Vidya Balan

The Bollywood Actress with a difference


Vidya Balan, an multi award-winning actress, is an absolute trailblazer of 'ahead-of-times' women-oriented roles in Bollywood. Known for her powerful protagonist portrayal, Vidya Balan has been recognized in the media for changing the concept of a Bollywood heroine.

Vidya Balan's career started with the 1995 sitcom 'Hum Paanch'. In 2003 she made her feature film debut in the Bengali drama 'Bhalo Theko'.

After her 2005 drama 'Parineeta', Vidya Balan became a success, followed by a leading role in 'Lage Raho Munna Bhai'.

Always portraying powerful women characters in her movies such as 'Parineeta', 'Ishqiya', 'No One Killed Jessica', 'The Dirty Picture', 'Paa' and 'Kahaani' , she has established a niche in Indian cinema before 'female-centric' roles became mainstream in Bollywood.

Awards and Accomplishments

Awards and Accomplishments

Vidya Balan received her first Filmfare Award for the ‘Best Female Debut’ for ‘Parineeta‘ and the ‘Best Actress Award’ for ‘Paa’ (2009). She received the ‘National Film Award’ for ‘The Dirty Picture’ and five Filmfare Awards.

The Government of India awarded her the ‘Padma Shri’ in 2014 for her contribution to the arts.

Why Vidya Balan ?

Vidya Balan has consistently defied stereotypes with her roles, bringing her characters to life with powerful performances, and thereby becoming a key figure in the portrayal of strong women in Bollywood.

In addition to acting, she is also a strong advocate of women’s empowerment and talks about how important it is for women to take a stand and move forward. 

Vidya openly tackles complex problems in her talks by combining serious topics with humour. She believes that every woman should be a spokesperson by discovering the strength and the power for leading a life of one’s desire.

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