Vidya Balan Biography
Vidya was born in the Tamil-speaking Balan family on January 1, 1978 in Palghat, Kerala, India.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.
Vidya Balan is a Tamilian from Kerala. She is from the Iyer community. She comes from a middleclass family from Palghat, on the border of Tamil Nadu and Kerala.Vidya did her schooling from St Antony’s School and later on joined St Xavier’s College from where she graduated in sociology.
When she was doing her MA from Mumbai University, she was offered a role in a Malayalam film titled Chakram with Mohanlal, one of Vidya’s favorite actors.She made her debut as a model in a Surf Excel advertisement in 1998. She has acted in scores of ad films, most of which were directed by Pradeep Sarkar.
Vidya Film Career:
Her acting career started when she signed up for the Malayalam film Chakram, alongside Mohanlal but the film was shelved. After that, she signed on for the Tamil film, Run, but for reasons undisclosed, she was dropped after a first schedule and replaced by Meera Jasmine.When Chakram was restarted with Prithviraj in the lead, Meera Jasmine was chosen ahead of Balan again.
She then turned to television advertising. From 1998 onwards, she appeared in numerous television ads, many of which were directed by Pradeep Sarkar. She also took supporting roles in music videos, appearing with singers and bands such as Euphoria, Shubha Mudgal, and Pankaj Udhas. Balan also portrayed the role of Radhika Mathur in a few episodes of the later seasons of Hum Paanch.
In 2003, she appeared in the Bengali film, Bhalo Theko directed by Goutam Halder , for which she won the Anandalok Puraskar Best Actress award in Kolkata. Balan next made her Hindi film debut in Parineeta. Her performance in that film was acclaimed by critics, earning her a Filmfare Best Female Debut Award and a nomination for Filmfare Best Actress Award. After the success of her first two films, the producer who dropped her from Manasellam was keen to sign her opposite Kamal Hassan for Dasavathaaram but she rejected the offer and Asin Thottumkal was signed instead. In 2006, she appeared opposite Sanjay Dutt in the blockbuster film Lage Raho Munna Bhai. Once again her performance was well received by critics
and the film became the second highest grossing film of that year.
Mani Ratnam’s Guru was Balan’s first release in 2007, in which she played a woman suffering from Multiple Sclerosis. The film performed well at the box office.and her role was appreciated. Her next two releases were Salaam-e-Ishq: A Tribute To Love (2007) and Eklavya: The Royal Guard (2007) which grossed over Rs. 180 million; Eklavya was selected as India’s official entry to the Oscars for the 80th Academy Awards.Balan’s last two releases of the year, Heyy Babyy (2007) and Bhool Bhulaiyaa (2007), were both commercial hits.
In 2009, Balan played the role of Vidya, a young independent gynecologist who is also a single-mother struggling with her 12-year-old son’s Progeria syndrome, in Paa. Amitabh Bachchan played Balan’s son Auro.
The film was received well by critics and Balan’s performance was praised. Sukanya Verma from Rediff wrote, “Vidya Balan slips into the skin of a doting mom with such ease without the mollycoddling tone Bollywood’s young mothers often resort to. Balan is poignant yet restrained and projects an impressive figure of grace and integrity, reminiscent of Dimple Kapadia in the 1980s.”;Nikhat Kazmi from The Times of India noted, “Balan lends a rare dignity to the image of the Bollywood mom. With her quiet grace and controlled emotions, she is Mother Courage incarnate.” Her portrayal ultimately won her a Filmfare Award for Best Actress and a Star Screen Award for Best Actress, among other awards. Her next release was Ishqiya.
She is involved with Chenab Gandhi directed by Vibhu Puri and written by Bhavani Iyer, centers around Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan, also known as Frontier Gandhi. Director Nikhil Advani announced in late January 2009 that he is to work with Vidya. Chand Bhai will be the title of this film and Akshay Kumar will co-star. The film is based on juvenile delinquency.Balan is also set to star in UTV Spotboy’s No One Killed Jessica alongside Rani Mukerji
Her recent releases include the super hit sensation Lage Raho Munna Bhai, Guru, Eklavya etc. Vidya has many promising films coming up. ‘Hey Baby’ with Akshay Kumar, Bhool Bhulaiya, Halla Bol, Suryamukhi, then there is Stella an English comedy which also stars Hollywood actor Brendan Fraser, along with Madhavan.