Happy birthday Vidya Balan!

The Dirty Picture actor turns a year older today, January 1

Vidya Balan, who struck gold at the box office this year with The Dirty Picture, turns 34 on the first day of 2012. Vidya was a model for several products before she entered Bollywood with Parineeta at the age of 27. She was praised for her performance by critics and audiences alike and went on to give other hits like Lage Raho Munnabhai, Guru, Ishqiya, Paa, No One Killed Jessica (NOKJ) and of course, The Dirty Picture. Vidya has suffered her share of criticism too, thanks to her outfits and her link ups with her co-stars, but she’s managed to rise above it all with her dignity intact. She’s found love too. Vidya is dating UTV head honcho Siddharth Roy Kapoor. Buzz is that they met during the shoot of NOKJ, a UTV Spotboy production. SRK has bought an expensive apartment in Juhu, a suburb of Mumbai, for the two of them of live in. We wish Vidya a very happy birthday and hope 2012 brings her even more joy than 2011 has brought.