Bollywood actress Vidya Balan turns 41 today 1 January. We bring you some of her rare and candid images from the photo archives. Take a look Bollywood actress Vidya Balan smiles as she watches a fashion show in Kolkata. Image: Reuters. Bollywood actress Vidya Balan attends a promotional event for Japanese electronics company Toshiba in Mumbai. Vidya Balan poses after unveiling the latest issue of Filmfare magazine in Mumbai. Bollywood actor Shahid Kapoor and actress Vidya Balan pose at the shoot of a promotional song for their film 'Kismat Konnection' in Mumbai. Bollywood actress Vidya Balan poses before planting a tree during a tree plantation drive in Mumbai.
Vidya Balan was basically born in Kerala but to Tamilian parents, the actress who grew up in South found her calling in the Bollywood industry. She was signed on her debut Malayalam film featuring Mohanlal that got shelved due to unknown reasons. Because a Mohanlal film had never got shelved, producers considered Vidya to be be jinxing the projects and so removed her from 12 other films that she had been signed for. When she shifted focus to Tamil cinema, she got replaced twice with other actresses who are now a big name in Tamil film industry. Finally the actress completed a Bengali movie in , which saw the light of day. After struggling for such a long time, Vidya finally got a break in Bollywood in the year with Parineeta movie.
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Known for pioneering a change in the portrayal of women in Hindi cinema with her roles in female-led films, she is the recipient of several awards , including a National Film Award and six Filmfare Awards. She was awarded the Padma Shri by the Government of India in Vidya aspired to a career in film from a young age and had her first acting role in the sitcom Hum Paanch. She pursued a master's degree in sociology from the University of Mumbai and simultaneously made several unsuccessful attempts to start a career in film. She subsequently featured in television commercials and music videos. In she made her feature film debut by starring in the independent Bengali drama Bhalo Theko. Vidya subsequently received praise for her first Hindi film, the drama Parineeta , and followed it with a leading role in the top-grossing comedy film Lage Raho Munna Bhai This breakthrough was followed by roles in the romantic comedies Heyy Babyy and Kismat Konnection which had negative reviews. Vidya went on to establish herself by playing five consecutive roles to critical acclaim in the drama Paa , the black comedy Ishqiya , the semi-biographical thriller No One Killed Jessica , the biopic The Dirty Picture , and the thriller Kahaani , winning several awards for each of them. She followed this with a series of films that performed poorly at the box office, although her performance in Kahaani 2: Durga Rani Singh was praised.
Vidya Balan celebrated her 40th birthday and rang in the New Year with family in Mumbai on Monday night. The lady herself was dressed in a deep green pant suit with a big belt, with the hair permed. While most of her family and friends were suitably dressed, her father too kept the fun going with a fancy cap and long scarf tied as a tie with only her mother keeping it Indian. Vidya , who had been missing from action for a while, bounced back in with Tumhari Sulu.