Vidya Balan: News

Honored with a Padma Shri by the Government of India in 2014, Vidya Balan is an actress predominantly working in the Hindi cinema for more than 20 years. From her childhood days, she wanted to be an actress and started working at the age of 16. In 1995, she made a debut in the industry with Ekta Kapoor’s show ‘Hum Paanch’. After the show, Balan was offered a role in a television show, but she refused it since she wanted to establish a film career. She was supposed to make her film debut with the Malayalam film ‘Chakram’. However, the movie was shelved, and she was labeled as a "jinx." Later, she worked in the 2003 Bengali film 'Bhalo Theko', her first movie release, Balan finally made a debut in Hindi cinema with the film ‘Parineeta’ in 2005. She won the ‘Best Female Debut’ for her performance in the movie. Then, she featured in ‘Lage Raho Munna Bhai’ (2006), which became the highest-grossing film at the time. Further, ‘Salaam-e-Ishq’, ‘Eklavya’, ‘Heyy Babyy’, and ‘Bhool Bhulaiyaa’ got her immense recognition among the audience. Balan won the National Film Award for Best Actress for ‘Dirty Picture’ (2011). Also, she is a recipient of six Filmfare Awards.

11 Jul 2023

Box Office Collection

#BoxOfficeCollection: 'Neeyat' fails the Monday test

Neeyat marked Vidya Balan's return to celluloid but the film has not been able to make a huge impact on viewers. The film is currently struggling at the box office. The actor choosing such a shoddy script has raised eyebrows among her fans, especially after she did mystery thrillers like Kahaani.

10 Jul 2023

Box Office Collection

#BoxOfficeCollection: Vidya Balan's 'Neeyat' is slow like a snail

Vidya Balan returned on celluloid after four long years with Neeyat and the film has been relatively slow at the box office. The mystery thriller has a promising cast but the soggy screenplay did not help in packaging the film into a good product.

08 Jul 2023

Box Office Collection

Vidya Balan-starrer 'Neeyat' box office: Film opens at Rs. 1cr

Vidya Balan returned to the silver screen with Neeyat after a long break.

07 Jul 2023

Movie Review

#NeeyatReview: Unpredictable final twist, but film's 'intention' doesn't translate well

Vidya Balan's Neeyat feels like a lot of things simultaneously—it wants to be a commentary on the class system, a scathing critique of billionaires, an eat-the-rich film, and, of course, a whodunnit.

07 Jul 2023

Box Office Collection

#BoxOfficeBuzz: Vidya Balan's 'Neeyat' to witness a disappointing opening

Vidya Balan is one of the most adept Indian actors and she is making a comeback on celluloid after four long years. In the recent past, the actor has delivered noteworthy performances on OTT, too.

22 Jun 2023


Vidya Balan's 'Neeyat' trailer promises a twisted murder mystery

Vidya Balan's upcoming film Neeyat promises a gripping murder tale from a whodunit narrative. The makers released the trailer of the upcoming film which is slated for a theatrical release on July 7.

21 Jun 2023


Vidya Balan's 'Neeyat' trailer release date out

Vidya Balan is one of the most adept Indian actors and she is known for donning challenging roles. Recently, Balan has been exploring untapped, offbeat films. Her next project Neeyat is set to release in theaters on July 7.

17 May 2023

Cannes Film Festival

Cannes 2023 lookbook Day-1: Manushi Chhillar, Esha Gupta unleash glamor

The 76th Cannes Film Festival commenced on Tuesday and will captivate audiences until May 27.

08 May 2023

Bollywood Films

Vidya Balan starrer 'Neeyat' poster out; release details inside

Vidya Balan is one of the most adept actors in India, and the actor is known for often donning challenging roles.

11 Apr 2023

Bollywood Films

Ahead of 'Mrs. Undercover,' watch these 5 female-led spy films

The trailer of Radhika Apte and Sumeet Vyas starrer Mrs. Undercover released recently impressed cinephiles immensely. It showed Apte as a homemaker-turned-spy who is put on a mission to fight a serial killer (Vyas) called "Common Man."

11 Mar 2023


Priyanka Chopra to Sonakshi Sinha, Bollywood beauties who were body-shamed

Actors have often opened up on their awful experiences of being body-shamed by others and how it can impact a person's mental health.

18 Feb 2023


Karan Johar to produce Hindi remake of Marathi film 'Jhimma'

Marathi film Sairat (2016) caught Karan Johar's attention which led him to back Dhadak, a Hindi remake of the former. The 2018 Shashank Khaitan also marked the debut of Janhvi Kapoor and Ishaan Khatter in Bollywood.

17 Aug 2022

Ileana D'Cruz

Is Vidya Balan on board for 'The Dirty Picture' sequel?

Vidya Balan's The Dirty Picture (2011) is reportedly getting a sequel.

11 May 2022


'Neeyat': Vidya Balan begins shooting for her next, a thriller

Vidya Balan has started shooting her next.

18 May 2022

Deepika Padukone

Deepika aside, these 5 Indian celebrities were on Cannes jury

The Cannes Film Festival 2022 commenced with great fanfare on Tuesday (May 17).

08 Apr 2022

Upcoming Movies

Vidya Balan's next is with 'Mimi' helmer Laxman Utekar

Vidya Balan has signed her next!

19 Mar 2022

Amazon Prime Video

'Jalsa' review: Thrilling social commentary with brilliant performances

Amazon Prime Video on Friday dropped its latest Hindi Original, Jalsa, starring Vidya Balan and Shefali Shah in the lead.

14 Mar 2022

Amazon Prime Video

Top 5 films/series releasing across OTT platforms on Holi

This year, people will celebrate Holi with full glory after two years of lull.

28 Feb 2022

Shefali Shah

'Jalsa': First-look posters of Vidya Balan, Shefali Shah released

Ahead of its global premiere, makers of the Hindi movie Jalsa have launched the first look posters of the lead stars Vidya Balan and Shefali Shah on social media on Monday.

16 Dec 2021

Pratik Gandhi

Vidya Balan, Pratik Gandhi finish filming their first project together

Vidya Balan and Pratik Gandhi had started shooting for an untitled romantic comedy drama last month.

11 Nov 2021

Pratik Gandhi

Vidya Balan, Pratik Gandhi's untitled project goes on the floors

Vidya Balan, who was last seen in Sherni, has started shooting for her next.

22 Oct 2021

Vicky Kaushal

Oscars 2022: 'Sherni', 'Sardar Udham' shortlisted for India's official entry

Vidya Balan's Sherni and Vicky Kaushal's film Sardar Udham have been shortlisted for India's official entry to Oscars 2022.

27 Sep 2021

Shefali Shah

Shefali Shah wraps up 'Jalsa' shoot

Actor Shefali Shah has finished shooting for her upcoming film Jalsa, co-starring Vidya Balan.

21 Sep 2021

Pratik Gandhi

Vidya Balan and Pratik Gandhi to come together for 'Lovers'

Vidya Balan, who was last seen in Sherni, has signed up for a new project.

20 Aug 2021

Manoj Bajpayee

IFFM 2021: Suriya, Vidya Balan win Best Performance (Actor) Awards

A fortnight ago, The Indian Film Festival of Melbourne (IFFM) 2021 had announced its nominations, and today they declared its winners.

16 Aug 2021

Manu Sharma

Jessica Lall's sister Sabrina passes away due to organ failure

Jessica Lall's sister Sabrina Lall, who fought long and hard to bring her sister's killer to justice, passed away Sunday evening, after a prolonged illness.

13 Aug 2021


Vidya Balan, Shefali Shah coming together for 'Jalsa,' shoot begins

When two talented actresses come on board a project, it's always going to be a Jalsa!

10 Aug 2021

Saif Ali Khan

Rahman, Sheeran, Jagger team up for fundraiser on Independence Day

The biggest global artists like Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger, singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran, music maestro AR Rahman, and Bollywood stars Saif Ali Khan and Vidya Balan will unite for a fundraiser on Independence Day to raise over Rs. 25 crore for COVID-19 relief work.

'Sherni,' 'Soorarai Pottru,' 'Ludo' lead nominations at IFFM 2021

Vidya Balan's Sherni, Anurag Basu-directed Ludo, and Suriya-starrer Soorarai Pottru are leading the nominations at the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne (IFFM) Awards 2021, as per a recent announcement.

02 Jul 2021

Academy Awards

Vidya Balan, Ekta Kapoor selected to vote for Oscars 2022

Vidya Balan, Ekta Kapoor, her mother Shobha Kapoor and Shrihari Sathe might get a chance to vote for the Academy Awards next year.

30 Jun 2021


Sharat Saxena says actors too have shelf life in Bollywood

Sharat Saxena has been working in the entertainment industry for decades, and recently appeared in Vidya Balan's Sherni.

24 Jun 2021


'Sherni' was initially supposed to have a happy ending: Director

The coronavirus pandemic didn't just delay the work on Sherni but also helped the team realize that they wanted to go for a different ending, says director Amit Masurkar.

18 Jun 2021

Shakuntala Devi

Here's how Vidya Balan brought 'women-led' films in mainstream

Vidya Balan's Sherni, which is now streaming on Prime, is guaranteed to be a roaring success.

18 Jun 2021

Amazon Prime Video

'Sherni' review: Vidya Balan 'roars' brilliantly in this one-woman show

Patriarchy and prejudice at the workplace is something women face globally, but this nuanced portrayal of a woman in a "man's world" is something only Vidya Balan can execute.

15 Jun 2021

Amazon Prime Video

Vidya Balan dedicates 'Main Sherni' to 'all queens out there'

Vidya Balan is ready to return with a bang via the Amazon Prime Video movie Sherni, releasing on June 18.

15 Jun 2021

Amazon Prime Video

'Sherni' my salute to women who are invisibilized: Vidya Balan

Actor Vidya Balan on Tuesday said her latest drama Sherni is an ode to countless women who navigate their way and overcome several challenges, sometimes even without making any noise.

02 Jun 2021


'Sherni' trailer drops: It's time for Vidya Balan 'to roar!'

Amazon Prime Video dropped the trailer for Sherni today, and Vidya Balan does a smart job here.

17 May 2021


'Sherni' poster: Vidya Balan's 'fearless' avatar as forest officer intrigues

Vidya Balan will soon be seen in Sherni, which will be streaming on Amazon Prime Video in June.

09 May 2021

Saroj Khan

Saroj Khan's biopic: These actresses can be considered to lead

Recently, it was reported that a biopic on the life of late legendary choreographer Saroj Khan is in the works. A law firm has published a public notice in newspapers, announcing the same.

05 Feb 2021


'Natkhat' in Oscars race: Vidya Balan shares snippet from movie

Bollywood actor Vidya Balan's short film Natkhat has entered the race for Oscars 2021 in the Best Short Film category.

29 Nov 2020

Academy Awards

Human spirit drama 'Shameless' defeats Vidya Balan's 'Natkhat', enters Oscars

Entertainment, during these uncertain times of COVID-19, is clearly being ruled by content.