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Shahid Kapoor (also known as Shahid Khattar; born on 25 February 1981) is an Indian film actor. He started his career by working in music videos and advertisements, and made his Bollywood debut with Ishq Vishk (2003) and won a Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut for his performance. He followed it with films like Fida (2004) and Shikhar (2005), and had his first major commercial success with Sooraj R. Barjatya's Vivah (2006) followed by Jab We Met (2007), Kaminey (2009) and R... Rajkumar (2013), his highest domestic box office grosser so far.[1][2] His performances in Jab We Met (2007) and Kaminey (2009) earned him nominations for the Filmfare Best Actor Award.[3][4]
Contents [hide]
1 Early life
2 Career
2.1 Early career, until 2005
2.2 Breakthrough, 2006–09
2.3 Commercial struggles, 2010–present
3 Personal life
4 Filmography
5 References
6 External links
Early life[edit]

Kapoor was born to actor Pankaj Kapur and actor/classical dancer Neelima Azeem on 25 February 1981. Kapoor's parents divorced when he was 3. He continued living with his mother and maternal grandparents in Press Enclave, Saket in Delhi. He shares a cordial relationship with his father and stepmother Supriya Pathak.[5]
As a child, he studied at Gyan Bharati School in Delhi until the fourth grade, where he shifted to Rajhans Vidyalaya, Mumbai.[6] Kapoor has three half siblings: a sister named Sanah Kapur and brothers named Ishaan Khattar and Ruhaan Kapur; Ishaan acted with him in the movie Vaah! Life Ho Toh Aisi! (2005). His maternal grandfather was Anwar Azeem, a noted Marxist journalist and author from Bihar.[7] His great great grandfather was the film director, screenwriter, novelist and journalist Khwaja Ahmad Abbas more popularly known as K. A. Abbas. K.A. Abbas in turn was the grandson of Hali, the chief protégé of Urdu poet, Ghalib.[8][9]
Career[edit]

Early career, until 2005[edit]
Before starting his career as an actor, Kapoor worked in several music videos and ads, including the Pepsi commercial with Shahrukh Khan, Kajol and Rani Mukerji post Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998) and the music video Aankhon Me Tera Hi Chehra by the Aryans along with Hrishitaa Bhatt. He had already joined Shiamak Davar Institute for the Performing Arts (SDIPA) in 1995, where he was later seen in Subhash Ghai's film Taal (1999) as a background dancer in the song "Kahin Aag Lage Lag Jawe" along with actress Aishwarya Rai and opted out of the academy in 2001 or 2002, and also stopped appearing in advertisements and music videos at this time, so he could concentrate on making his Bollywood debut.[citation needed]
In 2003, Kapoor played his first leading role as Rajiv Mathur, a carefree young man in Ken Ghosh's moderately successful love story Ishq Vishk.[10] Appearing opposite Amrita Rao and Shenaz Treasurywala, the film was well received by audiences and Kapoor's performance earned him a Filmfare Best Male Debut Award. Film critic Taran Adarsh from indiaFM wrote, "Shahid Kapoor is an actor to watch. He has all the qualities to hit the top slot. Not only is he good looking, but he is an amazing performer as well. Very original as a performer [sic], the youngster has handled the dramatic and emotional moments with flourish. He is an exceptional dancer as well. All he needs to do is pick and choose his forthcoming assignments with care, so that the journey to the top slot is minus hiccups."[11]
The following year, Kapoor joined director Ken Ghosh once again in the thriller Fida, where he co-starred alongside Kareena Kapoor and Fardeen Khan. The film failed to do well at the box office, yet Kapoor's performance was praised.[12] The Tribune concluded, "...Shahid Kapoor shines in his role. He looks fresh. As an impulsive emotional and innocent guy, who is sucked into crime because of these very qualities, he manages to evoke your sympathies."[13] He then appeared in the romantic comedy Dil Maange More opposite Soha Ali Khan, Tulip Joshi, and Ayesha Takia. His performa
Shahid Kapoor (also known as Shahid Khattar; born on 25 February 1981) is an Indian film actor. He started his career by working in music videos and advertisements, and made his Bollywood debut with Ishq Vishk (2003) and won a Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut for his performance. He followed it with films like Fida (2004) and Shikhar (2005), and had his first major commercial success with Sooraj R. Barjatya's Vivah (2006) followed by Jab We Met (2007), Kaminey (2009) and R... Rajkumar (2013), his highest domestic box office grosser so far.[1][2] His performances in Jab We Met (2007) and Kaminey (2009) earned him nominations for the Filmfare Best Actor Award.[3][4]
Contents [hide]
1 Early life
2 Career
2.1 Early career, until 2005
2.2 Breakthrough, 2006–09
2.3 Commercial struggles, 2010–present
3 Personal life
4 Filmography
5 References
6 External links
Early life[edit]

Kapoor was born to actor Pankaj Kapur and actor/classical dancer Neelima Azeem on 25 February 1981. Kapoor's parents divorced when he was 3. He continued living with his mother and maternal grandparents in Press Enclave, Saket in Delhi. He shares a cordial relationship with his father and stepmother Supriya Pathak.[5]
As a child, he studied at Gyan Bharati School in Delhi until the fourth grade, where he shifted to Rajhans Vidyalaya, Mumbai.[6] Kapoor has three half siblings: a sister named Sanah Kapur and brothers named Ishaan Khattar and Ruhaan Kapur; Ishaan acted with him in the movie Vaah! Life Ho Toh Aisi! (2005). His maternal grandfather was Anwar Azeem, a noted Marxist journalist and author from Bihar.[7] His great great grandfather was the film director, screenwriter, novelist and journalist Khwaja Ahmad Abbas more popularly known as K. A. Abbas. K.A. Abbas in turn was the grandson of Hali, the chief protégé of Urdu poet, Ghalib.[8][9]
Career[edit]

Early career, until 2005[edit]
Before starting his career as an actor, Kapoor worked in several music videos and ads, including the Pepsi commercial with Shahrukh Khan, Kajol and Rani Mukerji post Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998) and the music video Aankhon Me Tera Hi Chehra by the Aryans along with Hrishitaa Bhatt. He had already joined Shiamak Davar Institute for the Performing Arts (SDIPA) in 1995, where he was later seen in Subhash Ghai's film Taal (1999) as a background dancer in the song "Kahin Aag Lage Lag Jawe" along with actress Aishwarya Rai and opted out of the academy in 2001 or 2002, and also stopped appearing in advertisements and music videos at this time, so he could concentrate on making his Bollywood debut.[citation needed]
In 2003, Kapoor played his first leading role as Rajiv Mathur, a carefree young man in Ken Ghosh's moderately successful love story Ishq Vishk.[10] Appearing opposite Amrita Rao and Shenaz Treasurywala, the film was well received by audiences and Kapoor's performance earned him a Filmfare Best Male Debut Award. Film critic Taran Adarsh from indiaFM wrote, "Shahid Kapoor is an actor to watch. He has all the qualities to hit the top slot. Not only is he good looking, but he is an amazing performer as well. Very original as a performer [sic], the youngster has handled the dramatic and emotional moments with flourish. He is an exceptional dancer as well. All he needs to do is pick and choose his forthcoming assignments with care, so that the journey to the top slot is minus hiccups."[11]
The following year, Kapoor joined director Ken Ghosh once again in the thriller Fida, where he co-starred alongside Kareena Kapoor and Fardeen Khan. The film failed to do well at the box office, yet Kapoor's performance was praised.[12] The Tribune concluded, "...Shahid Kapoor shines in his role. He looks fresh. As an impulsive emotional and innocent guy, who is sucked into crime because of these very qualities, he manages to evoke your sympathies."[13] He then appeared in the romantic comedy Dil Maange More opposite Soha Ali Khan, Tulip Joshi, and Ayesha Takia. His performa

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Vidya Balan (pronounced [ʋɪdja ̪ ː baːlən]; born 1 January 1978) is an Indian actress !

"e "as establis"ed a success#ul career in $indi lan%ua%e #il&s o# Bolly'ood and is t"e recipient o# one (ational )il& *'ard+ #i,e )il&#are *'ards+ and #i,e !creen *'ards !"e is -no'n #or portrayin% stron% #e&ale prota%onists and "as been ac-no'led%ed in t"e &edia #or brea-in% stereotypes o# a $indi #il& "eroine Vidya aspired to a career in #il& #ro& a youn% a%e+ and "ad "er #irst actin% role in t"e 199. sitco& $u& /aanc" !"e pursued a &aster0s de%ree in sociolo%y #ro& t"e 1ni,ersity o# 2u&bai and si&ultaneously &ade se,eral unsuccess#ul atte&pts to start a career in #il& !"e subse3uently #eatured in ,arious tele,ision co&&ercials and &usic ,ideos+ and in 4556 &ade "er #eature #il& debut as t"e prota%onist o# t"e independent Ben%ali dra&a B"alo 7"e-o In 455. Vidya %arnered praise #or "er #irst $indi #il&+ t"e &usical dra&a /arineeta+ and #ollo'ed it 'it" a leadin% role in t"e "i%"ly success#ul 4558 co&edy #il& 9a%e :a"o 2unna B"ai 7"is initial success 'as #ollo'ed by roles in t"e ro&antic co&edies $eyy Babyy (4557) and ;is&at ;onnection (4558) '"ic" &et 'it" ne%ati,e co&&ents #ro& t"e critics 7"e year 4559+ "o'e,er+ &ar-ed t"e be%innin% o# t"e &ost success#ul period in Vidya0s career as s"e portrayed #i,e consecuti,e roles to 'ide critical acclai& in t"e 4559 dra&a /aa+ t"e 4515 blac- co&edy Is"3iya+ t"e 4511 se&i<bio%rap"ical t"riller (o =ne ;illed Jessica+ t"e 4511 biopic 7"e >irty /icture+ and t"e 4514 t"riller ;a"aani 7"ese roles establis"ed "er as a leadin% actress o# $indi cine&a and earned "er t"e ta% o# a ?#e&ale "ero? In addition to actin% in #il&s+ Vidya pro&otes "u&anitarian causes and supports t"e e&po'er&ent o# 'o&en !"e initially dre' criticis& #or "er #luctuatin% 'ei%"t and ?3uestionable? dress sense+ but 'as later credited in t"e &edia #or ?not &orp"in% "ersel# to #it into any con,entional slot? [1] !"e is &arried to t"e #il& producer !idd"art" :oy ;apur @ontents ["ide] 1 Aarly li#e and bac-%round 4 @areer 4 1 !tru%%le and debut (4555B56) 4 4 Brea-t"rou%" (455.B58) 4 6 !uccess and critical acclai& (4559 on'ards) 6 /ersonal li#e C 2edia i&a%e and artistry . )il&o%rap"y . 1 )il&s . 4 7ele,ision 8 !ee also 7 :e#erences 8 )urt"er readin% 9 ADternal lin-s Aarly li#e and bac-%round[edit] Vidya Balan 'as born on 1 January 1978 in =ttapala&+[4] a to'n in t"e /ala--ad >istrict o# ;erala+ to / : Balan+ currently t"e ADecuti,e Vice</resident o# >i%icable+[6] and !aras'at"y Balan+ a "o&e&a-er [C][.] *ccordin% to Vidya+ t"ey spea- a &iD o# 7a&il and 2alayala& at "o&e; s"e is also 'ell ,ersed in $indi+ 2arat"i+ An%lis" and Ben%ali [8] $er elder sister+ /riya Balan+ 'or-s in t"e #ield o# ad,ertisin% [C] Vidya %re' up in t"e suburban nei%"bour"ood o# @"e&bur+ 2u&bai and 'as sc"ooled at !t *nt"ony Eirls0 $i%" !c"ool [7][8] )ro& a youn% a%e s"e aspired to a career in #il& and 'as inspired by t"e 'or- o# actors !"abana *F&i and 2ad"uri >iDit [9][15] *t t"e a%e o# siDteen+ s"e starred in t"e #irst season o# A-ta ;apoor0s sitco& $u& /aanc" as :ad"i-a+ a bespectacled teena%er [11][14] )ollo'in% t"e success o# t"e s"o'+ Vidya re#used director *nura% Basu0s o##er to star in a tele,ision soap opera+ as s"e 'anted to concentrate on a #il& career [16] $er parents 'ere supporti,e o# t"e decision but encoura%ed "er to co&plete "er education #irst+[9] so s"e attended !t Ga,ier0s @olle%e to pursue a bac"elor0s de%ree in sociolo%y and later earned a &aster0s de%ree #ro& t"e 1ni,ersity o# 2u&bai [1C][1.] @areer[edit]

!tru%%le and debut (4555B56)[edit] H"ile pursuin% "er &aster0s de%ree+ Vidya 'as cast as t"e #e&ale lead in t"e 2alayala& #il& @"a-ra&+ opposite 2o"anlal and 'as subse3uently si%ned on #or t'el,e ot"er 2alayala& lan%ua%e #il&s [9] $o'e,er+ due to production di##iculties+ @"a-ra& 'as s"el,ed [18] 7"e postpone&ent o# a #il& starrin% 2o"anlal 'as an un"eard o# occurrence in 2alayala& cine&a and #il& producers bla&ed "er #or brin%in% ?bad luc-? to t"e project; labelled "er as a ?jinD? and replaced "er in all t"e #il&s t"at s"e "ad been contracted #or [9] !"e t"en s"i#ted #ocus to 7a&il cine&a In 4551+ s"e 'as cast as t"e #e&ale lead in ( 9in%us'a&y0s :un (4554) $o'e,er+ a#ter co&pletin% t"e #irst s"ootin% sc"edule o# t"e #il&+ s"e 'as uncere&oniously dropped and replaced by 2eera Jas&ine [17] !"e 'as si%ned up under #alse pretences #or a seD co&edy+ a %enre s"e 'as t"en unco&#ortable 'it"+ and t"us decided to lea,e t"e project [9] 7"erea#ter+ s"e si%ned on #or a t"ird 7a&il #il&+ 2anasella& (4556)+ but 'as replaced by 7ris"a ;ris"nan as t"e director 'as dissatis#ied 'it" "er 'or- [18] ;alari Vi-ra&an (4556)+ a 2alayala& #il& t"at s"e co&pleted 'or- #or+ #ailed to %et a t"eatrical release [19] *#ter #ailin% to start a #il& career+ Vidya appeared in approDi&ately siDty tele,ision co&&ercials and in &usic ,ideos #or Aup"oria and !"ub"a 2ud%al; a &ajority o# t"ese 'ere directed by /radeep !ar-ar [16][45] In 4556+ s"e 'as si%ned on by Eouta& $alder #or "is independent Ben%ali dra&a B"alo 7"e-o; "er #irst #il& release [41] $er portrayal o# *nandi+ a youn% 'o&an re&iniscin% about "er past+ 'on "er an *nandalo- /uras"-ar #or Best *ctress [44] Brea-t"rou%" (455.B58)[edit] In 455. Vidya &ade "er $indi #il& debut 'it" /radeep !ar-ar0s &usical dra&a /arineeta Be#ore bein% cast #or t"e #il&+ s"e "ad to under%o eDtensi,e auditions #or a period o# siD &ont"s [18][46] 7"e #il&+ an adaptation o# !arat @"andra @"attopad"yay0s no,el o# t"e sa&e na&e+ narrated t"e lo,e story o# an idealist 9alita (Vidya) and an e%oist !"e-"ar (!ai# *li ;"an)+ t"e son o# a capitalist business&an [4C] $er per#or&ance in t"e #il& 'as praised by critics;[14] >ere- Alley #ro& Variety 'rote+ ? *n actin% re,elation is 7a&il ne'co&er Balan+ '"ose de,oted but di%ni#ied 9alita is t"e picture0s "eart and soul ?[4.] /arineeta #etc"ed "er a Best )e&ale >ebut a'ard and a no&ination #or Best *ctress at t"e annual )il&#are *'ards cere&ony [48] 7"e #ollo'in% year+ Vidya appeared opposite !anjay >utt in :aj-u&ar $irani0s co&edy #il& 9a%e :a"o 2unna B"ai !"e portrayed t"e role o# J"an,i+ a radio joc-ey and t"e lo,e interest o# t"e prota%onist 2unna B"ai 7o prepare #or "er role+ s"e &et 'it" a couple o# radio joc-eys and 'atc"ed t"e& at 'or- [47] $er per#or&ance 'as critically 'ell recei,ed+[48] and t"e #il& e&er%ed as a bloc-buster 'it" %ross earnin%s o# o,er I(:1 18 billion (1!I18 &illion) [49] Vidya Balan is loo-in% directly at t"e ca&era Vidya at a pro&otional e,ent #or B"ool B"ulaiyaa+ 4557 In 4557 Vidya #eatured in a supportin% role in 2ani :atna&0s se&i<bio%rap"ical dra&a Euru as a 'o&an su##erin% #ro& &ultiple sclerosis 7"e #il&+ '"ic" starred 2it"un @"a-raborty+ *b"is"eBac"c"an+ *is"'arya :ai Bac"c"an+ and : 2ad"a,an in leadin% roles+ per#or&ed 'ell at t"e boD o##ice [65] $o'e,er+ #il& critics ;"alid 2o"a&ed and :aja !en noted t"at "er ?talent 'as 'asted? in a ?&inuscule role? [61][64] $er neDt release 'as (i-"il *d,ani0s !alaa&<e<Is"3J * 7ribute 7o 9o,e+ a ro&antic co&edy #eaturin% an ense&ble cast+ in '"ic" s"e 'as paired opposite Jo"n *bra"a& 7"e #il&+ '"ic" narrated siD indi,idual lo,e stories+ sa' Vidya play t"e role o# a tele,ision reporter+ 7e"Feeb $ussain+ su##erin% #ro& a &e&ory loss condition 7"e #il&+ '"ic" 'as a critical and co&&ercial #ailure+[65] %enerated positi,e re,ie's #or Vidya !u-anya Ver&a o# :edi## co& 'rote+ ?Vidya0s trans#or&ation #ro& a sel#<assured 'or-in% 'o&an to a "elpless+ ,ulnerable person is superb ?[66] Vidya t"en too- a supportin% role in Vid"u Vinod @"opra0s suspense t"riller A-la,yaJ 7"e :oyal Euard+ alon%side *&itab" Bac"c"an+ Bo&an Irani+ !"ar&ila 7a%ore+ !ai# *li ;"an+ and !anjay >utt 7"e #il&+ '"ic" #lopped co&&ercially+ &et 'it" positi,e critical re,ie's and 'as selected as India0s o##icial entry to t"e =scars #or t"e 85t" *cade&y *'ards [6C] !"e 'as later cast as Is"a !a"ni+ a sin%le &ot"er+ in !ajid ;"an0s $eyy Babyy+ alon%side co<stars *-s"ay ;u&ar+ :ites" >es"&u-"+ and )ardeen ;"an 7"e co&edy #il& 'as a boD<o##ice success+[65] but %arnered ne%ati,e re,ie's #ro& critics+ as did Vidya0s per#or&ance; @((<IB(0s :ajee, 2asand criticised

"er 'ardrobe and &a-e<up+ and considered "er t"e ?sore t"u&b? o# t"e #il& [6.][68] Vidya0s #i#t" and #inal #il& o# 4557 'as /riyadars"an0s psyc"olo%ical t"riller B"ool B"ulaiyaa+ a re&a-e o# t"e 2alayala& #il& 2anic"itrat"aF"u (1996) Vidya #eatured as *,ani @"atur,edi (a c"aracter played by !"obana in t"e 2alayala& ori%inal)+ a 'o&an su##erin% #ro& dissociati,e identity disorder [67] @o<starrin% !"iney *"uja+ *-s"ay ;u&ar+ and *&ees"a /atel+ B"ool B"ulaiyaa 'as a co&&ercial success 'it" a 'orld'ide re,enue o# o,er I(:865 &illion (1!I16 &illion) [65] :e,ie'ers+ '"ile bein% %enerally ne%ati,e o# t"e #il&+ 'ere appreciati,e o# Vidya0s per#or&ance Hritin% #or $industan 7i&es+ ;"alid 2o"a&ed described "er as ?ban-ably li-eable? and Bolly'ood $un%a&a0s 7aran *dars" labelled "er as ?splendid? [68][69] 7"e role earned Vidya a second )il&#are no&ination in t"e Best *ctress cate%ory [48] In 45580s social #il& $alla Bol+ Vidya played a supportin% role alon%side *jay >e,%n and /an-aj ;apur 7"e #il& 'as based on t"e li#e o# acti,ist !a#dar $as"&i+ '"o 'as -illed by political ri,als '"ile per#or&in% on a street play (by t"e na&e o# $alla Bol) in 1989 [C5] 7"e #il& 'as a critical #ailure [C1] 9ater t"at year+ s"e co<starred 'it" !"a"id ;apoor in *FiF 2irFa0s ro&antic co&edy ;is&at ;onnection * co&&ercial #ailure+[C4] t"e #il& and "er per#or&ance %enerated a ne%ati,e response; critic !onia @"opra co&&ented+ ?[Balan] is &ade to loo- do'nri%"t drab 7"e "aircut is un#latterin%+ t"e &a-e<up too plain+ t"e clot"es usually in o##<'"ite or bro'n /lus t"e c"aracter is repetiti,e and re&inds us o# t"e one s"e played in 9a%e :a"o 2unnab"ai ?[C6] !uccess and critical acclai& (4559 on'ards)[edit] In 4559 Vidya played t"e role o# an un'ed %ynaecolo%ist stru%%lin% 'it" "er 14<year<old son0s pro%eria syndro&e+ in t"e : Bal-i<directed dra&edy /aa *&itab" Bac"c"an played t"e role o# Vidya0s son and *b"is"e- Bac"c"an played t"e titular c"aracter Hell recei,ed by critics+ t"e #il& "as been described as a &ajor turnin% point in "er career [CC] !u-anya Ver&a co&pared "er actin% style to t"at o# >i&ple ;apadia and noted+ ?Balan is poi%nant yet restrained and projects an i&pressi,e #i%ure o# %race and inte%rity?;[C.] (i-"at ;aF&i #ro& 7"e 7i&es o# India #urt"er ar%ued t"at Vidya 'as success#ul in lendin% a ?rare di%nity to t"e i&a%e o# t"e Bolly'ood &o& ?[C8] $er portrayal ulti&ately #etc"ed "er a )il&#are *'ard #or Best *ctress and a !creen *'ard #or Best *ctress+ a&on% ot"er 'ins [48] Vidya #ollo'ed t"e success o# /aa 'it" t"e Vis"al B"ard'aj<produced Is"3iya (4515)+ a blacco&edy directed by debutant *b"is"e- @"aubey; co<starrin% (aseeruddin !"a"+ *rs"ad Harsi+ and !al&an !"a"id Vidya0s role 'as t"at o# ;ris"na Ver&a+ a seDually &anipulati,e 'o&an Vidya described "er c"aracter as ?an epito&e o# %rey? and a departure #ro& t"e con,entional portrayal o# 'o&en in cine&a [C7] In preparation #or "er part+ s"e undertoo- pro#essional trainin% to spea- in t"e local 1ttar /rades"<dialect [C8] 7"e #eature as 'ell as "er per#or&ance recei,ed critical acclai&; *nupa&a @"opra o# (>7V stated+ ?Vidya Balan0s s&olderin% loo-s scorc" t"e screen e,en as "er eyes "int at tra%edy !"e pro,es t"at s"e is &iles a"ead o# t"e coo-ie cutter Barbie dolls t"at clutter Bolly'ood and t"at sensuality "as ,ery little to do 'it" s"o'in% s-in ?[C9] $er 'or- in t"e #il& earned Vidya a )il&#are @ritics *'ard #or Best *ctress+ a second consecuti,e Best *ctress a'ard at !creen and a no&ination #or Best *ctress at )il&#are [.5] 7uss"ar ;apoor+ Vidya Balan and A&raan $as"&i pose #or t"e ca&era to%et"er Vidya 'it" co<stars 7uss"ar ;apoor (le#t) and A&raan $as"&i at t"e audio release o# 7"e >irty /icture $er per#or&ance in t"e #il& 'as acclai&ed and earned "er a (ational )il& *'ard #or Best *ctress and a )il&#are *'ard #or Best *ctress :aj ;u&ar Eupta0s se&i<bio%rap"ical t"riller (o =ne ;illed Jessica 'it" :ani 2u-erji 'as Vidya0s #irst release o# 4511 7"e #il&+ based on t"e Jessica 9al &urder case+ sa' "er portray t"e real<li#e c"aracter o# !abrina 9al+ Jessica0s reticent sister H"ile preparin% #or t"e role+ Vidya did not &eet 9al on t"e insistence o# Eupta as ?t"e !abrina [ ] today is di##erent #ro& t"e !abrina a decade a%o+ ['"en] t"e story be%ins? [.1] (o =ne ;illed Jessica &et 'it" contrastin% re,ie's #ro& critics+ but Vidya0s per#or&ance 'as particularly praised 7"e $indu re&ar-ed on Vidya0s ability to be ?in subli&e control o,er "er e&otions?[.4] and !a,era !o&es"'ar o# :edi## co& added t"at ?"er "esitant body lan%ua%e+ "er #ait"+ "er "elplessness+ "er ra%e+ "er sorro' and "er %ratitude all co&e across beauti#ully? [.6] 7"e #il& "ad net earnin%s o# I(:C95 &illion (1!I7 . &illion) and 'as noted #or bein% a co&&ercial success despite t"e absence o# a &ale lead [.C] Vidya earned anot"er )il&#are no&ination in t"e Best *ctress cate%ory #or t"e #il& [..] In 2arc" 4511+ a retrospecti,e o# Vidya0s #il&s 'as "eld in *ustralia+ as part o# t"e #il& #esti,al Bolly'ood K

Beyond [.8] 7"at sa&e year+ Vidya #eatured in a %uest appearance in !antos" !i,an0s 2alayala& lan%ua%e #antasy #il& 1ru&i [.7] Vidya0s neDt appearance 'as in A-ta ;apoor0s production 7"e >irty /icture+ a biopic based on t"e li#e and deat" o# t"e contro,ersial Indian actress !il- !&it"a [.8] Vidya 'as cast as !il-+ '"o 'as Lin Vidya0s 'ordsL?-no'n #or "er braFenness and in<your<#ace seDuality ?[.9] !"e described t"e role as t"e ?boldest? s"e "ad e,er played+ one t"at ?re3uired a lot o# &ental preparation+? and to loo- t"e part+ s"e %ained 14 -ilo%ra&s (48 lb) [85] 7"e #il& opened to &ajor critical acclai&+ and Vidya recei,ed unani&ous praise #or "er portrayal '"ic" se,eral re,ie'ers re%arded as "er best per#or&ance to date [81][84][86] ;"alid 2o"a&ed obser,ed+ ?!"e0s eDtraordinaryJ %utsy+ consistently in c"aracter and una#raid o# eDposin% "er dar-er side $ere0s t"e -ind o# co&pleD per#or&ance '"ic" you "a,en0t e,idenced in years and years ?[8C] $er director 2ilan 9ut"ria described "er as t"e conte&porary clai&ant o# t"e ?seD<sy&bol? title+ and co&pared "er ?,oluptuousness? to t"e li-es o# yesteryear actresses !ride,i and Vyjayant"i&ala [8.] 7"e #il& 'as e,entually declared a bloc-buster+[88][87] earnin% I(:1 17 billion (1!I18 &illion) 'orld'ide [88] Vidya 'on a second )il&#are *'ard+ a t"ird consecuti,e !creen *'ard+ and a (ational )il& *'ard #or Best *ctress [.5][89] )or "er neDt #eature #il&+ Vidya starred as Vidya Ba%c"i+ a pre%nant 'o&an in searc" o# "er &issin% "usband in !ujoy E"os"0s ;a"aani (4514) 7"e t"riller+ set in t"e city o# ;ol-ata durin% t"e >ur%a /uja #esti,ities+ &et 'it" 'ide critical acclai& 7o lend aut"enticity to "er part+ Vidya &et se,eral pre%nant 'o&en and learnt about t"eir li#estyle [75] !"e %enerated public and &edia attention by 'earin% a #a-e baby bu&p durin% t"e #il&0s pro&otional acti,ities [71][74] Vidya recei,ed #urt"er appreciation #or "er per#or&ance in ;a"aani !ub"as" ; J"a praised Vidya0s portrayal o# ?%race under pressure? as ?&easured and s-illed?; /rati& > Eupta o# 7"e 7ele%rap" added t"at s"e ?%ets into t"e p"ysicality o# a pre%nant 'o&an 'it" un#ailin% &astery? [76][7C] ;a"aani e&er%ed as a &ajor co&&ercial success bot" at t"e do&estic and international boD o##ice+ 'it" re,enues o# o,er I(:1 5C billion (1!I18 &illion) [7.] Vidya 'on a #ourt" consecuti,e Best *ctress *'ard at !creen and a t"ird Best *ctress *'ard at )il&#are [78][77] *#ter co&pletin% t"e duties o# a jury &e&ber at t"e 4516 @annes )il& )esti,al+ Vidya starred (opposite A&raan $as"&i) as a ?loud? and ?boisterous? /unjabi 'o&an in E"anc"a--ar+ a co&ic< t"riller #ro& director :aj ;u&ar Eupta [78][79] 7"e #il& recei,ed little praise #ro& t"e critics and 'as a co&&ercial #ailure [85] :ajee, 2asand #ound t"e #il& to be ?laFily scripted? but added t"at ?Vidya Balan o##ers a particularly unin"ibited per#or&ance as t"e %arrulous+ #as"ion<disaster o# a "ouse'i#e; t"e -ind o# part #e' leadin% ladies 'ould ,enture near+ or co&petently pull o## ?[81] Eaura, 2alani o# 7"e 7i&es o# India 'as &ore critical o# Vidya0s per#or&ance and 'rote+ ?$er put on /unjabi accent is a &ajor put o## and "er na%%in% 'i#e c"aracter irritates a#ter a '"ile ?[84] 9ater t"at year+ Vidya pro,ided t"e ,oice o# >raupadi #or 2a"ab"arat+ a 6> ani&ation #il& based on t"e Indian epic o# t"e sa&e na&e [86] Vidya "as t"ree #il&s in production #or a 451C release !"e "as co&pleted #il&in% on !a-et @"aud"ary0s !"aadi ;e !ide A##ects+ a ro&antic co&edy 'it" )ar"an *-"tar+ '"ic" 'ill ser,e as a se3uel to t"e 4558 #il& /yaar ;e !ide A##ects [8C] !"e "as also been si%ned on opposite A&raan $as"&i #or $a&ari *d"uri ;a"aani+ a ro&ance #ro& director 2o"it !uri+ and 'ill be seen in t"e role o# a detecti,e in t"e >ia 2irFa<produced &ystery #il& Bobby Jasoos [8.][88] /ersonal li#e[edit] Vidya Balan and !idd"art" :oy ;apur are s&ilin% at t"e ca&era Vidya and !idd"art" :oy ;apur at t"eir 'eddin% cere&ony+ >ece&ber 4514 7"e &ass &edia "as o#ten speculated about a ro&antic relations"ip bet'een Vidya and "er co< actors+ but s"e "as stron%ly denied t"ese reports [87][88] In 4559+ Vidya 'as in,ol,ed in a contro,ersy '"en s"e &entioned a pre,ious relations"ip in '"ic" ?caustic re&ar-s? 'ere &ade at "er due to "er 'ei%"t !"e said+ ?I# so&eone '"o &atters to you ta-es you do'n+ it can breayou 7"at so&eone '"ose appro,al &attered to &e started to constantly #ind #aults 'it" &e *t t"at point o# ti&e+ it 'as i&portant to 'al- a'ay #ro& t"at relations"ip ?[89] 7"ou%" s"e re#used to na&e t"e person+ tabloid reports su%%ested t"at s"e 'as re#errin% to !"a"id ;apoor ("er co<star in ;is&at ;onnection) [95] ;apoor+ "o'e,er+ denied t"e alle%ations [91] >urin% an inter,ie' in

2ay 4514+ Vidya announced t"at s"e 'as datin% !idd"art" :oy ;apur+ t"e @A= o# 17V 2otion /ictures [94] =n 1C >ece&ber 4514+ t"e couple 'ere &arried in a pri,ate cere&ony in Bandra+ 2u&bai [96] Vidya is trained in carnatic &usic and brie#ly studied t"e dance #or&s o# B"aratnatya& and ;at"a- [9C] :e%ardin% "er reli%ious a##iliations+ Vidya said+ ?I a& a person 'it" a lot o# #ait" and I "a,e con,ersations ['it" Eod] all t"e ti&e but I a& not so reli%ious in t"e con,entional+ or%anised sense? [9] !"e practices ,e%etarianis& and 'as listed as ?India0s "ottest ,e%etarian? in polls conducted by /A7* in 4511 and 4514 [9.][98] $er 'ei%"t #luctuations o,er t"e years "a,e been t"e subject o# substantial &edia co,era%e in India [97][98][99] Besides actin% in #il&+ Vidya pro&otes "u&anitarian causes and supports c"aritable institutions In 2arc" 4511+ s"e endorsed Horld Hildli#e )und0s Aart" $our ca&pai%n in India [155] !"e ca&pai%ned #or t"e cause o# nutrition in India #or @I(I (@"ild in (eed Institute)+ a non<pro#it or%anisation based in ;ol-ata [151] In !epte&ber 4514+ Vidya ,isited a ,illa%e in 2irFapur+ 1ttar /rades"+ '"ere s"e participated in a ca&pai%n to pro&ote c"ildren0s education and t"e e&po'er&ent o# 'o&en [154] )or "er atte&pts to e&po'er 'o&en+ Vidya 'as a'arded 7"e /rab"a ;"aitan /uras-ar 4514 by t"e @alcutta @"a&ber o# @o&&erce; s"e 'as t"e youn%est recipient o# t"e a'ard [156] Vidya "as also been appointed by t"e Eo,ern&ent o# India as t"eir brand a&bassador in t"e dri,e to i&pro,e t"e country0s sanitary condition [15C] In *u%ust 4516+ s"e ser,ed as t"e %rand &ars"al o# t"e India >ay parade "eld in (e' Mor- @ity [15.] In !epte&ber t"at year+ s"e launc"ed a tec"nolo%y<based learnin% plat#or& #or underpri,ile%ed c"ildren in t"e 7"anapur ,illa%e o# 1ttar /rades" [158] 2edia i&a%e and artistry[edit] Vidya Balan "olds a ball in "er "and at a soccer #ield Vidya at t"e 2elbourne @ric-et Eround+ 4514 )ollo'in% t"e success o# /arineeta and 9a%e :a"o 2unna B"ai+ Vidya0s #il& roles 'ere subject to 'ide critical analysis [157] Vir !an%",i noted t"at t"e #il&s $eyy Babyy and ;is&at ;onnection 'ere ?stran%e #il&s [ ] in '"ic" s"e tried to pretend to be '"at s"e is not L a Bolly'ood bi&bette ?[9] Vidya described t"at particular p"ase in "er career as a ?stru%%le to be so&eone else? [158] >ue to t"e criticis& t"at "er #il& c"oices e,o-ed+ Vidya decided to c"oose roles t"at s"e ?belie,ed in? rat"er t"an c"oose by con,ention [159] 2e&bers o# t"e &edia "a,e subse3uently labelled "er as ?bold? and ?darin%? in "er c"oices [115][111] $er starrin% roles in $eyy Babyy and ;is&at ;onnection also led to considerable attention in t"e &edia #or "er ?3uestionable 'ardrobe? !e,eral publications listed "er as t"e ?'orst dressed actress? and "er costu&e desi%ners attributed "er #ailure to carry o## 'estern clot"es due to "er 'ei%"t and body structure [114][116][11C] !"e 'as later praised in t"e &edia #or 'earin% saris at public e,ents; desi%ner (i"ari-a ;"an eDplained+ ?Vidya0s beauty lies in "er cur,es !"e0s co&#ortable in "er ,oluptuousness+ and t"ere#ore in a sari ?[11.] Vidya "as since been identi#ied as de#yin% ?an an%licised idea o# seDuality? and e&body t"e idea o# ?ra' Indian seDuality? [159] *#ter portrayin% "eadstron%+ independent 'o&en in /aa+ Is"3iya+ (o =ne ;illed Jessica+ 7"e >irty /icture and ;a"aani+ Vidya 'as credited in t"e &edia #or brea-in% stereotypes o# a $indi #il& "eroine [118] 7"e &ajor co&&ercial success o# t"e latter t'o also contributed to "er bein% labelled as a ?#e&ale "ero? [81][117] )il& critic 2ayan- !"e-"ar predicted+ ?Just a #e' s&art &ale actors can co&pletely c"an%e t"e #ace o# a co&&ercial+ star<dri,en #il& industry 9oo-in% at [ ] Vidya Balan [ ] it appears+ t"at c"an%e could 'ell ori%inate #ro& t"e leadin% lady instead ?[118] India 7oday #eatured "er in t"eir listin% o# t"e ?4. /o'er Ho&en? and noted t"at ?s"e "as toppled t"e all do&inatin% "ero+ reducin% "i& to a supportin% role in a &ale do&inated #il& industry? [119] Vidya occupied t"e top slot in :edi## co&0s annual listin% o# ?Bolly'ood0s Best *ctress? #or t'o consecuti,e years (4515B11) [115][145] !"e also #eatured in t"e list #or t"e years 455.+ 4558+ 4559+ and 4514 [141][144][146][14C] In 4515+ s"e #eatured in )il&#are0s listin% o# t"e ?Ho&en 'e lo,e? [14.] In 4514+ t"e &a%aFine Ver,e listed "er as one o# India0s ?Moun% /o'er Ho&en? and 'rote+ ?In a reel 'orld peopled by siFe Fero<toned bodies and pretty<as<a<picture "eroines+ Vidya co&es across as co&pletely real and natural B a 'o&an '"o "as #ollo'ed "er o'n instincts and

dared to li,e "er destiny by bein% "er o'n person and not &orp"in% "ersel# to #it into any con,entional slot ?[1] )il&o%rap"y[edit] !ee alsoJ 9ist o# a'ards and no&inations recei,ed by Vidya Balan )il&s[edit] Mear 7itle :ole (otes 4556 B"alo 7"e-o *nandi Ben%ali #il& 455. /arineeta 9alita )il&#are *'ard #or Best )e&ale >ebut (o&inatedL)il&#are *'ard #or Best *ctress 4558 9a%e :a"o 2unna B"ai J"an,i 4557 Euru 2eena-s"i ?2eenu? !aDena 4557 !alaa&<A<Is"3 7e"Feeb :aina 4557 A-la,yaJ 7"e :oyal Euard :ajes"'ari 4557 $eyy Babyy Is"a !a"ni 4557 B"ool B"ulaiyaa *,ani @"atur,edi N 2anjuli-a (o&inatedL)il&#are *'ard #or Best *ctress 4557 =& !"anti =& $ersel# @a&eo appearance in son% ?>ee'an%i >ee'an%i? 4558 $alla Bol !ne"a 4558 ;is&at ;onnection /riya 4559 /aa Vidya )il&#are *'ard #or Best *ctress 4515 Is"3iya ;ris"na Ver&a )il&#are @ritics *'ard #or Best *ctress (o&inatedL)il&#are *'ard #or Best *ctress 4511 (o =ne ;illed Jessica !abrina 9al (o&inatedL)il&#are *'ard #or Best *ctress 4511 1ru&i B"u&i N 2a--o& 2alayala& #il& Euest appearance 4511 7"an- Mou ;is"an0s 'i#e !pecial appearance 4511 >u& 2aaro >u& 2rs ;a&at" !pecial appearance 4511 7"e >irty /icture !il- N :es"&a (ational )il& *'ard #or Best *ctress )il&#are *'ard #or Best *ctress 4514 ;a"aani Vidya Ba%c"i )il&#are *'ard #or Best *ctress 4514 )errari ;i !a'aari 1n-no'n !pecial appearance in son% ?2ala Jau >e? 4516 Bo&bay 7al-ies $ersel# @a&eo appearance in son% ?*pna Bo&bay 7al-ies? 4516 E"anc"a--ar (eetu *t"ray 4516 =nce 1pon *y 7i&e in 2u&bai >obaaraO 1n-no'n @a&eo appearance in son% ?7ayyab *li? 4516 2a"ab"arat >raupadi (,oice) 451C !"aadi ;e !ide A##ects 7ris"a /ost<production 451C Bobby Jasoos Bobby )il&in% 451C $a&ari *d"uri ;a"aani 7B* /re<production

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