Vidya's second film 'Lage Raho Munna Bhai' had her playing a radio jockey in Mumbai. While the film was all about Sanjay Dutt at Munna Bhai, Vidya delivered a confident performance in the film.
Priyadarshan's 'Bhool Bhulaiya' had Vidya Balan playing an NRI who gets possesed by a spirit. The film was a supernatural thriller and Vidya's performance in the climax scene ran shivers down the spine of the viewers.
Vidya Balan played a seductress in Abhishek Chaubey's 'Ishqiya'. Her role was a clever woman who would use her beauty and charm to get things. The role had negative shades and Balan performed marvelously.
While the film was about a 13 year old boy suffering from progeria and his relationship with his father, Balan's role as the boy's mother was a strong one. The world lauded Amitabh Bachchan's performance in the film but also noted Balan's talent.
Based on a real life incident, 'No One Killed Jessica' had Vidya Balan playing a woman desperate to get justice for her murdered sister. Her performance was restrained and just right for the story and her character.
Vidya Balan transformed herself in 'The Dirty Picture' where she played '80s actress Silk Smitha. The role put her in the big league with the industry comparing her to the Khans. The actress even won a National Award for her role in the film.
Vidya Balan followed up her 'The Dirty Picture' performance with an equally author backed role in Sujoy Ghosh's 'Kahaani' where she went around looking for her missing husband on the streets of Kolkata.
As talented actress Vidya Balan turns a year older, we look at the films that made her the star that she is now.
In her debut film 'Parineeta', the actress showed a level maturity which one usually doesn't find in a new comer. The actress essayed the role of a woman who is transformation from a girl to a woman formed the crux of the love story.