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  Vidya Balan
About Vidya Balan
Vidya was born in the Tamil-speaking Balan family on
January 1, 1978 in Palghat, Kerala, India. Her family
consists of her dad, P.R. Balan, who is the
Vice-President of ETC Channel; mom - a home-maker, and
an elder sister, Priya, who is married to Kedar. She
also has an aunt by the name of Raji Raju. The Balan
family re-located to live at Road No. 11, near Ambedkar
Garden, Chembur, Bombay, when Vidya was very young. She
studied in St. Anthony's Convent School, and thereafter
in St. Xavier's College from where she obtained a
degree in Sociology. She then went on to obtain a
Masters degree in Sociology from Bombay
University. She also studied and performed in Prithvi
Theaters' workshops. Due to tradition of most
Tamil-Iyer families, Vidya and her Priya learned
Carnatic dance form during their early childhood days,
but Vidya opted out as the dance classes took place
early on Sunday mornings and as she is not an early
riser. Considerably overweight, rather tomboyish,
during her school-days, and an ardent fan of Shahrukh
Khan, she decided to shed those extra pounds when she
elected to opt for modeling and movies. Facing
disappointment after being rejected by a Tamil
producer, she nevertheless persisted until she got her
first break with a Malyalam movie 'Chakram' opposite
Mohanlal, however, the project was shelved, and she had
to wait until 1998 to debut in a Surf Excel commercial.
She then went on to appear in several commercials
directed by Pradeep Sarkar. She completed nearly 90
such ads. She appeared in three music videos for
Pankaj Udhas, Euphoria, and Shubha Mudgal in supporting
roles. She then also appeared in two TV serials Ekta
Kapoor's 'Hum Paanch', and Ashok Pandit's 'Hanste
Khelte'. During 2003 she was signed-up to play a role
in a Bengali movie 'Bhaalo Theko' opposite Joy
Sengupta. This project was completed during the year
2006, and was a considerable hit. Then during 2006
Vidya was approached by Vidhu Vinod Chopra during a
pop-concert in Mumbai to play a lead role in
'Parineeta'. She then had to undergo 17 make-up shoots
and 40 screen tests before being chosen for this role.
All this hard work did result in success as 'Parineeta'
was very well received so much so that the Tamil
producer, who had previously rejected her, invited her
to appear in a 'Dasavatharam' opposite Kamal Hassan,
and now it was Vidya's turn to reject this offer which
eventually went to 'Asin'. Apart from acting, Vidya
occupies herself for supporting education for young
Indians by promoting children's' books; is associated
with Americans for Aids Research; with Hale House -
that provides support and housing for children born
with HIV and drug abuse; as well as hosting forums and
attending events for Harvard Aids Institute. Single,
never involved in any relationship or scandal, she
claims to get along well with both female and male
friends. An ardent devotee of Bhagwan Shri Sai Baba,
she makes it a point to attend Mandirs every Thursday.
She is proficient in Tamil, Malyalam, Hindi, English,
Bengali, and can also read Urdu.
Vidya Balan
Real Name
Vidya Balan
Date of Birth
1st Jan 1982
P.R. Balan
Mother Tongue
Birth Place
Pallakad, Kerala
Failure graced her steps earlier… but the valiant Vidya
Balan didn't buckle under the label of being a "jinxed
actress," with many of her South productions coming unstuck.
Rather, she bided h
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