Vidya Balan: The woman who’ll make you go Ooh La La
Vidya Balan is an Indian actress who rose to prominence after few unsuccessful attempts to establish her feet in the Bollywood industry. She is a protruding figure in the Bollywood, and one of the technically sound actresses in the industry. There are very few actresses in the industry that can match the abilities and flair possessed by the gorgeous Vidya. She has received many awards throughout her career for her sensational roles in her movies. Vidya makes the list of one of the high profile actresses around the country. The actress has revolutionized the face of the industry by depicting strong female heroines in an industry dominated by the male counterparts.
Vidya Balan Age, Height, and Other Numbers
The gorgeous actress has impressed the audiences and the critics with stellar performances. Instead of following the herd of actresses to achieve a petite figure, she has embraced her curvaceous figure with sheer grace and elegance. She has embraced the Indian Sari and loves appearing at several award functions and ceremonies in her Indian attire. Here’s a complete trump card about the fine-looking actress.
Vidya Balan Body Vitals
Age: 39 years (as in 15th April 2017)
Height: 5 feet 4 inches, 165 centimeters
Weight: 60 kilograms, 132 pounds
Curves: 35-28-25 (all measurements in inches)
Hair Color: Black
Eye Color: Dark Brown
Vidya Balan Biography
Vidya Balan was born on the first day of the year, 1979. Though her hometown is a small village, Pallakad in Kerela, she was born in Chembur, Mumbai. She completed her primary and secondary schooling from the St. Anthony Girl’s High School in Chembur. She had an ode towards acting right from her early childhood. Her parents encouraged her for the acting career but insisted her to complete her education before she could enter the realm of Bollywood. She completed her graduation in Sociology from the infamous St. Xavier’s College of Mumbai. She had a huge impact on herself from the glorious careers of Madhuri Dixit and Shabana Azmi.
Vidya Balan Family
The sensational actress was blessed to a mixed Tamil and Malayalam family. Her father, P. R. Balan is a retired vice president of the Digicable Network while her mom is a housewife. She has an elder sister, Priya works in an advertising agency. Priyamani, a famous South Indian actress is her second cousin.
Vidya Balan Filmography
Vidya Balan first made her screen debut with an infamous comedy series, Hum Panch. She was then offered a role in an Anurag Kashyap’s daily soap, but she rejected it owing to concentrate on a career in the mainstream Bollywood. She tried her hands on Malayalam film industry but failed to manage a single release out of the 12 films she had signed. She was labeled as a jinx and filmmakers avoided confrontations with the gorgeous actress. She then shifted her caravan to Tamil films, only to leave a bitter taste in her mouth. She signed multiple films but not one of them succeeded to make a theatrical release. By then she had acted in more than 60 advertisements and music videos, most of them were functioned under the banner of Pradeep Sarkar. She made her first big screen debut with Bhalo Theko which garnered the actress with plenty of fame and recognition.
The Bollywood Entry
Vidya Balan made her Bollywood entry with a small cameo in Parineeta. She received plenty of recognition and applause for her role in the movie. Her fantastic performance in the movie got the eyes of many filmmakers in the country. Therefore, Balan made her first film appearance as a leading lady in the Raju Hirani’s Lage Raho Munna Bhai. Then the film was a huge success across the nation and helped Balan to cement her position in the realm of Bollywood.
By the end of 2007, Vidya had appeared in five more films in the industry. The first of two was Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai starring Guru. The film was received well by the audiences but Vidya went unnoticed due to her inferior role in the movie. Her next release was the Salaam-E-Ishq that had a star-studded lineup. She was paired opposite John Abraham in the film. The film was a commercially and critically unsuccessful, but Vidya Bala stood out in her roles amidst several superstars like Salman Khan and co. in the movie.
The Best of Vidya
She acted in several films in Bollywood, but couldn’t shine out. Till then, everyone in the industry had come across the acting prowess Vidya possessed. Though she didn’t have the sharpest of looks, she managed to enthrall the audiences and the critics with her ability to emote and blow life in characters. She rose to prominence after 2010 with her critically acclaimed films like Paa, Ishqiya, and No One Killed Jessica. She got better with her choices of scripts with her growing time in the industry.
Her performance in the Dirty Picture stunned the masses and the entire clan of critics. She absolutely nailed the role of the South Indian actress, Silk Smitha with ease and poise. She put on 12 kilograms for her portrayal of the heroine. The film tasted success in every form, may it be the audiences or the critics. Her splurging boldness and exquisite characterization coupled with prolific acting and bewildering dialogues got the film going across all platforms. It was a talking stock for months to come and won many awards and accolades throughout the year after it released. Vidya was then seen in the Kahaani series, where her performance was met with appreciation.
Vidya Balan is a complete actress and her ability to emote can woo any audience. Here are few films from the actress that prove her prominence and mettle in the Indian Film Industry
Vidya Balan Hit Films
- Kahaani (2012)
- The Dirty Picture (2011)
- Ishqiya (2010)
- Paa (2009)
- Parineeta (2005)
- Guru (2007)
- No One Killed Jessica (2011)
- Lage Raho Munna Bhai (2006)
- Bhool Bhooliya (2007)
Apart from her acting abilities and stunning looks, she can dance too. Her moves are exquisite and can shake her leg to perfection. Here is a list of Vidya Balan’s hit songs where she delivers outstanding performances to life the mood of the visuals in the song.
Vidya Balan Hit Songs
- Humnava, Humari Adhuri Kahani (2015)
- Ooh La La, The Dirty Picture (2011)
- Pal Pal Har Pal, Lagey Raho Munna Bhai (2006)
- Eklo Chalo Re, Kahani (2012)
- Dil Toh Baccha Hain Ji, Ishqiya (2010)
- Piyu Bole, Parineeta (2005)
- Ishq Sufiyana, The Dirty Picture (2011)
- Tenu LeKe, Salam-E-Ishq (2008)
- Samjho Ho Hi Gaya, Lagey Raho Munna Bhai (2006)
- Mala Jau De, Ferrari Ki Sawari (2014)
Likes, Dislikes, and More
Her love for saris is known to all. But apart from draping in a beautifully crafted loin cloth, she is an avid reader as well. She loves to read and has a whole lot of book collections at her disposal.
Favorite Food: Thai Cuisine
Favorite Films: Golmaal (1979), before sunrise, before sunset
Favorite Director: Hrishikesh Mukherjee and Gulzar
Favorite Destination: New Zealand and New York
Favorite Musician: Zakir Hussain, Enrique Iglesias, Medieval Pandits, Michael Jackson, Indian Ocean.
Favorite Color: Red
Favorite Perfume: Issey Miyake, Elizabeth Arden.
Relationships, Affairs, and More
There is no adequate proof to comply that Shahid Kapoor and Vidya Balan were dating, but there were strung rumors during the time they were shooting for Kismat Konnection. Reports suggest that the duo couldn’t go far due to many misunderstandings between them and a bad air about their relationship in the media. Apart from that, Vidya has maintained a low-key about her personal life.
Vidya tied the knot to Sidharth Roy Kapoor on December 14, 2012, in Bandra. Siddharth Roy Kapoor is a famous businessman in India and also engages in the producing of many feature films. He is the CEO of UTV Motion Pictures, a household name in the Indian Media.
Controversies like no other
Superstars are bound to controversies. While some create a huge raucous in lives, few manage to get the desired attention for the betterment of their movies. Little or too many, hardly any superstar is far from getting into controversies. At some point or the other, the epidemic strikes into Superstar’s lives, no matter how careful or carefree they tackle them. Here is a listicle of controversies our wonderful Vidya has run into.
Vidya Balan Controversies
- The Shahid-Vidya Link Up
The entire industry was ridiculed when the rumors of the duo dating emerged. It was an ugly set of events and both the actors were tagged as a perfect mismatch. Not only their age difference but also their bonding was quite an off on and off the screen. Vidya came out to support their proximity by claiming to give a crying shoulder to Shahid after his split with Kareena Kapoor.
- Saif-Vidya Saga
Co-stars are heavily linked to each other prior and after their release of their films. Such was the case with Vidya and Saif Ali Khan. The duo was rumored to be dating but things couldn’t much fire and everything settled for once and for all.
- The Dirtiest Picture
Vidya was caught in quite a stir for her extremely bold portrayal of Silk Smitha. Many women in Andhra Pradesh protested for the wrong portrayal of their beloved actress. Several people came on streets to convey they disgust by burning film banners. Contrary, actress’s brother had moved to Andhra Pradesh high court to seek justice against the makers of the Dirty Picture.
- Flab issues
Vidya has always struggled to find a perfect body according to the media standards. People have written her off due to her over weight issues. Nonetheless, the prolific actress has silenced her haters with the grace and elegance she has exhibited in each of her films. Afterall, she is a top-notch professional and embraces her body to utter perfection.
- Divorce on the cards?
There seemed a trouble in paradise after news stirred up of Siddharth Roy Kapoor seeing another woman. Many speculated that the duo was on the verge of a split and add to the infamous history books of the Bollywood. Somehow, both have managed to balance things for the betterment of their marriage.
Awards, Accolades, and Recognitions
She has stunned the audiences with some strong stellar performances in many of her films. Her role as silk was adorned by the millions. She managed to pull the strong female-oriented roles in each of Kahaani series. Apart from winning the national award, she has had her hands on several prestigious awards in the industry. Here are a few mentions of the awards won by the gorgeous actress throughout her career.
Vidya Balan Awards
- 3 Filmfare awards for the best actress for Paa, The Dirty Picture, and Kahaani (2010, 2012, 2013)
- Padma Shri (2014)
- Filmfare award for the best female debut for Parineeta (2006)
- National Film award for the best actress for The Dirty Picture (2012)
- 2 Screen award for the best actress for Kahaani, The Dirty Picture (2013,2012)
- Filmfare critics award for the best actress for Ishqiya (2010)
- 3 IIFA awards for the best actress for Paa, The Dirty Picture, and Kahaani (2010, 2012, 2013)
- Stardust award for the actor of the year for The Dirty Picture (2012)
- 2 Zee Cine awards for the best actress in The Dirty Picture and Ishqiya (2012, 2011)
- IIFA Award for the star debut of the year for Parineeta (2006)
- Stardust award for the superstar of the tomorrow for Parineeta (2006)
- 3 Guild awards for the best actress in a leading role for Paa, The Dirty Picture, and Kahaani (2010, 2012, 2013)
- 2 times Big Star most entertaining film actor-female for Ishqiya and The Dirty Picture (2010, 2012)
- Guild award for the best female debut for Parineta (2006)
The Social Media Buzz
Vidya Balan is partially active on the social media platforms. She is active on twitter with the handle, @vidya_balan. She has 1.55 million followers on the short messaging site. She is also proactive on Instagram with a fan following of 670k. Her Instagram username is @balanvidya. She connects with her fans through her facebook page which goes by the name @RealVidyaBalan.
She is one of the finest actresses to swirl up the magic on the screens. With unmatched proficiency in acting and supreme characterization of her roles in her movies, Vidya continues to amaze the Indian audiences. Her elegance is contagious and her persona has the ability to do wonders on and off the screen. We hope to see the talented Vidya deliver joy and outrageous performances through her films.