“Some people warned me against getting married soon. They said your career will end if you do. I felt I wanted to marry Siddharth (Roy Kapur) and I went ahead and married him. And I guess he felt like he wanted to marry me, so we are married today. If I hadn’t felt it for the next ten years probably I wouldn’t have got married. There is no right time. There’s never a right time.”
“When there is a good female performance, I tend to be biased. And you also think about how you could have done the role. But when I saw Barfi!, I knew nobody but Priyanka could have done this role. Also, I have been a huge fan of Sridevi. Most often than not when people make comebacks there’s something that’s lost. But with Sridevi, she was there! Both these performances really inspired me.”
“Neither of my first two Malayalam films got completed, and I walked out of the third, a Tamil film, because I was not comfortable. I was replaced in another Tamil film with the excuse that I could not act. They made me feel ugly to the point where I was scared to look in the mirror. In retrospect I thank God, and by God's grace today the going is good.”
Vidya Balan grew up in Mumbai and studied at St. Antony’s School. She graduated in Sociology from St Xavier’s College. She got her first movie offer when she was doing her MA from the Mumbai University. It was for a Malayalam film titled Chakram with Mohanlal. Unfortunately, the film was shelved mid-way because of some issues between the director and Mohanlal. Then Vidya had to wait for a few more years to make her movie debut as a lot of the South movies she signed got shelved.
In 1998, Vidya started modelling with a Surf Excel advertisement. Later she appeared in more than 25 commercials, including brands like Ponds and Bajaj. She also acted in a few music videos with Euphoria, Shubha Mudgal and Pankaj Udhas. She was also seen in TV serials such as Ashok Pandit’s Hanste Khelte and Ektaa Kapoor’s Hum Paanch as well as a Bengali movie Bhalo Theko with actor Joy Sengupta.
In 2005, she made her debut in Bollywood with Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s Parineeta, directed by Pradeep Sarkar and went to do the much acclaimed Raju Hirani film Munnabhai MBBS in 2006. Vidya went through a lean patch when she received criticism for her style statements in Heyy Baby (2007) and Kismet Konnection (2008). But she soon got back into top form by doing one hit film each year – Paa (2009), Ishqiya (2010), No One Killed Jessica (2011), The Dirty Picture (2011), and Kahaani (2012). In 2013, Vidya will be seen in two films – Ghanchakkar opposite Emraan Hashmi and Shaadi Ke Side Effects with Farhan Akhtar.
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