Wednesday, January 3, 2007

All about Vidya Balan

Vidya Balan is one of the rising stars of Bollywood. This talented actress has been one of the most promising stars of her generation. She got the appearance of a typically Indian woman. Her face on the screen reveals an excellent simplicity and innocence which depict the role of a flexible character. Not only is her appearance plays the significant role behind her on screen success, rather it is her acting skill and confidence which also helps her playing a role properly. VIdya Balan is undoubtedly is in the way of being flourished in the industry.

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Childhood, Student Life and Family

Vidya Balan was born on January 1, 1982 in Palakkad, Kerala, India. However, Vidya spent most of her childhood and student life in Mumbai. First, she joined St. Xavier's College, Bombay and then she completed her Sociology degree at the University of Mumbai. She can speak in Tamil, English, Hindi, Malayalam and Bengali.

Her father is P.R. Balan who is the vice president of ETC Channel. VIdya’s mother is a housewife and her elder sister is Priya Balan. Vidya is a Hindu by religion. She believes in God and everyday visits temple. She loves to hear Indian Classical Music and her favorite singers are Shivkumar Sharma and Hariprasad Chaurasia to Shubha Mudgal and Kishori Amonkar.

Starting Modeling, Acting in Music Video and Coming into Lime Light

This excellent actress started her career as a Model. She has done many successful TV ads and has also appeared in some music videos. She started her modeling career with a television advertisement of Surf Excel in 1998. Then she has attended in other TV ad for which she was critically acclaimed. Till now she has appeared in 25 television ads and most of the ads were directed by Pradep Sarkar.

Vidya also acted in some music videos including Euphoria, Shubha Mudgal and Pankaj Udhas. She was highly praised for her performance in the music videos. She then started acting in a TV comedy serial named Hum Paanch which was telecasted in Zee TV. The serial is a story of a father Anand who has five daughters and he always faces difficulties made by his five daughters. Vidya in the serial played the role of one of the daughter named Radhika.

Getting into Acting Career on Big Screen

Vidya Balan’s joining into big screen was delayed twice and it was very shocking that her first work on a movie was stopped on the mid way of production. The movie was a Malayalam film named Chakram where she had given a role in the movie against the great Malayalam language actor Mohanlal, who got the Indian civilian award Padma Shri. Then she could also have got her first big screen appearance through a Tamil film named ‘Manasellam’ where she was supposed to act against popular South Indian actor Srikanth. However, having done a photo shoot with Srikanth, she was declared out of the movie by the director and Tamil actress Trisha Krisnan was given the role.

Having faced some earlier obstacle, this potential actress made her first big screen appearance through a Bengali language movie named ‘Bhaalo Theko’. The movie is based on an uncommon plot. In the movie she played the role of a young lady- Anandi, who in her 32nd birthday tries to recollect some of her childhood memory and compares those with her 32nd birthday. She plants a tree in the garden which she does on the occasion of her birthday. She once goes back to her childhood and then comes to present and then again goes to childhood. Actually, in the movie a divine love between people and nature was tired to be shown. For excellent performance in playing the leading role of the movie she was given the Best Actress Anand Lok Purashkar award in Kolkata. She was also critically praised for her outstand acting skill shown in the movie.

“Parineeta” and Coming into Lime Light as a Promising Actress

Then finally, in 2005 Vidya Balan got her much awaited chance in Bolywood movie as Vidhu Vinod Chopra took her in the movie named “Parineeta”, a movie based on a popular Bengali novel by the same name written by famous Bengali writer Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay. The movie was directed by Pradeep Sarkar. In the movie Vidya played the leading role of the movie- Lolita, an orphan young girl. Lolita lsot her parents at her childhood and she was brought up in her uncle’s family. Her uncle Gurucharan has a daughter- Koel (played by Raima Sen). Lolita and Koel have a good friendship among them. Their neighbor is rich person Navin Rai. Lolita goes that house and collaborates with his son Shekhar (played by Saif Ali Khan). Shekhar loves music and he along with Lolita composes music. Both Lolita and Shekhar love each other but neither of them knows it. The situation becomes critical when Shekhar’s father asks Lolita’s uncle to return the loan her uncle took three years before from Shekhar’s father Navin Rai. At one stage Navin Rai threats Lolita’s uncle of losing his home.

At this stage of the movie, Girish (played by Sanjay Dutt) comes to the scene who has just come back from London. Girish fall in love with Lolita. Thus, a climax in the movie starts which ends peacefully. Playing the role of Lolita, Vidya Balan was highly praised. She could properly act in the role of a traditional Bengali lady. For this role she won most of the Best Debut Award in the major award giving ceremonies in India such as Filmfare Best Debut Award, IIFA Best Female Debut, Zee Cine Award Best Female Debut, Star Screen Award Most Promising Newcomer and Stardust Superstar of Tomorrow Female Award. The movie was also got five Filmfare Award and was nominated in other nine category including Best Film, Best Actor, Best Actress.

Another Success Story “Lage Raho Munna Bhai”

Vidya Balan’s second Bollywood movie Lage Raho Munna Bhai, the sequel of hit movie Munna Bhai MBBS, was released in 2006. The movie was directed by Rajkumar Hirani and produced by Vidhy Vinod Chopra. The movie made a huge success at the box office and remained at the top position at the box office for eight weeks since it was released. The movie is based on the ideology of Majatma Gandhi. On the basis of Gandhi’s ideology, Munna Bhai (played by Sanjay Dutt) gives advice to people in their danger and people can work out their problem according to the advices of Munna Bhai. People come to Munna Bhai whenever they face any serious problem. He says that he receives the advice from Gandhi. In the movie Vidya Balan played role of Munnna Bhai’s lover- Jhanvi, a radio jockey who also helps old people of her grandfather’s old home second innings. In the movie, her performance is good however; the protagonist of this movie, Sanjay Dutt, played the title role of the movie. I think, Vidya Balan has not got chance to show her full potential in the role of Zhanvi in the movie.

“Guru” with High Anticipation

Vidya Balan’s next movie set to be released in January 2007 is ‘Guru’, where Vidya played a role of a handicapped wife of a journalist (played by Madhavan). In the movie, Abhishek Bachchan will play the title role of a 16 year old boy who with his own effort reaches at the highest position at the society becoming the richest person in the country within 40 years. He tries to change some rules existed in the society. He helps middle and poor class people of the society. Another leading role of the movie will be played by Aishwarya Rai. She will be seen playing the role of Sujatha, Guru’s wife. Sijatha played the significant role behind the success of Guru. She is a woman with strong mentality who helps her husband to reach at the peak of the mountain. In the movie, Mallika Sherawat will be seen in a special but important role. Mithun Chakraborty will play the role of an owner of a newspaper and Arya Babbar will be seen in the role of Aishwarya’s brother. The music will be composed by famous composer A.R. Rahman. The movie is expected to make a boom at the box office.

Some Other Incoming Movies

Vidya’s next movie is ‘Salaam-E-Ishq- A Tribute To Love’ where many love stories were incorporated and six pairs of lover are seen in the movie with different identity. In the movie Vidya Balan played the role of Tehzeeb who is married to her loving husband Ashutosh (played by John Abraham). They both love each other. Tehzeeb is a field reporter of a TV channel and Ashutosh is a film editor. The situation becomes critical when Tehzeeb faces a dangerous accident. The movie will be starred by many star actors and actresses such Salman Khan, Priyanka Chopra, Anil Kapoor, Juhi Chawla, Govinda, John Abraham, Vidya Balan, Ayesha Takia, Ishaa Koppikar, Akshaye Khannna and Sohail Khan. Another movie starred by Vidya Balan named “Eklavya: The Royal Guard” directed by Vidhu Vinod Chopra. In the movie, Vidya will be seen against Saif Ali Khan for the second time in her career since their first successful work in the movie Parineeta. Vidya will play the Rajeshwari "Rajjo" whom the Prince Harshwardhan fall in love with. The movie is based on a historic plot. The stars of the movie are Amitabh Bachchan, Sharmila Tagor, Raima Sen, Sanjay Dutt, Jackie Shroff, Boman Irani, Jimmy Shergill and Parikshat Sahni.

After this movie, Vidya’s another Bollywood movie named Halla Bol directed by Rajkumar Santoshi where she will act against star actor Ajay Devgan. She will also appear in the movie Hey Baby directedby Sajid Khan where her co-stars will be Riteish Deshmukh and Akshay Kumar. Her movie ‘Chandramukhi’ directed by Priyadarshan will also be a special one. In the movie she will play the role of a dancer who has some problem in her. The movie will be a remake of blockbuster Malayalam movie ‘Manichitrathazhu’.

I think, Vidya Balan is a combination of both talent and beauty. She has the potential to become the leading actress of Bollywood. What she need at this stage is to continue learning from her co-stars and concentrate on her performance. As she has acting talent, she will flourish today or tomorrow.

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Related Article:



Official Website of Vidya Balan



Hum Paanch

Bhalo Theko

Parineeta in Wikipedia


Lage Raho Munna Bhai in Wikipedia

Lage Raho Munna Bhai

Guru in Wikipedia


‘Salaam-E-Ishq- A Tribute To Love’ in wikipedia

‘Salaam-E-Ishq- A Tribute To Love’

“Eklavya: The Royal Guard” in Wikipedia

“Eklavya: The Royal Guard”

Hey Baby


Sunita said...

In one of the film fare award Shahrukh Khan and Saif Ali Khan addressed Vidya Balan and said they love her with and without clothes. Thats terrible to say for her. Truely unfair.
Leo F. Swiontek