Named for the Padma Shri on Saturday, the Bollywood actor found herself running out of words to describe her gratitude
Vidya Balan, who is overwhelmed with the announcement, has dedicated the fourth highest civilian award to her family.
“I’m thrilled. I’m overjoyed. I’m overwhelmed. I’m honoured. I’m humbled…..! I’m running out of words to express my feelings and gratitude,” said Vidya.
“To be receiving this honour from the government of my country is a matter of great pride for me and I dedicate this award to my family who made me, me,” she added.
Vidya featured on the small screen entertainer Hum Paanch before taking baby steps into the big Bollywood world. She made her cinematic debut in 2005 with Parineeta, an adaptation of a 1914 eponymous Bengali novel. She then proved her versatility film after film. Her strong presence and performance in films like Paa, Ishqiya, No One Killed Jessica and Kahaani have made her a sought after name in Bollywood.
Her most power-packed performance came in the form of The Dirty Picture, where her portrayal of southern sex siren Silk Smitha won her a best actor National award. In 2012, she married Siddharth Roy Kapur, managing director of Studios, Disney UTV.