The incredible actress turns 34 today.
Born in 1978, Vidya started her career with the serial 'Hum Paanch' on Zee TV.
She made her movie debut in the Bengali film, 'Bhalo Theko' in 2003.
Her first commercial success was with Rajkumar Hirani's Lage Raho Munna Bhai (2006).
'Guru', 'Heyy Babyy' and 'Bhool Bhulaiyaa' gave audience the chance to see her in different roles.
Vidya is known for her prowess to take on any role she chooses with perfect ease.
2010 saw her in 'Ishqiya' - a role she was highly praised for.
With 'The Dirty Picture' Vidya pushed her actress barometer over the top.
Her role in 'Parineeta' earned her a Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut as well as her first Best Actress nomination at the same ceremony.
With brash, witty dialogues and no qualms about exposure - Vidya became a super hit as Silk.
Vidya over-shadowed her co-actors in the movie and carried the strong film on her shoulders.
She will be seen next in Sujoy Ghosh's movie - 'Kahani'.
Before starting her career in Bollywood, Vidya appeared in music videos of Euphoria, Shubha Mudgal and Pankaj Udhas.
Playing the role of 80's dancing star Silk Smitha - Vidya moved in effortlessly in to her role.
Since then 6 years down the line - there has been no looking back for Vidya Balan.
Next came 'Parineeta' in 2005.
In 2009 she appeared as a single mother of a child suffering from progeria in R Balki's 'Paa', her performance in which ultimately won her a Best Actress award at Filmfare.
2011 brought Vidya two hits - 'No One Kileld Jessica' and 'The Dirty Picture'.
She played the realistic role of Sabrina Lal - she was critically lauded for her role.
She is clearly the front runner for the Best Actress award for the year.
From extensive movie promotions to handling the critical brickbats - Vidya did it all.
In 'Kahani' Vidya plays the role of a pregnant woman in search for her husband.
Vidya is also set to star in 'Chenab Gandhi', directed by Vibhu Puri and produced by Sanjay Leela Bhansali.