Vidya Balan is an award winning Bollywood actress who was born in Poothamkurussy, Puthur of Kerala. Her birthday is 1st of January in 1978. Her parents are Saraswathy and P. R Balan. Her elder sister is Priya Balan and her second cousin is Indian actress Priyamani. She studied at a High School in Mumbai and in 1995, at the age of sixteen, she played the role of Radhika in the first season of Ekta Kapoor's TV series named “Hum
Paanch”. In her teenage, she was inspired by Indian actress
Shabana Azmi and
Madhuri Dixit. She studied Sociology in St. Xavier's College and completed Master's in Mumbai University. She has appeared in several TV commercials and also she has starred in music videos. Vidya has briefly studied Carnatic music, Bharatnatyam and Kathak. She was listed as the "India's hottest vegetarian" in polls conducted by PETA in 2011 and 2012.
In 2003, she commenced her career in feature film industry with the Bengali movie “Bhalo Theko”. “
Parineeta” (2005) was her foremost Hindi movie. There she played the role of Lalita. Parineeta was a box-office hit and Vidya received the Filmfare best actress award in 2006, for her performances in Parineeta. Later, she appeared in “
Lage Raho Munna Bhai” (2006) co starred with
Sanjay Dutt. In 2007, she appeared in romantic comedy film “
Heyy Babyy”. Heyy Babyy is a remake of Hollywood film “Three Men and a Baby”. Vidya played the role of Isha Sahni and the movie became an overnight hit. She got the opportunity of working with director
Aziz Mirza, in 2008. Aziz selected Vidya for the role of Priya, in “
Kismat Konnection”. The victorious period of her career as a Hindi actress began in the year 2009. She appeared in five different successive films, including “Paa” (2009), “
Ishqiya” (2010), “
The Dirty Picture” (2011), Kahaani (2012). Her prominent acting skills in those roles recognized her in Hindi cinema. She has won the National Film Award for best actress (Dirty picture), five Filmfare Awards for Parineeta (2005), Paa (2009), The Dirty Picture (2011), and Kahaani (2012) and Ishqiya (2010), five Screen Awards and Padma Shri Award in 2014. Vidya Balan got married to Siddharth Roy Kapoor, the CEO of UTV Motion Pictures on 14th of December 2012 in Bandra, Mumbai.