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Happy Birthday Vidya Balan

Vidya Balan has carved a niche with her acting abilities and not so conventional looks in the industry. Known as the woman who’s given new direction to contemporary cinema Vidya Balan turns a yerar older today.
 
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Vidya Balan has carved a niche with her acting abilities and not so conventional looks in the industry. Known as the woman who’s given new direction to contemporary cinema Vidya Balan turns a yerar older today.

Vidya's name has become synonymous with passion for meaningful cinema and experimentation with challenging roles. Looks like she has mastered the art of picking the 'explosive' scripts and giving 'killer' performances. Today she turns a yerar older Happy Birthday Vidya Balan.

Vidya Balan was born on 1 January 1978 in Ottapalam, a town in the Palakkad District of Kerala.

vidya Balan grew up in the suburban neighbourhood of Chembur, Mumbai and was schooled at St. Anthony Girls' High School.From a young age she aspired to a career in film and was inspired by the work of actors Shabana Azmi and Madhuri Dixit. At the age of sixteen, she starred in the first season of Ekta Kapoor's sitcom Hum Paanch as Radhika, a bespectacled teenager. Following the success of the show, Balan refused director Anurag Basu's offer to star in a television soap opera, as she wanted to concentrate on a film career. Her parents were supportive of her decision but encouraged her to complete her education first, so she attended St. Xavier's College to pursue a bachelor's degree in sociology and later earned a master's degree from the University of Mumbai.

After making several unsuccessful attempts to start a career in film, she acted in television commercials and music videos. In 2003, she made her feature film debut with the independent Bengali drama Bhalo Theko.

In 2005 Balan garnered praise for her first Hindi film, Parineeta, and followed it with a leading role in the blockbuster Lage Raho Munna Bhai (2006). Her subsequent portrayal of glamorous characters in the films Heyy Babyy (2007) and Kismat Konnection (2008) met with negative comments from film critics. The year 2009, however, marked the beginning of the most successful period in Balan's career as she portrayed five consecutive roles to wide critical acclaim in Paa (2009), Ishqiya (2010), No One Killed Jessica (2011), The Dirty Picture (2011), and Kahaani (2012). These roles have earned her the tag of a "female hero" and established her as a leading contemporary actress of Hindi cinema.

Balan has received one National Film Award, four Filmfare Awards and four Screen Awards. She initially drew criticism for her fluctuating weight and poor dress sense, but was later credited in the media for retaining her individuality and breaking stereotypes of a Hindi film heroine. Balan is a social activist and supports the empowerment of women. In December 2012, she married film producer Siddharth Roy Kapur.
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