Vidya 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 Awards, and was awarded the Padma Shri by the Government of India in 2014. She is known for portraying strong female protagonists and has been acknowledged in the media for pioneering a change in the concept of a Hindi film heroine.Vidya Balan was born on 1 January 1978 in Poothamkurussy, Puthur,a town in the Palakkad District of Kerala, to parents of Tamilian descent. Her father, P. R. Balan, is the Executive Vice-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.