Vidya Balan is regarded as one of the most talented and versatile Bollywood actress in today’s generation. She is appreciated for her extraordinary performances and ability to enact the toughest of characters with extreme ease and comfort. She is regarded as the women of substance, who are not easy to find in the industry.
Net Worth: $ 15 million
Income Sources: Vidya started her career with television shows and music videos, but today is regarded as one of the highest paid actresses in the Indian film industry today. She has also done a large number of commercials and brand endorsements.
Born: 1st January, 1978 (37 years old)
Marital Status: Married to film producer Siddharth Roy Kapoor since 2012.
Height/Weight: 5 feet 4 inches, 60 kg
Vidya Balan was born in Ottaplam in Kerala, though she was raised in Mumbai. She did her schooling from St Anthony’s Girls School and was interested in acting right from her school days. She later joined the prestigious St Xavier’s College in Mumbai for pursuing a Bachelors degree in Sociology and later received her Master’s Degree from the University of Mumbai. Besides her successful acting career, Vidya is also known for supporting humanitarian causes such as that of women’s empowerment, which she also does through the movies she picks up. She is happily married to film producer Siddharth Roy Kapoor and continues to work in the industry even after marriage, due to the constant support of her husband. She is considered as one of those actresses who look glamorous in Indian outfits and have a class of their own.
Vidya Balan started her career in the entertainment industry when she was only 16 years of case. This was when she was chosen by Balaji Telefilms to play a role in their comedy series, “Hum Paanch”. However, she took a break from acting after the end of the serial so that she could complete her education. Later, when she came back, getting work was not easy for her and she had to settle for music videos and TV commercials. She worked in a drama called “Bhalo Theko”, for which she was awarded the Anandalok Purashkar, for her portrayal of the character of Anandi. Her first break in Bollywood came in 2005 with the blockbuster hit “Lage Raho Munna Bhai”, which served as an excellent platform for her. She delivered brilliant performances in movies like “Parineeta”, “The Dirty Picture”, “No One Killed Jessica”, “Paa”, “Ishqiya” and “Kahaani”. She has proved that it is possible for a woman alone to carry a film on her shoulders. Vidya has been honored with several awards and accolades during her career, which include the prestigious National Award, five Screen Awards and five Filmfare Awards in all.
Home and Cars
After her phenomenal success in Bollywood, Vidya bought a plush four bedroom bungalow in the posh locality of Khar in Mumbai. Later, after getting married, she moved in with her husband at his luxurious Juhu home. She travels around in the high end E Class model of Mercedes Benz, which her father gifted her on the success of her movie “Paa”.