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 aspired to a career in film from a young age, and had her first acting role in the 1995 sitcom Hum Paanch.
She pursued a master’s degree in sociology from the University of Mumbai and simultaneously made several unsuccessful attempts to start a career in film. She subsequently featured in various television commercials and music videos, and in 2003 made her feature film debut as the protagonist of the independent Bengali drama Bhalo Theko.
In 2005 Vidya garnered praise for her first Hindi film, the drama Parineeta, and followed it with a leading role in the highly successful 2006 comedy film Lage Raho Munna Bhai.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.