Articles about Vidya Balan

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.

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

11 Nov 2021

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.

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

22 Oct 2021

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.

Shefali Shah wraps up 'Jalsa' shoot

27 Sep 2021

Shefali Shah wraps up 'Jalsa' shoot

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

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

21 Sep 2021

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.

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

20 Aug 2021

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.

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

16 Aug 2021

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.

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

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!

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

10 Aug 2021

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

06 Aug 2021

'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.

Vidya Balan, Ekta Kapoor selected to vote for Oscars 2022

02 Jul 2021

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.

Sharat Saxena says actors too have shelf life in Bollywood

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.

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

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.

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

18 Jun 2021

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.

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

18 Jun 2021

'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.

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

15 Jun 2021

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.

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

15 Jun 2021

'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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

09 May 2021

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.

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

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.

Sanya Malhotra's next 'Pagglait' to stream on Netflix

30 Jan 2021

Sanya Malhotra's next 'Pagglait' to stream on Netflix

Like many Bollywood projects nowadays, rising star Sanya Malhotra's next film, Pagglait, has also been given a digital release.

Rhea Chakraborty should get a fair trial, says Rumi Jaffery

08 Jan 2021

Rhea Chakraborty should get a fair trial, says Rumi Jaffery

Actor Rhea Chakraborty had a tumultuous last year after the tragic death of her boyfriend, fellow actor Sushant Singh Rajput.

'The Dirty Picture' actor Arya Banerjee, 33, found dead

12 Dec 2020

'The Dirty Picture' actor Arya Banerjee, 33, found dead

Actor Arya Banerjee, who had worked in Vidya Balan-starrer blockbuster The Dirty Picture, was found dead in her apartment on Friday.

Actor Shiv Kumar Verma suffering from COPD; CINTAA seeks help

03 Dec 2020

Actor Shiv Kumar Verma suffering from COPD; CINTAA seeks help

Veteran actor Shiv Kumar Verma, who has also worked in many movies including Halla Bol, is suffering from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and has been hospitalized.

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

29 Nov 2020

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.

Vijay Raaz breaks his silence on molestation allegations

13 Nov 2020

Vijay Raaz breaks his silence on molestation allegations

Actor Vijay Raaz, who was recently arrested for allegedly molesting a female crew member on the sets of Vidya Balan-starrer Sherni, has broken his silence over the allegations.

Actor Vijay Raaz gets bail after arrest in molestation case

03 Nov 2020

Actor Vijay Raaz gets bail after arrest in molestation case

Bollywood actor Vijay Raaz has been granted bail shortly after he was reported to have been arrested in a molestation case.

Halloween 2020: Here are some Bollywood-inspired spooky costume ideas

27 Oct 2020

Halloween 2020: Here are some Bollywood-inspired spooky costume ideas

The year 2020 is a horror story in itself. To be honest, the ongoing pandemic sometimes feels like a real-life zombie apocalypse.

Noted fashion designer Sharbari Datta found dead at Kolkata home

18 Sep 2020

Noted fashion designer Sharbari Datta found dead at Kolkata home

Eminent fashion designer Sharbari Datta was found dead inside a washroom at her residence late on Thursday night in Kolkata. She was 63.

'Shakuntala Devi' review: Vidya Balan couldn't save this unmoving biopic

01 Aug 2020

'Shakuntala Devi' review: Vidya Balan couldn't save this unmoving biopic

They say good biopics are a rarity in Bollywood, and clearly writer/director Anu Menon is not looking to disrupt that notion.

'Shakuntala Devi' trailer: Vidya Balan steals attention with spunky role

15 Jul 2020

'Shakuntala Devi' trailer: Vidya Balan steals attention with spunky role

The official trailer of Vidya Balan-starrer Shakuntala Devi has arrived and it looks promising.

Abhishek Bachchan's 'Breathe' season 2 to release this July

12 Jun 2020

Abhishek Bachchan's 'Breathe' season 2 to release this July

Abhishek Bachchan is all set to make his entry into the digital space.

Parineeti Chopra feels digital releases are a compromise

12 Jun 2020

Parineeti Chopra feels digital releases are a compromise

Ever since the coronavirus pandemic shuttered theaters across the country, whether producers should wait for dust to settle or go for a direct digital release has remained a burning question.

Janhvi Kapoor's 'Gunjan Saxena' to release directly on Netflix

09 Jun 2020

Janhvi Kapoor's 'Gunjan Saxena' to release directly on Netflix

After Gulabo Sitabo and Shakuntala Devi, Janhvi Kapoor-starrerGunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl has become the latest Bollywood movie to release directly on an OTT platform, thanks to the coronavirus pandemic.

COVID-19 and films: How the pandemic is changing cinema

04 Jun 2020

COVID-19 and films: How the pandemic is changing cinema

They say films are a reflection of the society.

'Ponmagal Vandhal' leaked online before its premiere on Amazon Prime

29 May 2020

'Ponmagal Vandhal' leaked online before its premiere on Amazon Prime

Jyothika-starrer highly-anticipated Tamil movie Ponmagal Vandhal faced a huge trouble as it was leaked online even before its premiere on an OTT platform.

These 7 new movies will soon release on Prime Video

17 May 2020

These 7 new movies will soon release on Prime Video

Someone's fortune is another's misfortune.

Vidya Balan's 'Shakuntala Devi' to premiere on Prime Video

16 May 2020

Vidya Balan's 'Shakuntala Devi' to premiere on Prime Video

Vidya Balan-starrer Shakuntala Devi is all set to release on Amazon's streaming arm Prime Video.

Why are film producers and theaters at loggerheads?

15 May 2020

Why are film producers and theaters at loggerheads?

The film business, much like the entire world right now, is a hullabaloo of uncertainty and anxiety.

'Hum Paanch' is returning, but Ashok Saraf had no clue

10 Apr 2020

'Hum Paanch' is returning, but Ashok Saraf had no clue

After the return of classic shows like Ramayan and Shaktimaan, another much-loved family show from the good ol' 90s Hum Paanch is coming back on the small screen.