Known as the ‘Lady Amir Khan’ of Bollywood, Vidya Balan has established herself as one of the strongest and finest female actors of Indian Cinema. She made her acting debut with the award-winning Bengali film called ‘Bhalo Theko’ . Her latest film ‘Begum Jaan’ releases on April 14, 2017.
Lage Raho Munna Bhai (2006)In this non-substantial role, she managed to carve-out a place in people’s heart with her easy and natural infectious charm. With her second film, she proved to everyone that she can do both frothy and performance oriented roles, thus making her first step towards becoming a versatile actress.
Guru (2007)In this Mani Ratnam flick, she played a second fiddle to lead cast but nonetheless it was a tricky role for her to pull off because she wasn’t yet the big star that she is today. Despite all the odds she made her role a point of discussion. She made the cons work in her favour by playing her role with conviction.
Bhool Bhulaiyaa (2007)Her performance in BhoolBhulaiya was unanimously appreciated although the film met with mixed responses. The film was a runaway hit and the popularity of the role of Avni/Manjulika ensured that Vidya will have a long innings in Bollywood.
Parineeta (2005)In her first ever Bollywood film, she held her own among seasoned actors and managed to outshine a few of her co-stars. She won the Filmfare Best Debut (Female) award for her earthy performance and Indian cinema got an actress who will not only entertain us for a long time to come but also give us the privilege to watch her in meaningful cinematic roles.
Kahaani 2 (2016)In the sequel to ‘Kahaani’ – the role that made her some sort of living acting legend – she returned to play yet another strong character with a tragic past. She infused a sense of realism and sadness to her role which made the message that the film was trying to send so effective.
No One Killed Jessica (2011)It was a film based on the real life incident of Jessica Lal murder case and Vidya was perfect choice to play the victim’s sister as she is so nuanced in portraying emotions on the screen. She delivered an understated and heart wrenching performance that only consolidated her position as an actress of calibre.
Paa (2009)The film’s primary focus was on the relationship between Auro and his mother, so naturally Vidya had to be on the top of her game. She not only lived up to the task but also added a touch of vulnerability to her role which helped the viewers associate with her character’s pain, patience, hope and despair.
The Dirty Picture (2011)Her ‘Silk Smitha’ act tops the list simply because she not only seduced half of the world with her sensual gyrating and those ample curves but also brought a certain amount of dignity to her role which took forward the discussion of a woman having the right to do whatever she chooses with her body according to her own will. It was a performance that deserves a mention in every Indian film history book. A Path breaking role by a path breaking actress in a path breaking film.
Ishqiya (2010)With ‘Ishqiya’ Vidya entered into uncharted territories. For the first time in her career she had to channel her inner seductress for playing a character who is also foul mouthed and a shrewd femme fatale. Given her natural acting skills she displayed oodles of physical chemistry with both her co-stars Naseeruddin Shah and Arshad Wrashi, who belong to different generations and different style of acting.
Kahaani (2012)Vidya was the main protagonist of the film and she powered it to box office glory. ‘Kahaani’ represents the zenith of her illustrious career so far. This is the film that single-handedly made her the best actress of 21st century in Indian Cinema. Vidya was the epitome of feminine strength and resilience in the role of a pregnant wife in search of her missing husband. She almost broke the glass ceiling by bringing about a revolution by accepting roles that didn’t require an actress to depend on male co-stars for pulling in the audiences.