Vidya Balan is one of the most known, loved and respected actors in Bollywood today. The recipient of several awards including the National film award, five Filmfare awards, 5 screen awards & several others. She’s a Padma Shri awardee, one of the highest civilian honours by the government of India. She pioneered a change in the concept of a Hindi film heroine and is referred to as the first female hero of modern times.
Vidya is credited with ushering in female centric cinema in Bollywood. She’s one of the few actress to have been able to garner both critical and commercial success for films like The Dirty picture, Paa, Ishqiya and Kahaani. With every film she breaks the mould and offers us memorable characters like the recent Kahaani 2, Begumjaan and Tumhari Sulu. Beside being known for her path breaking work in cinema, she is also known for the humanitarian causes she has supported over the years. Her contributions in the area of sanitation, education and women’s empowerment have been hugely effective