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Vidya Balan

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Vidya Balan

Also Known As: Vids, Viddu, Silk

January 1, 1978

Height: 5'3"

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Married to Siddharth Roy Kapur

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.