Puthur, a town in the Palakkad District of Kerala, to parents of Tamilian descent Her father, P. R. Balan, is the Executive ViVidya Balan born 1 January 1978) is an Indian actress. She has established a career in Bollywood and is the recipient of several awards, including a National Film Award, five Filmfare Awards, and five Screen AwardsVidya Balan was born on 1 January 1978 in Poothamkurussy,ce-President of Digicable, and her mother, Saraswathy Balan, is a homemaker.According to Vidya, they speak a mix of Malayalam and Tamil at home.Her elder sister, Priya Balan, works in the field of advertising. The actress Priyamani is her second cousin.While pursuing her master’s degree, Vidya was cast as the female lead in the Malayalam film Chakram, opposite Mohanlal and was subsequently signed on for twelve other Malayalam language films. However, due to production difficulties, Chakram was shelved. The postponement of a film starring Mohanlal was an unheard of occurrence in Malayalam cinema and film producers blamed Vidya for bringing “bad luck” to the project; labelled her as a “jinx” and replaced her in all the films that she had been contracted for. She then shifted focus to Tamil cinema. In 2001, she was cast as the female lead in N. Linguswamy’s Run (2002). However, after completing the first shooting schedule of the film

Following the success of Parineeta and Lage Raho Munna Bhai, Vidya’s film roles were subject to wide critical analysis. Vir Sanghvi noted that the films Heyy Babyy and Kismat Konnection were “strange films in which she tried to pretend to be what she is not — a Bollywood bimbette.” Vidya described that particular phase in her career as a “struggle to be someone else”. Due to the criticism that her film choices evoked, Vidya decided to choose roles that she “believed in” rather than choose by convention. Members of the media have subsequently labelled her as “bold” and “daring” in her choices