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									VIDYA BALAN
Vidya Balan (pronounced [ʋɪ jaː baː lən]; born 1 January 1978)

is an Indian actress, who appears mainly in Hindi films, in

addition to Bengali and Malayalam language films. After making

her acting debut with the sitcom Hum Paanch and receiving a post-graduate
degree in sociology, Balan made several unsuccessful attempts to start a career
in film. She eventually starred in several music videos and television
commercials, before making her feature film debut with the independent
Bengali drama Bhalo Theko (2003). In 2005, Balan received praise for her first
Hindi film, Parineeta, and followed it with a leading role in the blockbuster Lage
Raho Munna Bhai (2006).

Balan subsequently received negative comments from critics for unsuccessfully
portraying ornamental characters in the films Heyy Babyy (2007) and Kismat
Konnection (2008). 2009, however, marked the beginning of the most successful
period in Balan's career as she portrayed five back-to-back roles to wide critical
acclaim in Paa (2009), Ishqiya (2010), No One Killed Jessica (2011), The Dirty
Picture (2011), and Kahaani (2012). These roles have established her as one of
the leading contemporary actresses of Hindi cinema.

Balan has received one National Film Award for Best Actress, four Filmfare
Awards, including two for Best Actress and one for Best Actress - Critics, as well
as three consecutive Screen Awards for Best Actress. Initially earning flak for her
weight and dressing sense, Balan was eventually credited in the media for
breaking stereotypes of a Hindi film heroine and has been tagged as "a female
hero". She is in a relationship with Siddharth Roy Kapur and currently lives in
Khar, Mumbai with her parents.

Vidya Balan was born on 1 January 1978 in Ottapalam, a town in the Palakkad
District of Kerala, to P. R. Balan, currently the Vice President of ETC India, and
Saraswathy Balan, a homemaker.According to Balan, they speak "a mix of Tamil
and Malayalam" at home, but she is also well versed in Hindi, Marathi, English
and Bengali.Her sister, Priya Balan, and brother-in-law are both in advertising.

After the family relocated to Chembur, Mumbai, Balan did her schooling at
Mumbai's St. Anthony Girls' High School, and later attended St. Xavier's College
where she pursued a bachelor's degree in sociology. Following her graduation,
she pursued a master's degree in sociology from the University of Mumbai.Balan
wanted to pursue a career in film from a young age and describes actors
Shabana Azmi and Smita Patil as her inspirations. Her parents were supportive
of her decision to become an actor, but encouraged her to complete her
education first.At the age of sixteen, Balan auditioned for and starred briefly in
Ekta Kapoor's sitcom Hum Paanch, as Radhika, a bespectacled nerd.Following
the success of the show, Balan refused Anurag Basu's offer to star as the lead of
a television soap opera, as she wanted to make a career in film.

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