Vidya Balan (pronounced [ʋɪd̪jaː baːlən]; born 1 January 1979) is an Indian actress. 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 2014. Vidya aspired to a career in film from a young age and had her first acting role in the 1995 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 2003 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 (2006). This breakthrough was followed by roles in the romantic comedies Heyy Babyy (2007) and Kismat Konnection (2008) which had negative reviews. Vidya went on to establish herself by playing five consecutive roles to critical acclaim in the 2009 drama Paa, the 2010 black comedy Ishqiya, the 2011 semi-biographical thriller No One Killed Jessica, the 2011 biopic The Dirty Picture, and the 2012 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 (2016) was praised. This changed when she starred as a radio jockey in Tumhari Sulu (2017) and a scientist in Mission Mangal (2019). The latter ranks as her highest-grossing release. Vidya also promotes humanitarian causes and supports the empowerment of women. She is a member of the Indian Central Board of Film Certification and hosts a radio show. She initially drew criticism for her fluctuating weight and dress sense, but was later credited in the media for her unconventionality. Vidya is married to the film producer Siddharth Roy Kapur.
Mumbai, Nov 20 (SocialNews.XYZ) TV actress Kamna Pathak has opened up about her love for saris and how she takes inspiration from actors Rekha and Vidya Balan when it comes to her sari collection as both have distinct choices.
Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], November 16 (ANI): Karan Johar recently made an appearance on Twinkle Khanna's talk show 'The Icons' which is currently on YouTube. During the show, Twinkle compared Karan with Netflix matchmaking star Sima Taparia. She said, "You are the Sima aunty of the movie business. You keep doing this matchmaking and your father did the same thing. Because when I was interviewing Waheeda Rehman ji, she mentioned that your father fixed up her marriage, it's some genetic predisposition to get people together."Karan replied by saying, "It's in the genes!"He then revealed how his late father played a matchmaker for Shashi Rekhi and Waheeda Rehman. He said, "I remember Shashi uncle and Waheeda aunty matchmaking happened with both papa and mamma and I remember there have been some other instances also which people may not know. But I don't know, I feel very happy to do this."He added, "I take on the responsibility like I have to do it. It just makes me very happy to do it. It's like one of the agendas in my life to bring people together."Karan further revealed that he also played cupid to Vidya Balan and Siddharth Roy Kapur. He said, "it's very strange, Vidya called me the other day. It was her 12th anniversary, and she was like, because you know I had introduced her to Siddharth Roy Kapur and she was like, I wanna thank you. I haven't said it enough."He added, "I am so touched by this call, more than any feedback I've got, that call meant the world to me. I remember telling Sid that Vidya will be lovely for you."He also recalled hosting a dinner for Siddharth and Vidya later.
Mumbai, 11th May 2022 (NewsHelpline) - Actress Vidya Balan starrer Neeyat, a suspense thriller, has commenced filming in the United Kingdom and tell the audience to expect the unexpected from the film.
Mumbai, April 9 (SocialNews.XYZ) She was just a teenager when she secretly wrote a letter to her favorite filmmaker Satyajit Ray, but didn't post it. Naturally, when he passed away suddenly, she felt heartbroken for many reasons.
Mumbai, April 4 (SocialNews.XYZ) With each choice she made in films in the past, Vidya Balan redefined the space of female-centric films in Bollywood. Following the same footsteps in her last three releases - 'Shakuntala Devi', 'Sherni' and 'Jalsa' - the actress emphasised the importance of producers backing such content to bring change in Indian cinema.
Mumbai, March 28 (SocialNews.XYZ) Actress Kashish Rizwan opens up about her role and also shares her working experience with Vidya Balan and Shefali Shah in 'Jalsa'. The actress essays the role of Alia in this thriller flick. She is shown as the victim in the film.
Click here to read the full article. Vidya Balan (“Kahaani”) and Shefali Shah (“Delhi Crime”), two of India’s finest actors, worked together for the first time in Suresh Triveni’s Amazon Prime Video India original “Jalsa.” The result is an acting masterclass.
The film is a tense social thriller where the lives of Balan’s Maya, a top journalist and Shah’s Rukhsana, Maya’s housekeeper, become inextricably linked together after a horrific incident.
Balan’s morally upright journalist wrestles with an ethical dilemma through the film. The actor initially turned down the film because she did not want to play someone who seemed morally ambiguous, but...
Mumbai, 10th March 2022 (NewsHelpline) – Powerhouse performer Shefali Shah is all praises and awe-struck sharing the screen space with Vidya Balan in forthcoming Jalsa. Shefali Shah along with Vidya Balan, and filmmaker Suresh Triveni were interacting with NewsHelpline at the trailer launch of Jalsa.
Mumbai, 10th March 2022 (NewsHelpline) – Filmmaker Suresh Trivani says Vidya Balan and Shefali Shah bombarded him with so many questions during Jalsa that he thought he made a mistake penning the script but was amazed by their involvement in the film.
Mumbai, 5th March 2022 (NewsHelpline) - The advent of the pandemic forced multiple films to change their course and opt for the digital route instead of the ideal silver screen release. Pioneering this shift successfully was the powerhouse of talent - Vidya Balan, who emerged as the first Bollywood actress to take her film to the OTT platform.
Mumbai, 4th March 2022 (NewsHelpline) - Intense and intriguing first teaser for Jalsa is out, starring Vidya Balan and Shefali Shah in the lead roles. Sharing the teaser on her social media post, Vidya Balan captioned her post, “Get ready to uncover a story within a story! #JalsaOnPrime on 18th March, on @primevideoin Teaser out now! @shefalishahofficial @tseries.official @tseriesfilms @abundantiaent @ivikramix @shikhaarif.sharma #BhushanKumar #SureshTriveni”
Click here to read the full article. Indian acting powerhouses Vidya Balan (“Kahaani”) and Shefali Shah (“Delhi Crime”) headline film “Jalsa,” which will bow on Amazon Prime Video.
The film is a tale of conflict narrated through the life of a celebrated journalist and her cook. The cast also includes Manav Kaul (“The Fame Game”), Rohini Hattangadi (“Gandhi”), Iqbal Khan (“Crackdown”), Vidhatri Bandi (“Shiddat”), Srikant Mohan Yadav (“Inside Edge”), Shafeen Patel and Surya Kasibhatla.
“Jalsa” is directed by Suresh Triveni who previously worked with Balan on the critically acclaimed “Tumhari Sulu” (2017). It is produced by Abundantia Entertainment and music label and...