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Vidya Balan (born 1 January 1978) is an Indian actress. She has declared a vigorous career in Hindi films (Bollywood) and is the recipient of several awards, including a National Film Award, five Filmfare Awards, and five Screen Awards, and was awarded the Padma Shri by the Government of India in 2014. She is known for portraying sound female protagonists and has been customary in the media for breaking stereotypes of a Hindi film heroine.
Vidya aspired to a career in film from a pubescent age, and had her first acting role in the 1995 sitcom Hum Paanch. She pursued a master’s degree in sociology from the University of Mumbai and simultaneously made several fruitless attempts to begin a career in film. She taking into consideration featured in various television commercials and music videos, and in 2003 made her feature film debut as the protagonist of the independent Bengali exchange Bhalo Theko. In 2005 Vidya garnered acclaim for her first Hindi film, the musical the stage Parineeta, and followed it bearing in mind than a leading role in the highly expertly-to-obtain 2006 comedy film Lage Raho Munna Bhai. This initial doing was followed by roles in the indulgent comedies Heyy Babyy (2007) and Kismat Konnection (2008) which met like negative reviews.
The year 2009 marked the beginning of the most lively era in Vidya’s career as she portrayed five consecutive roles to wide vital approbation in the 2009 drama Paa, the 2010 black comedy Ishqiya, the 2011 semi-biographical thriller No One Killed Jessica, the 2011 biopic The Dirty Picture, and the 2012 thriller Kahaani. These roles highly thought of her as a leading actress of Hindi cinema and earned her the tag of a “female hero”. In adjoin to acting in films, Vidya promotes humanitarian causes and supports the empowerment of women. She initially drew criticism for her fluctuating weight and “questionable” dress wisdom, but was well along overseer in the media for “not morphing herself to fit into any pleasant slot”. She is married to the film producer Siddharth Roy Kapur.