Actress Vidya Balan turns 36

Mumbai, Jan 1 : Bollywood actress Vidya Balan, who often enjoys the status of being the 'hero' of her films, turned 36 years on Wednesday.

Vidya aspired to a career in films from a young age and had her first acting role in the 1995 popular sitcom 'Hum Paanch'.

The actress, who marked her presence at the very onset of her career in films with 'Parineeta', has bagged one National award, five Filmfare awards and five Screen awards.

She has been acclaimed for her acting skills as well as for her capacity to break stereotypes, which Vidya has proven time and again in films such as 'Lage Raho Munna Bhai', 'Paa', 'Ishqiya', 'No One Killed Jessica', 'The Dirty Picture', and 'Kahaani'.

She has also acted in comedy genres such as 'Heyy Babyy' (2007), Kismat Konnection (2008) and 'Ghanchakkar'.

Vidya is also a social activist and supports the cause of empowerment of women that eventually gets portrayed on-screen, where she has managed to carve a niche in a territory dominated by male actors.

The actress has a long list of upcoming films including: 'Shaadi Ke Side Effects', 'Bobby Jasoos', 'Badla', 'Chenab Gandhi' and 'Chand Bhai' among others.

--IBNS (Posted on 01-01-2014)

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