Bollywood actress Vidya Balan tied the knot with UTV head Siddharth Roy Kapoor this year in a ceremony which saw a mix of both Punjabi and Tamil traditions. Vidya is seen in a file photo.
Made on a shoestring budget of Rs 8 crore, Sujoy Ghosh-directed 'Kahaani' revolved around seven-month pregnant Vidya Bagchi. High on suspense, thrill and drama, the film entertained audiences so much so that it became a gold spinner by raking in Rs 59.26 crore at the box-office. Vidya is seen in a file photo.
She made her movies debut with Gautam Halder's 'Bhalo Theko' in 2003. Vidya is seen in a file photo.
She won a National Award for her film The Dirty Picture where she played the role of yesteryear actress Silk Smitha. Vidya is seen in a file photo.
But Vidya said what is important is that new kinds of roles are being written for actresses and feels a lot has changed over the years. Vidya is seen in a file photo.
She recently got high praise from veteran actress Waheeda Rehman who said she sees a reflection of herself in Vidya Balan, who has shown great maturity in selecting her films. Vidya is seen in a file photo.
Her directors are ecstatic when they describe the experience of working with Vidya. She has finished almost 80 per cent of the shooting of her next film 'Ghanchakkar', and the movie's director, Rajkumar Gupta, can only sing praises for her. Vidya is seen in a file photo.
Gupta who earlier directed Vidya in 'No One Killed Jessica' said it was a pleasure to work with Vidya who was one of the best actresses we have. In 'Ghanchakkar', Vidya plays a character that she has not explored before. Vidya is seen in a file photo.
There was a time when Vidya Balan was working as Radhika Mathur in TV soap 'Hum Paanch' and was patiently waiting for her big break. Such time could test the patience of anybody but she was determined to make her presence felt. Vidya is seen in a file photo.
'Kahaani', featuring Vidya Balan, who had already challenged the male bastion with her 2011 big hit 'The Dirty Picture', was the first female-centric film of the year that hit the bull's eye. Vidya is seen in a file photo.
At a time when people are questioning the established gender stereotypes in mainstream cinema, Balan came in as a breath of fresh air and challenged how women are portrayed in films. Vidya is seen in a file photo.
Following the success of the film, Vidya commented: Women are taking centrestage in various walks of life all over the country and cinema is just a reflection of that. I'm happy to be part of the film that is celebrating the new role of women. Vidya is seen in a file photo.
New kinds of roles are being written for women and they get such a wide variety to play on screen. Vidya said she's glad that she is working in this era where different roles are being written for women. Vidya is seen in a file photo.
Her 'Kahaani', which was shot during 2010 Durga Puja portrayed women as a source of power and determination. Vidya is seen in a file photo.
The 'Kahaani' actress, who was born in Kerala and grew up in Mumbai, made her Bollywood debut with the 2005 film 'Parineeta'. Vidya is seen in a file photo.
Pradeep Sarkar's 'Parineeta' formally began her journey and in just seven years she carved a place for herself among the top actresses. A close look at the choice of her films will reveal that Vidya doesn't shy away from taking risks, even if they are uncalculated. Vidya is seen in a file photo.
Apart from some of her initial films Vidya always went for strong and well written roles. From 'Bhool Bhulaiyaa' and 'Heyy Babyy', she took interest in portraying characters that had something to prove on the screen. Vidya is seen in a file photo.
The actress has become a symbol of liberation for women across class and caste in India. We wish her the best from life on her birthday. Vidya is seen in a file photo.
Bollywood may be considered a male dominated industry by many, but 2012 saw Vidya Balan becoming the champion of change by carrying films on her more than able shoulders and establishing that actresses are more than just a glamour quotient with the success of their ventures. She is seen in a film still in this image.