Vidya described her next role, in Abhishek Chaubey 's black comedy Ishqiya , to be "an epitome of grey".

She proves that she is miles ahead of the cookie cutter Barbie dolls that clutter Bollywood and that sensuality has very little to do with showing skin.

The year was key in Vidya's career, as she had starring roles in two commercially successful female-led films. Vidya was styled in men's dresses and loose-fitted clothing; several scenes were shot on location using hidden cameras, and she was pleased with the anonymity that her styling provided. Here's the kind of complex performance which you haven't evidenced in years and years. She next starred in the thriller Kahaani , directed by Sujoy Ghosh. Set in Kolkata during the Durga Puja festivities, the film starred Vidya as a pregnant woman in search of her missing husband.

Made on a shoestring budget, it was shot for over 64 days in the streets of Kolkata by means of guerrilla filmmaking.

Gupta of The Telegraph wrote that Vidya "gets into the physicality of a pregnant woman with unfailing mastery". After serving as a jury member at the Cannes Film Festival , Vidya starred in the comic thriller Ghanchakkar Critics liked their chemistry, but were unimpressed with the film.

The series of poorly received films continued with the romantic drama Hamari Adhuri Kahani She was drawn to playing a woman who commands respect and identified with her "silent aggression". In Srijit Mukherji 's period drama Begum Jaan , a remake of the filmmaker's own Bengali film Rajkahini , Vidya played the title role of a procurer from the s.

Vetticad of Firstpost wrote that she "issues one-liners in a monotone, but is unable to dig deep and summon up a relatable human being". She identified with her character's lively personality and was pleased to play a rare comic part. Vidya expanded into South Indian cinema in , with roles in the two-part Telugu biopic, titled N. R: Kathanayakudu and N. R: Mahanayakudu , and the Tamil drama Nerkonda Paarvai.

In the former two, which form the biographical account of actor-politician N. Rama Rao , she played Rao's first wife. In the same year, Vidya teamed with Akshay Kumar for the third time in Mission Mangal , about the Mars Orbiter Mission , which marked India's first interplanetary expedition. The short film Natkhat , a drama about a mother teaching her young son about gender equality, marked Vidya's first production venture.

The mass media has often speculated about a romantic relationship between Vidya and her co-actors, but she has strongly denied these reports. She said, "If someone who matters to you takes you down, it can break you. That someone whose approval mattered to me started to constantly find faults with me.

At that point of time, it was important to walk away from that relationship. Vidya is trained in Carnatic music and briefly studied the dance forms of Bharatnatyam and Kathak. Following the success of Parineeta and Lage Raho Munna Bhai , Vidya's film roles were subject to wide critical analysis. Her starring roles in Heyy Babyy and Kismat Konnection also led to considerable attention in the media for her "questionable wardrobe".

Several publications listed her as the "worst dressed actress" and her costume designers attributed her failure to carry off western clothes due to her weight and body structure. She's comfortable in her voluptuousness, and therefore in a sari. After portraying strong protagonists in Paa , Ishqiya , No One Killed Jessica , The Dirty Picture and Kahaani , Vidya was credited in the media for pioneering a movement that breaks the stereotypical portrayal of heroines in Bollywood.

Looking at [ India Today featured Vidya in their listing of the nation's most powerful women and noted that "she has toppled the all dominating hero, reducing him to a supporting role in a male dominated film industry". In , Vidya was awarded the Padma Shri , the fourth highest civilian award in India, for her contributions to the entertainment industry. Her films epitomise a distinct Indianness and a powerful womanhood". For her attempts to empower women, Vidya was awarded The Prabha Khaitan Puraskar by the Calcutta Chamber of Commerce; she was the youngest recipient of the award.

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