Vidya Balan is an actress in India. Known for pioneering reform in the representation of women in Hindi cinema, she has received many awards, including the National Film Award and six Filmfare Awards. She was awarded the Padma Shri by the Government of India in 2014.
Vidya had a career in film from a young age and had her first acting appearance in the 1995 sitcom Hum Paanch. She studied sociology at the University of Mumbai and at the same time made several unsuccessful attempts to start a career in film. Subsequently, she appeared in tv advertisements and music videos. In 2003 she made her feature film debut with the independent Bengali drama Bhalo Theko. Subsequently, Vidya won acclaim for her first Hindi film, the drama Parineeta, and followed her with a leading role in the top-gross comedy film Lage Raho Munna Bhai (2006).
This breakthrough was followed by roles in the romantic comedies Heyy Babyy (2007) and Kismat Konnection (2008) with mixed reviews
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Vidya continued to play five consecutive critically acclaimed roles in Paa's 2009 film, Ishqiya's 2010 black comedy, No One Killed Jessica's 2011 semi-biographical thriller, The Dirty Picture's 2011 biopic, and Kahaani's 2012 thriller, winning numerous awards for each of them. She followed this with a series of films that did not perform well in the box office, while her performance in Kahaani 2: Durga Rani Singh (2016) was praised.It changed when she stared as a radio jockey in Tumhari Sulu (2017) and a scientist in Project Mangal (2019). The latter ranks as its highest-profile debut.
Vidya also supports charitable causes and encourages the empowerment of women. She is a member of the Indian Central Film Certification Board and hosts a radio show. She initially attracted criticism for her fluctuating weight and style of dress, but was later praised in the media for her unorthodox character. Vidya is married to Siddharth Roy Kapur, a film director.
Amoli [30 May 2018]
Amoli: Priceless is a 2018 documentary film on commercial sexual exploitation of children. The film is directed by National Award winning directors Jasmine Kaur Roy and Avinash Roy and produced by Culture Machine. The music was scored by Tajdar Junaid. The film was released on May 2018.
Begum Jaan [14 April 2017 (India)]
Begum Jaan runs a brothel in villages along the Radcliffe Line. However, she desperately strives to save her declining business amidst the changing political scenario during the Partition of India.
Bhalo Theko [2003 (India)]
Anandi lives in an extended family along with her parents, siblings and uncle and is in love with Babua, her brother's friend. However, things change drastically in her life when Babua goes abroad.
Bhool Bhulaiyaa 
Bobby Jasoos [4 July 2014 (India)]
A rich man asks Bobby, a private detective, to find two girls and a boy in return for a huge sum. Although she accomplishes the assigned tasks, she struggles to understand the motive behind them.
Bombay Talkies [3 May 2013 (India)]
An anthology of four short stories that describe how films have an influence on the lives of people from various strata of society.
Dum Maaro Dum [22 April 2011 (India)]
ACP Vishnu is sent on a mission to investigate and clean the underbelly of Goa. During his investigation, he uncovers a huge racket and discovers the involvement of various politicians.
Eklavya: The Royal Guard 
Ferrari Ki Sawaari [15 June 2012 (India)]
A father steals a Ferrari to fulfil his son's dream of playing at Lord's Cricket Ground. Later, he finds out that the car he stole belongs to Sachin Tendulkar.
Ghanchakkar [28 June 2013 (India)]
Three friends rob a bank and decide to keep the money with Sanju. But soon, Sanju loses his memory and cannot remember where he has kept the cash, causing chaos.
Guru [22 January 2016 (India)]
Guru, a fraudster, becomes a witness to a murder, which is a part of a larger conspiracy. When his family and loved ones are threatened, he fights to protect them at all costs.
Halla Bol [11 January 2008 (India)]
Ashfaque, a small town boy, quickly climbs the ladder of success and becomes a Bollywood superstar. However, his life changes drastically when he becomes the prime witness for a murder.
Heyy Babyy [24 August 2007 (India)]
Three compulsive womanisers find a baby left at their doorstep. However, chaos ensues as they try to contact their ex-lovers to determine who the father could be.
Ishqiya [29 January 2010 (India)]
Khalujan and Babban, two rogues, fall in love with Krishna, their friend's widow. However, Krishna manipulates them into carrying out her bidding for her selfish gain.
Kahaani [9 March 2012 (India)]
Vidya Bagchi, a pregnant woman, travels to Kolkata from London to search for her missing husband. When all clues lead to a dead end, she realises that there is more than what meets the eye.
Kismat Konnection [18 July 2008 (India)]
Raj, an out-of-luck architect, and Priya, an out-of-love social activist, find themselves connected in a strange way by destiny.
Lage Raho Munna Bhai [1 September 2006 (India)]
A gangster hopelessly falls in love with a radio jockey but lies to her about being a true Gandhian. Although he ends up hurting her, he also undergoes a change and genuinely begins helping people.
Mission Mangal [15 August 2019 (Germany)]
A group of scientists at ISRO battle in their personal and professional lives and work tirelessly towards their only motive, the Mars Orbiter Mission.
No One Killed Jessica 
Om Shanti Om [9 November 2007 (India)]
Om, a junior film artist, is smitten by Shantipriya, a renowned actress, but is killed while trying to save her from a fire accident. Thirty years later, he is reborn and sets out to avenge her death.
Once Upon ay Time in Mumbai Dobaara! [15 August 2013 (India)]
After killing his mentor and taking over the mafia, Shoaib befriends Aslam, who becomes his protege. But they fall in love with the same woman, Jasmine, complicating their relationship.
Parineeta [10 June 2005 (India)]
Childhood sweethearts Lalita and Shekhar wish to get married someday. However, Shekhar's growing suspicions about Lalita coupled with his conniving father's antics threaten to tear them apart.
Run [14 May 2004 (India)]
Jhanvi and Siddharth are head over heels in love with each other. But Ganpat, her brother who is a gangster, disapproves of their relationship and plots to kill Siddharth.
Shaadi Ke Side Effects [28 February 2014 (India)]
Siddharth and Trisha lead a happy married life until Trisha gets pregnant and they find themselves struggling with the challenges of parenthood even after the arrival of their baby.
Shakuntala Devi [31 July 2020]
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Te3n [10 June 2016 (India)]
John Biswas, a 70-year-old man, seeks help from a priest and a police officer in his quest to find the people who kidnapped and killed his granddaughter.
Thank You [8 April 2011 (India)]
Three womanisers, who are married, cheat on their wives. In order to catch them red-handed, their sceptic wives enlist a detective who specialises in investigating extramarital relationships.
Where Is Vidya Balan [26 June 2015]
Kiran, a pizza delivery boy, and Swathi, a doctor, fall in love with each other. The lovers get embroiled in a chaotic situation when a politician, a doctor and a gangster hunt for Vidya Balan.
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