Vidya Balan was born on 1 January 1978 in Poothamkurussy, Puthur, a town in the Palakkad District of Kerala, to P. R. Balan, and Saraswathy Balan,
In 2005 Vidya made her Hindi film debut with Parineeta. The film, an adaptation of Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay's novel of the same name. It was made in Hindi earlier also. Parineeta's role fetched Vidya a Best Female Debut award and a nomination for Best Actress at the annual Filmfare Awards ceremony. In 2006, Vidya appeared opposite Sanjay Dutt in Rajkumar Hirani's comedy film Lage Raho Munna Bhai, which was a blockbuster with earnings of INR 1.19 billion.
In 2007 Vidya played a supporting role in Mani Ratnam's semi-biographical drama Guru as a woman suffering from multiple sclerosis. Vidya also had a supporting role in Vidhu Vinod Chopra's suspense thriller Eklavya: The Royal Guard. She acted as Isha Sahni, a single mother, in Sajid Khan's Heyy Babyy, alongside co-stars Akshay Kumar, Ritesh Deshmukh, and Fardeen Khan. The comedy film was a box-office success. In 2007, Vidya had a lead role in psychological thriller Bhool Bhulaiyaa, as Avani Chaturvedi a woman suffering from dissociative identity disorder. The film had Akshay Kumar, and Ameesha Patel also and it was a commercial success with a worldwide revenue of over Rupees 83 crore.
In 2008's social film Halla Bol, Vidya played a supporting role alongside Ajay Devgn and Pankaj Kapur. Her next film in the year was Kismat Konnection.
In 2009 Vidya played the role of an unwed gynaecologist struggling with her 12-year-old son's progeria syndrome, in the R. Balki-directed Paa. Amitabh Bachchan played the role of Vidya's son and Abhishek Bachchan played the titular character. Her portrayal in the film won her several awards, including a Filmfare Award for Best Actress and a Screen Award for Best Actress.
Vidya's Ishqiya (2010) earned her a Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actress, a second consecutive Best Actress award at Screen and a nomination for Best Actress at Filmfare.
Raj Kumar Gupta's semi-biographical thriller No One Killed Jessica with Rani Mukerji was Vidya's first release of 2011. The film, based on the Jessica Lal murder case, had earnings of INR490 million and was a commercial success despite the absence of a male lead.
Vidya's appeared in Ekta Kapoor's production The Dirty Picture, a biopic based on the life and death of the controversial Indian actress Silk Smitha. The film was eventually declared a blockbuster, earning Rupees 114 crore. Vidya got a second Filmfare Award, a third consecutive Screen Award, and a National Film Award for Best Actress.
For her next feature film, Vidya starred as Vidya Bagchi, a pregnant woman in search of her missing husband in Sujoy Ghosh's Kahaani (2012). Kahaani had revenues of over INR 104 crore. Vidya won a fourth consecutive Best Actress Award at Screen and a third Best Actress Award at Filmfare.
Vidya starred opposite Emraan Hashmi as a loud and boisterous Punjabi woman in Ghanchakkar, a comic-thriller from director Raj Kumar Gupta.The romantic comedy Shaadi Ke Side Effects was Vidya's first film release of 2014. Her second film release that year was the comedy-drama Bobby Jasoos in which she played the role of a woman who aspires to be a detective.
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