Vidya Balan biography

Vidya Balan, born on January 1, 1979, is an acclaimed Indian actress. Renowned for her groundbreaking portrayal of women in Hindi cinema through roles in female-centric films, she has garnered numerous accolades, including a National Film Award and seven Filmfare Awards. In recognition of her contributions to cinema, she was honored with the Padma Shri by the Government of India in 2014.

Vidya Balan Biography

Real NameVidya P. Balan
Physical Stats & More
Height (approx.)in centimeters- 163 cm
in meters- 1.63 m
in Feet Inches- 5′ 4”
Weight (approx.)in Kilograms- 70 kg
in Pounds- 154 lbs
Figure Measurements35-30-35
Eye ColourDark Brown
Hair ColourBlack
Personal Life
Date of Birth1 January 1978
Age (as in 2017)39 Years
Birth PlacePoothamkurussy, Puthur, Palakkad, Kerala, India
Zodiac sign/Sun signCapricorn
HometownChembur, Mumbai , Maharashtra, India
SchoolSt. Anthony Girls’ High School, Mumbai
CollegeSt. Xavier’s College, Mumbai
University of Mumbai, Mumbai
Educational QualificationsMasters degree in Sociology
DebutFilm: Bhalo Theko (2003, Bengali film)
Parineeta (2005, Bollywood film)TV: Hum Paanch (1995)
FamilyFather– P. R. Balan (Worked as Executive Vice-President of Digicable)
Mother– Saraswathy Balan
Brother– N/A
Sister– Priya Balan
AddressA sea facing flat in Juhu Tara Road, Mumbai
Controversies• In 2011, activists in South India protested and burned several posters of her film The Dirty Picture before its release. Not only that, but Silk Smitha’s brother also moved to the Andhra Pradesh High Court to oppose his sister’s portrayal in the film.

• There were rumours that marriage with Siddharth Roy Kapoor was on the rocks, because Siddharth had apparently fallen for another woman! But it could all be a jealous woman’s tale, for all we know.

Favourite Things
Favourite FoodThai cuisine
Favourite ActorsShah Rukh Khan, Amitabh Bachchan, Morgan Freeman, Al Pacino
Favourite ActressesShabana Azmi, Madhuri Dixit, Kate Winslet, Julie Delphy, Julia Roberts
Favourite FilmsBollywood: Gol Maal (1979)
Hollywood: Before Sunrise, Before Sunset
Favourite DirectorsGulzar, Hrishikesh Mukherjee
Favourite MusiciansZakir Hussain, Michael Jackson, Enrique Iglesias, Indian Ocean, Midival Punditz
Favourite ColourRed
Favourite PerfumeIssey Miyake, Elizabeth Arden
Favourite DestinationNew York and New Zealand
Boys, Affairs and More
Marital StatusMarried
Husband/SpouseSiddharth Roy Kapur, Businessman and Producer
Marriage Date14 December 2012
Style Quotient
Cars CollectionMercedes E-Class
Money Factor
Salary10 crore/film (INR)
Net Worth$15 million


Vidya Balan Personal life & Early life 

Vidya was born on January 1, 1979, in Bombay (now Mumbai), into a Tamil Brahmin family. Her father, P. R. Balan, holds the position of executive vice-president at Digicable, while her mother, Saraswathy Balan, is a homemaker. Vidya has mentioned that they converse in Palakkad Tamil at home. Her elder sister, Priya Balan, is employed in advertising. Additionally, the actress Priyamani is her second cousin.

Growing up in the suburban area of Chembur, Mumbai, Vidya attended St. Anthony Girls’ High School. From a young age, she harbored aspirations of a career in the film industry, drawing inspiration from the performances of actors like Shabana Azmi and Madhuri Dixit. At the age of 16, she made her acting debut in the first season of Ekta Kapoor’s sitcom “Hum Paanch” as Radhika, a bespectacled teenager. Despite receiving an offer from director Anurag Basu to star in a television soap opera after the sitcom concluded, Vidya declined as she was determined to focus on a career in films. Her parents supported her decision but emphasized the importance of completing her education first.

Vidya Balan with Husband

Vidya Balan Some Lesser Known Facts About 

  • Vidya commenced her acting journey with the popular comedy series “Hum Paanch” (1995), produced by Ekta Kapoor, where she portrayed the character Radhika Mathur, broadcasted on Zee TV.
  • Vidya has a strong inclination towards cleanliness, exhibiting traits of obsessive-compulsive disorder, wherein she maintains a stringent standard of cleanliness in her surroundings.
  • Prior to her debut in Bengali cinema, Vidya had nearly completed work on five unreleased films. Her breakthrough in Bengali cinema paved the way for her entry into Hindi cinema, culminating in her first Hindi film, “Parineeta.”
  • Vidya gained popularity through her appearances in household advertisements even before venturing into films.
  • Known for her adeptness in matchmaking, Vidya has successfully facilitated the union of numerous friends, aiding them in finding their life partners.
  • A devoted follower of Paulo Coelho, Vidya is an avid reader who has delved into every book authored by the renowned writer.
  • Vidya has a penchant for giggling, often seen indulging in laughter during her appearances on television shows.
  • Proficient in Bengali, the native language of her husband, Vidya comfortably converses with him and his family in Bengali.
  • Vidya possesses fluency in English, Tamil, Malayalam, Bengali, and Hindi, enabling her to communicate effectively in multiple languages.
  • Priyamani, a renowned South Indian actress notable for her item song in “Chennai Express,” is Vidya Balan’s second cousin.

Vidya Balan Career

Vidya made her film debut with the Bengali movie “Bhalo Theko” (2003), directed by Goutam Halder. She portrayed the central character of Aanandi, a young woman reflecting on her past. Halder was impressed by the blend of innocence and experience he observed in Vidya, which led him to cast her in this role. Vidya cherished the opportunity to work in Bengali cinema, considering it a dream come true and acknowledging its significant impact on her subsequent career progression. Her performance garnered her the Anandalok Purashkar for Best Actress. Following a recommendation from Pradeep Sarkar, Vidya auditioned for the lead role in Sarkar’s Hindi film directorial debut, “Parineeta” (2005).

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