Vidya Balan

Active - 2003 - 2017  |   Born - Jan 1, 1978 in Poothamkurussy, Puthur, Palakkad, Kerala, India  |   Genres - Drama, Comedy

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  • Had little success early on in her career, merely featuring in commercials and music videos, whilst appearing in the sitcom Hum Paanch (1995).
  • Made her film debut in Bhalo Theko (2003).
  • Next she made her Hindi debut in Parineeta (2005), for which she won the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut and a nomination for the Filmfare Best Actress Award.
  • Won both the Filmfare Best Actress and the National Film Best Actress awards for her performance in The Dirty Picture (2012).
  • Awarded the Padma Shri by the Indian government in 2014 for her contributions to Indian cinema.
  • Received an Honorary Doctorate from Rai University, Ahmedabad on 2nd June 2015.
  • Rai University has named a scholarship programme after her and has been given the responsibility to nominate a girl student every year for the same.
  • Debuted in Marathi films with Ekk Albela (2016).
  • Brand ambassador of the ambitious Swachch Bharat Abhiyaan.