Vidya Balan

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Vidya was born in Palghat, Kerala, India. Her family consists of her dad, P.R. Balan, who is the Vice-President of ETC Channel; mom - a home-maker, and an elder sister, Priya, who is married to Kedar. She also has an aunt by the name of Raji Raju. The Balan family re-located to live at Road No. 11, near Ambedkar Garden, Chembur, Bombay, when Vidya was very young. She studied in St. Anthony's Convent School, and thereafter in St. Xavier's College from where she obtained a degree in Sociology. She then went on to obtain a Masters degree in Sociology from Bombay University. She also studied and performed in Prithvi Theaters' workshops. Due to tradition of most Tamil-Iyer families, Vidya and her Priya learned Carnatic dance form during their early childhood days, but Vidya opted out as the dance classes took place early on Sunday mornings and as she is not an early riser. Considerably overweight, rather tomboyish, during her school-days, and an ardent fan of Shahrukh Khan, she decided to shed those extra pounds when she elected to opt for modeling and movies. Facing disappointment after being rejected by a Tamil producer, she nevertheless persisted until she got her first break with a Malyalam movie 'Chakram' opposite Mohanlal, however, the project was shelved, and she had to wait until 1998 to debut in a Surf Excel commercial. She then went on to appear in several commercials directed by Pradeep Sarkar. She completed nearly 90 such ads. She appeared in three music videos for Pankaj Udhas, Euphoria, and Shubha Mudgal in supporting roles. She then also appeared in two TV serials Ekta Kapoor's 'Hum Paanch', and Ashok Pandit's 'Hanste Khelte'. During 2003 she was signed-up to play a role in a Bengali movie 'Bhaalo Theko' opposite Joy Sengupta. This project was completed during the year 2006, and was a considerable hit. Then during 2006 Vidya was approached by Vidhu Vinod Chopra during a pop-concert in Mumbai to play a lead role in 'Parineeta'. She then had to undergo 17 make-up shoots and 40 screen tests before being chosen for this role. All this hard work did result in success as 'Parineeta' was very well received so much so that the Tamil producer, who had previously rejected her, invited her to appear in a 'Dasavatharam' opposite Kamal Hassan, and now it was Vidya's turn to reject this offer which eventually went to 'Asin'. Apart from acting, Vidya occupies herself for supporting education for young Indians by promoting children's' books; is associated with Americans for Aids Research; with Hale House - that provides support and housing for children born with HIV and drug abuse; as well as hosting forums and attending events for Harvard Aids Institute. When she was single, she was never involved in any scandal and claimed to get along well with both female and male friends. In 2012, she married producer Siddharth Roy Kapur An ardent devotee of Bhagwan Shri Sai Baba, she makes it a point to attend Mandirs every Thursday. She is proficient in Tamil, Malyalam, Hindi, English, Bengali, and can also read Urdu.

Born on: 1 January, 1978

Born in: Palakkad, Kerala, India

Height: 5' 4"

Nickname(s): Vidya P Balan

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The actress apparently is a cleanliness freak and allegedly suffers from OCS (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder). She is also said to have played cupid for all her friends and loved to set her friends up.

The actress who started her career with TV and was a known face on Ekta Kapoor's popular serial 'Hum Paanch', before she fought her way to act in regional cinema. When she was rejected by a Tamil producer and her Malayalam film opposite superstar Mohanlal titled 'Chakram' was shelved. Vidya then debuted as a model in 1998 with the Surf Excel ad. She went on to do many ads and music videos before she got her break on the silver screen.

As she was not from the film industry, Vidya had to work her way up the ladder from ads to music videos till she finally got her break with Vidhu Vinod Chopra's film 'Parineeta', which saw her receive great commercial and critical acclaim. The actress had to go through 40 screen tests and had to do 17 make up shoots before the director selected her as his film's heroine.

She may have carved a niche for herself in Bollywood, but Vidya Balan's journey was far from easy. The multiple award winning actress who served as jury member at the Cannes Film Festival last year, faced a lot of disappointments, and had to traverse a tough and obstacles-filled road to success.

A Tamilian from Kerala, she hails from the Iyer community in Palghat, on the border of Tamil Nadu and Kerala.

Did her schooling from St. Antony's School and later on at St. Xavier's College where she graduated in Sociology. She soon started work on her MA from Mumbai University when she was offered a role in a Malayalam film starring Mohanlal, but it was later shelved due to issues with the director.

Speaks English, Hindi, Malayalam, and Tamil. After filming Parineeta (2005), can also speak Bengali quite well.

Listed as number 8 of 'Top Bollywood Actresses' of 2006. (rediff.com, 8-25-2006)

Granddaughter-in-law of Producer, Director G Rakesh.

Daughter-in-law of actress, model Salome (Tu Hi Mere Zindagi 1965).
Personal Quotes:
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.
"I suffered from a persecution complex"
14 Apr 2014, by Film Fare
Vidya Balan Receives Padma Shri!
31 Mar 2014, by Entertainment Oneindia