Rimi Sen is an Indian actress and film producer who has appeared in Bollywood and Bengali films. Sen first debut as child actress in the Bengali film Damu. Sen made her debut Lead Actress in the Telugu movie Nee Thodu Kavali. In 2003, she made her Hindi acting debut in the hit comedy Hungama for which she was nominated at Filmfare Awards for Best Female Debut. Subsequently, she appeared in several successful films including Baghban, Garam Masala, Kyon Ki, Phir Hera Pheri and Golmaal: Fun Unlimited, she participated in the reality show Bigg Boss in 2015. Sen was born as Subhamitra Sen in West Bengal, she completed her schooling from Bidya Bharati Girls' High School in 1998. She completed her graduation in Commerce from University of Calcutta. Since childhood, Sen dreamt of becoming an actress, she lived at New Alipore, Kolkata with her mother. She did her schooling from Vidya Bharati New Alipore near Mint. After completing her studies, she persuaded her mother to accompany her to Mumbai, she said that she wasn't encouraged by anyone in her family except by her grandfather.
After doing the rounds, she got into ads including one Coca-Cola ad with Aamir Khan. She was noticed, her first offers for films started rolling in. Sen made her debut as a lead actress in the Telugu movie Nee Thodu Kavali, her debut Hindi film, Vijay Galani's Hungama was released in 2003. It was a comedy film, in which she co-starred with Akshaye Khanna, Aftab Shivdasani and Paresh Rawal, she followed it with appearances in big budget movies such as Dhoom, Kyon Ki, Garam Masala and Golmaal. Sen did a cameo in the 2006 film Dhoom 2, she followed it with Johnny Gaddaar, alongside newcomer actor Neil Nitin Mukesh. In 2008, she appeared in 2009, Sankat City and Horn Ok Pleasse. All three of these films were box office disasters. After these films, her career declined, she further appeared in the films Thank you and Shagird in 2011 and both the films were box office failures. In 2015, she participated in the reality show Bigg Boss. Sen has produced Budhia Singh - Born to Run, she changed Rimi, to her real name, Subhamitra Sen for her production venture.
Sen was a celebrity contestant in the ninth season of the Indian version of the reality TV show Big Brother, Bigg Boss. It aired in October 2015. Sen entered the house with Suyyash Rai as her partner for the show, she was evicted after staying in the house for 7.5 weeks. Rimi Sen joined BJP in January 2017. Rimi Sen on IMDb
Chokher Bali (film)
Chokher Bali is a Bengali language drama film based on the novel Chokher Bali by Rabindranath Tagore. It was directed by Rituparno Ghosh in 2003 and stars Aishwarya Rai as Binodini and Raima Sen as Ashalata. Ashalata and Binodini refer to each other as Chokher Bali; the other major characters are played by Prosenjit Chatterjee as Mahendra, Lily Chakravarty as Rajlakshmi, the mother of Mahendra, Tota Roy Chowdhury as Behari, Rajlakshmi's adopted son and Swastika Mukherjee in a cameo role. The film was dubbed into Hindi and was released internationally in that language. Upon release, Chokher Bali met with positive critical and box office reception. Chokher Bali won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Bengali and was nominated for the Golden Leopard award at the Locarno International Film Festival in 2003; the film screened at the 34th International Film Festival of India on 19 October. It was the Official Selection at the Chicago International Film Festival in 2003 and was showcased in over 25 international festivals including the Toronto International Film Festival, London Film Festival, Palm Springs, Karlovy Vary and Washington DC International Film Festival besides winning the Apsara Film Producers' Award for the Best Regional Film 2004.
Aishwarya Rai had won the Best Actress award at the Anandalok Awards 2003. Binodini is a young girl, left to her own devices when her sickly husband dies soon after their marriage, she returns to her village and lives there for a couple of months until she sees one of her aunts passing by. Binodini hails the woman and her two sons agree that it would be best if Binodini came to live with the woman and her son, Mahendra, but that son, was one of the first to see Binodini's photo when she was proposed as a prospective wife for him, yet refused her on account of his being "unready for marriage." When Binodini arrives with her aunt and his new bride are sneaking off to be alone together. This infatuation does not last long and Mahendra soon begins to see that Binodini is more his type. Mahendra and Binodini, start an affair, this is soon revealed to Ashalata, unaware of her pregnancy, leaves for Kashi. Binodini, after realizing, leaves Mahendra's house, she pleads with Behari to marry her. Binodini leaves the town for her village.
She writes a letter to Behari. As she is leaving for Kashi, Mahendra comes to mend their relations. Instead she makes. At Kashi, Binodini meets Behari. On the day of marriage Binodini vanishes; the story details the lives of these three and Mahendra's best friend as they deal with issues such as distrust, adultery and falling-out. The film's background score is by Debojyoti Mishra and, notably, it contains no playback singing. Sreela Majumdar dubbed for Aishwarya Rai and Sudipta Chakraborty dubbed for Raima Sen. In olden days in Bengal and girls who were best friends would set a common nickname for themselves and address each other by that name. In this story, two friends Binodini and Ashalata call each other'Chokher Bali.' Aishwarya Rai as Binodini Prosenjit Chatterjee as Mahendra Raima Sen as Ashalata Lily Chakravarty as Rajlakshmi, Mahendra's mother Tota Roy Chowdhury as Behari Mousumi Saha Tina Dutta Aishwarya has given one of her finest performances and one of the best in cinema. Ekanshu Khera of Planet Bollywood gave the film an 8/10.
He found the cinematography to be beautiful and was pleased that the singing was not lip synched. However, he said that the "dubbing leaves much to be desired" and would have preferred a different director dub it in Hindi, he noted that the film appeals "to a niche audience due to its periodic settings and ideologies." Margaret Pomeranz of ABC Australia gave it 3 out of 5 stars, saying that "the insight it gives into Indian culture and customs, is interesting and that tends to overcome the slight impatience with the overload of emotions." David Stratton of ABC, gave the film 3.5 out of 5 stars, commenting on how the film version was edited 40 minutes shorter but that it was beautifully acted and fascinating. The film was declared a hit at the box office. Choker Bali: A Passion Play Sand in the Eye Binodini Chokher Bali on IMDb citwf.com page
Vadodara is the third-largest city in the Indian state of Gujarat, after Ahmedabad and Surat. It is the administrative headquarters of Vadodara District and is located on the banks of the Vishwamitri river, 141 kilometres from the state capital Gandhinagar; the railway line and NH 8 that connect Mumbai pass through Vadodara. It is known as a Sanskari nagari of India; as of 2011, Vadodara had a population of 2.065 million people. The city is known for the Lakshmi Vilas Palace, the residence of Baroda State's Maratha royal family, the Gaekwads, it is the home of the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, the largest university in Gujarat. An important industrial and educational hub of western India, the city houses several institutions of national and regional importance while its major industries include petrochemicals, chemicals, plastics, IT and foreign exchange services; the first recorded history of the city is that of the early trader settlers who settled in the region in 812 AD. The province was Hindu-dominated with Hindu kings ruling until 1297.
The Gupta Empire was the first power in the region in the early years of the CE. The region was taken over by the Chaulukya dynasty. By this time Muslim rule had spread across India, the reins of power were snatched by the Delhi Sultans; the city was ruled for a long time by these Sultans. The city used to be called Chandanavati after its ruler Raja Chandan of the Dor tribe of Rajputs; the capital was known as Virakshetra or Viravati. On, it was known as Vadpatraka or Vadodará, which according to tradition is a corrupt form of the Sanskrit word vatodar meaning in the belly of the Banyan tree, it is now impossible to ascertain when the various changes in the name were made. In 1974, the official name of the city was changed to Vadodara. In 1907, a small village and township in Michigan, United States, were named after Baroda, it is believed that early man lived on the banks of the Mahi River, which formed the floodplain during that age. The movements of these hunter-gatherers, living on the banks of the river, grubbing the roots and killing animals with crude stone tools made out of the cobbles and pebbles available on the river bank, were controlled by the availability of convenient raw materials for their tools.
There is evidence of the existence of early man in the Mahi River valley at a number of sites within 10 to 20 kilometres to the north-east of Vadodara. However, no evidence of the existence of these people is found around present-day Vadodara; this may be because of the absence of cobbles on the banks of the Vishwamitri rivulet. Baroda State was a former Indian State. Vadodara's more recent history began when the Maratha general Pilaji Gaekwad conquered Songadh from the Mughals in 1726. Before the Gaekwads captured Baroda, it was ruled by the Babi Nawabs, who were the officers of the Mughal rulers. Most notably, from 1705–1716, Sardar Senapati Khanderao Dabhade led the Maratha Empire forces in Baroda. Except for a short period, Baroda continued to be in the reign of the Gaekwads from 1734 to 1948. Detailed to collect revenue on behalf of the Peshwa in Gujarat, Pilaji Gaekwad remained there to carve out a kingdom for himself. Damajirao, son and successor of Pilaji Gaekwad, defeated the Mughal armies and conquered Baroda in 1734.
His successors consolidated their power over large tracts of Gujarat, becoming the most powerful rulers in the region. After the Maratha defeat in the Third Battle of Panipat in 1761, control of the empire by the Peshwas weakened as it became a loose confederacy, the Gaekwad Maharajas ruled the kingdom until it acceded to Independent Republic of India in 1949. In 1802, the British intervened to defend a Maharaja that had inherited the throne from rival claimants, Vadodara concluded a subsidiary alliance with the British that recognised the Kingdom as a Princely state and allowed the Maharajas of Baroda internal political sovereignty in return for recognising British'Paramountcy', a form of suzerainty in which the control of the state's foreign affairs was surrendered; the golden period in the Maratha rule of Vadodara started with the accession of Maharaja Sayajirao III in 1875. Near Maharaja Sayaji Gaekwad University there is a well known garden, built by Maharaja Sayaji Rao Gaekwad himself in 1879 A.
D. This garden is known as Sayaji Baug known for visitors centre; this place is situated on river Vishwamitri. Vadodara is located at 22.30°N 73.19°E / 22.30. It is the 18th-largest city in India with an area of 235 square kilometres and a population of 2.1 million, according to the 2010–11 census. The city sits in central Gujarat; the Vishwamitri dries up in the summer, leaving only a small stream of water. The city is located on the fertile plain between the Narmada Rivers. According to the Bureau of Indian Standards, the cosmopolis falls under seismic zone-III, in a scale of I to V. Despite the 800 mm of precipitation that the city receives annually, Vadodara features a semi-arid climate under Köppen's Climate classification due to the area's high potential evapotranspiration. There are three main seasons: Summer and Winter. Aside from the monsoon season, the climate is dry; the weather is hot during March to July, when the average ma
William Shakespeare was an English poet and actor regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's greatest dramatist. He is called England's national poet and the "Bard of Avon", his extant works, including collaborations, consist of 39 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, a few other verses, some of uncertain authorship. His plays have been translated into every major living language and are performed more than those of any other playwright. Shakespeare was raised in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire. At the age of 18, he married Anne Hathaway, with whom he had three children: Susanna and twins Hamnet and Judith. Sometime between 1585 and 1592, he began a successful career in London as an actor and part-owner of a playing company called the Lord Chamberlain's Men known as the King's Men. At age 49, he appears to have retired to Stratford. Few records of Shakespeare's private life survive; such theories are criticised for failing to adequately note that few records survive of most commoners of the period.
Shakespeare produced most of his known works between 1589 and 1613. His early plays were comedies and histories and are regarded as some of the best work produced in these genres; until about 1608, he wrote tragedies, among them Hamlet, King Lear, Macbeth, all considered to be among the finest works in the English language. In the last phase of his life, he collaborated with other playwrights. Many of Shakespeare's plays were published in editions of varying quality and accuracy in his lifetime. However, in 1623, two fellow actors and friends of Shakespeare's, John Heminges and Henry Condell, published a more definitive text known as the First Folio, a posthumous collected edition of Shakespeare's dramatic works that included all but two of his plays; the volume was prefaced with a poem by Ben Jonson, in which Jonson presciently hails Shakespeare in a now-famous quote as "not of an age, but for all time". Throughout the 20th and 21st centuries, Shakespeare's works have been continually adapted and rediscovered by new movements in scholarship and performance.
His plays remain popular and are studied and reinterpreted through various cultural and political contexts around the world. William Shakespeare was the son of John Shakespeare, an alderman and a successful glover from Snitterfield, Mary Arden, the daughter of an affluent landowning farmer, he was born in Stratford-upon-Avon and baptised there on 26 April 1564. His actual date of birth remains unknown, but is traditionally observed on 23 April, Saint George's Day; this date, which can be traced to a mistake made by an 18th-century scholar, has proved appealing to biographers because Shakespeare died on the same date in 1616. He was the third of eight children, the eldest surviving son. Although no attendance records for the period survive, most biographers agree that Shakespeare was educated at the King's New School in Stratford, a free school chartered in 1553, about a quarter-mile from his home. Grammar schools varied in quality during the Elizabethan era, but grammar school curricula were similar: the basic Latin text was standardised by royal decree, the school would have provided an intensive education in grammar based upon Latin classical authors.
At the age of 18, Shakespeare married 26-year-old Anne Hathaway. The consistory court of the Diocese of Worcester issued a marriage licence on 27 November 1582; the next day, two of Hathaway's neighbours posted bonds guaranteeing that no lawful claims impeded the marriage. The ceremony may have been arranged in some haste since the Worcester chancellor allowed the marriage banns to be read once instead of the usual three times, six months after the marriage Anne gave birth to a daughter, baptised 26 May 1583. Twins, son Hamnet and daughter Judith, followed two years and were baptised 2 February 1585. Hamnet died of unknown causes at the age of 11 and was buried 11 August 1596. After the birth of the twins, Shakespeare left few historical traces until he is mentioned as part of the London theatre scene in 1592; the exception is the appearance of his name in the "complaints bill" of a law case before the Queen's Bench court at Westminster dated Michaelmas Term 1588 and 9 October 1589. Scholars refer to the years between 1585 and 1592 as Shakespeare's "lost years".
Biographers attempting to account for this period have reported many apocryphal stories. Nicholas Rowe, Shakespeare's first biographer, recounted a Stratford legend that Shakespeare fled the town for London to escape prosecution for deer poaching in the estate of local squire Thomas Lucy. Shakespeare is supposed to have taken his revenge on Lucy by writing a scurrilous ballad about him. Another 18th-century story has Shakespeare starting his theatrical career minding the horses of theatre patrons in London. John Aubrey reported; some 20th-century scholars have suggested that Shakespeare may have been employed as a schoolmaster by Alexander Hoghton of Lancashire, a Catholic landowner who named a certain "William Shakeshafte" in his will. Little evidence substantiates such stories other than hearsay collected after his death, Shakeshafte was a common name in the Lancashire area, it is not known definitively when Shakespeare began writing, but contemporary allusions and records of performances show that several of
Ashoke Kumar Sen
Ashoke Kumar Sen was an Indian barrister, a former Cabinet minister of India, an Indian parliamentarian. He holds the record for winning a Lok Sabha seat the most times and the record for being not only an MP for the most years, but a cabinet minister – serving more than 7 prime ministers. For decades, he was the inevitable Union Law Minister. Ashoke Kumar Sen was born in 1913 in a well-known Baidya-Brahmin family, his father was a district magistrate. Both Ashoke Kumar Sen and Sukumar Sen were student of Sambalpur High School, Odisha wherein Late Mr. Suryamani Jena of village Kusupur was the Principal, his elder brother, Sukumar Sen ICS, who went on to become India and Nepal's first Chief Election Commissioner, funded his education in England, at the London School of Economics. Ashoke Sen went on to study for the Bar at Gray's Inn. Upon his return, he started teaching law at the City College, Kolkata a constituent college of the University of Calcutta He began practising in the Calcutta High Court.
At the age of 26, he had written a book about Commercial Law, endorsed by Mr. Sen's senior Sudhi Ranjan Das, the future Chief Justice of India; some years in February 1943, Ashoke Kumar Sen married Anjana Das, his senior's only daughter. They had two daughters. Within five years of practice, Sen became regarded as one of the top lawyers in the Calcutta High Court and gained wide acclaim, he published many books and articles, was the Editor of Calcutta Law Journal. Sen was a Senior Advocate of the Supreme Court, President of the Supreme Court Bar Association several times; because of his legal acumen, Bidhan Chandra Roy, Chief Minister of West Bengal, recommended him to the Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru. Nehru wanted Sen in his cabinet, asked him to contest elections for the Lok Sabha. In 1957, the Calcutta North West seat for the Lok Sabha was a communist stronghold. Sen fell short by only a few votes. However, in the following year, he won by over 100,000 votes, he retained that seat from 1957 to 1977, again held the Calcutta North West seat from 1980 to 1989, being defeated in 1989 by Debi Prosad Pal.
Sen was a Member of the Second, Fourth and Eighth Lok Sabhas. He was made a Rajya Sabha member and remained in the Upper House until April 1996, a few months before his death. Ashoke Sen became the Union Law Minister under Nehru, it is this post. He was Union Minister of Law, but he held other portfolios such as Communications and Mines. Over the next years, Sen was India's representative to the United Nations. According to Deve Gowda, Sen led the Indian delegations to the United Nations Conference on Law, the United Nations Conference on Human Rights and several other conferences, he was Law Minister lastly under Rajiv Gandhi and resigned in 1989 after his party's debacle in state elections in his home state West Bengal. During his lifetime, Sen started the Paschim Banga Seva Samiti – a charitable organisation, he served as the president of the Indian Football Association. During his lifetime, Mr Sen amassed a large law library with many rare collections; this library is considered to be among the largest private law libraries in the world.
There is a block in the Supreme Court named after him. A portrait of him hangs there. Several documentary films have been produced on Sen. Ashoke Kumar Sen was survived by his widow, by his four children, seven grandchildren. Besides his brother Sukumar Sen, Ashoke Kumar Sen had another brother Amiya Kumar Sen, an associate of Rabindranath Tagore. Amiya, author of a book about the Tagore family newspaper, was a lecturer at Calcutta University and Principal of the City College, Kolkata. Mr Sen is uncle to Nobel Laureate Economist Amartya Sen. Profile from India's Rajya Sabha website " The biggest gamble in history" The Hindu 27 January 2002, magazine section. Reprinted as "Democracys biggest gamble: Indias first free elections in 1952.." World Policy Journal 22 March 2002
Riya Sen is an Indian film actress and model. Riya, who comes from a family of actors including her grandmother Suchitra Sen, mother Moon Moon Sen and sister Raima Sen, began her acting career in 1991 as a child actress in the film Vishkanya, her first commercial success in her film career was with Style, a 2001 Hindi low-budget comedy directed by N. Chandra; some of her other notable films include producer Pritish Nandy's musical film, Jhankaar Beats in Hinglish, Shaadi No. 1 and Malayalam horror film Ananthabhadram. Riya was first recognised as a model when she performed in Falguni Pathak's music video Yaad Piya Ki Aane Lagi at the age of sixteen in 1998. Since she has appeared in music videos, television commercials, fashion shows, on magazine covers. Riya has worked as an activist and appeared in an AIDS awareness music video with the aim of dispelling popular myths about the disease, she helped raise funds for pediatric eye-care. Riya first appeared as a child artist in the film Vishkanya in 1991, where she played the role of the young Pooja Bedi.
At the age of 19, she did National Film Awards winning director Bharathiraja's Tamil film, Taj Mahal, which did not achieve commercial success. She was scheduled to make her Bollywood film debut in Love You Hamesha, opposite actor Akshaye Khanna; this low-budget comedy was the first commercial success in over a decade for the director. A launch pad for Riya, cast in the female lead along with fellow-newcomers, Sharman Joshi, Sahil Khan and Shilpi Mudgal, the film pioneered a trend of commercial success for small budget films in India. Riya and the second female lead of the film were replaced by aspirant actresses Sonali Joshi and Jaya Seal in Xcuse Me', her next success was Jhankaar Beats, comedy revolving around the music of legendary composer R D Burman, which saw her playing a small and glamorous role alongside Shayan Munshi, Juhi Chawla, Rahul Bose, Rinke Khanna and Sanjay Suri. Produced by Pritish Nandy, publishing director of The Times of India, the film was made on a budget of Rs. 25 million, marking the sixth in a row of small to medium budget films made by Pritish Nandy Communications.
Despite being part of a wave of offbeat films that failed to make an impact at the box office, it drew public attention upon its release, which led to a commercial success among a restricted audience targeted by a selective release in twenty cities. It was one of the first films made in a mixture of Hindi and English. In 2005, she starred in Shaadi No. 1, which had no female lead. This comedy, based on the theme of modern marriage, was directed by David Dhawan, a renowned film director from this genre. Although films like Style and Jhankar Beats succeeded commercially, most of her films have generated less revenue. A number of them remained unfinished. While many of her appearances have been item numbers and cameos, few of her leading roles have been in low-budget films. Though she had small roles in Dil Vil Pyar Vyar and Plan, attention was drawn to her item numbers in all three the one in Qayamat that featured her in a bubble-bath. Besides this, she performed another item number in James on director-producer Ram Gopal Varma's behest, who has a history of casting aspirant actress-models like Sameera Reddy, Isha Koppikar and Koena Mitra in similar roles.
Furthermore, she took part in a dance number for Sajid Khan's Heyy Babyy that featured several mainstream Bollywood actresses. Riya has, in addition to Hindi films, appeared in Bengali, Telugu and English films, her film career began in the earnest with Tamil films such as Bharathi Raja's Taj Mahal, co-starring Manjoj Bharatiraja in the male lead, Manoj Bhatnaghar's Good Luck, opposite Prasanth. Both of the films failed commercially, she had a brief reappearance in Tamil cinema only to perform in a dance number for N. Maharajan's Arasatchi, her first English language movie was It Was Raining That Night, a remake of the Bengali film Hei Brishtir Raat, scripted by Sudeshna Roy and directed by Mahesh Manjrekar. In the film, she collaborated with mother Moon Moon Sen. Riya was slated to appear in Anjan Dutt's Bengali-English bilingual film The Bong Connection with her sister, but she was dropped from the project and replaced by Peeya Rai Chaudhary; the two sisters were cast together in director Ajai Sinha's The Bachelor, a Bengali film that, as of 2008, is yet to be finished.
Her most successful non-Hindi film has been director Santhosh Sivan's Ananthabhadram. The first Malayalam venture for both Riya and Sivan, was both a commercial success, it won five Kerala State Film Awards and surfaced as one of the biggest Malayalam successes that year. She played the role of Bhama in the film, a village girl, lured by Digambaran, the evil magician portrayed by Manoj K. Jayan. In a song-and-dance sequence showing Digambaran turning Bhama into a medium for demonic rituals, the choreographer Aparna Sindoor made abundant use Kathakali movements; the use of Kathakali has been a high point in the resurgence of the classical dance form in other major Indian films as well, including Shaji Karun's Vanaprastham and Adoor Gopalakrishnan's Kalamandalam Ramankutty Nair. She made her Telugu Debut with Nenu Meeku Telusa...?, in which she was paired opposite Manoj Manchu. In 2012 Sen won the Star Guide Award as best actress for her performance in Noukadubi. Riya became a popular model when she appeared in numerous music videos for songs by popular singers, including Falguni Pathak's Yaad Piya Ki Aane Lagi, Asha Bhosle's Jhumka Gira Re, Jag
Vidya Balan is an Indian actress. Known for pioneering a change in the concept of a Hindi film heroine with her portrayals of strong-willed women, she is the recipient of several awards, including a National Film Award, six Filmfare Awards, six Screen Awards, she was awarded the Padma Shri by the Government of India in 2014. 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 made several unsuccessful attempts to start a career in film. She subsequently featured in television commercials and music videos. In 2003 she 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, followed it with a leading role in the top-grossing comedy film Lage Raho Munna Bhai; this breakthrough was followed by roles in the romantic comedies Heyy Babyy and Kismat Konnection which had negative reviews.
Vidya went on to establish herself as a leading actress of Hindi cinema by playing five consecutive roles to wide critical acclaim in the 2009 drama Paa, the 2010 black comedy Ishqiya, the 2011 semi-biographical thriller No One Killed Jessica, the 2011 biopic The Dirty Picture, the 2012 thriller Kahaani. She followed this with a series of films that performed poorly at the box office, although her performance in Kahaani 2: Durga Rani Singh was praised; this changed in 2017. In addition to acting in films, Vidya promotes humanitarian causes and supports the empowerment of women, she drew criticism for her fluctuating weight and "questionable" dress sense, but was credited in the media for "not morphing herself to fit into any conventional slot". She became a member of the Indian Central Board of Film Certification in 2017. Vidya is married to the film producer Siddharth Roy Kapur. Vidya Balan was born on 1 January 1979 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 at home. Her elder sister, Priya Balan, works in advertising; the actress Priyamani is her second cousin. Vidya grew up in the suburban neighbourhood of Chembur and attended St. Anthony Girls' High School. From a young age, she aspired to a career in film and was inspired by the work of actors Shabana Azmi and Madhuri Dixit. At the age of 16, she starred in the first season of Ekta Kapoor's sitcom Hum Paanch as Radhika, a bespectacled teenager. After the series ended, Vidya refused director Anurag Basu's offer to star in a television soap opera, as she wanted to concentrate on a film career, her parents encouraged her to complete her education first. She attended St. Xavier's College to pursue a bachelor's degree in sociology and earned a master's degree from the University of Mumbai. While pursuing her master's degree, Vidya was cast as the female lead in the Malayalam film Chakram, opposite Mohanlal and was subsequently signed on for 12 other Malayalam language films.
However, due to production difficulties, Chakram was shelved. The postponement of a film starring Mohanlal was an unheard occurrence in Malayalam cinema and producers blamed Vidya for bringing "bad luck" to the project, she shifted focus to Tamil cinema. In 2001, she was cast as the female lead in N. Linguswamy's Run. However, after completing the first shooting schedule, she was unceremoniously dropped and replaced by Meera Jasmine, she was signed up under false pretences for a sex comedy, a genre she was uncomfortable with, decided to leave the project. Thereafter, she signed on for a third Tamil film, but was replaced by Trisha as the director was dissatisfied with her work. Kalari Vikraman, another Malayalam film that she completed work for in 2003, failed to get a theatrical release. After failing to start a film career, Vidya appeared in 60 television commercials and in music videos for Euphoria and Shubha Mudgal. In 2003, Vidya was signed on by Goutam Halder for his independent Bengali drama Bhalo Theko: her first film release.
Her portrayal of Anandi, a young woman reminiscing about her past, won her an Anandalok Purashkar for Best Actress. Vidya made her Hindi film debut in 2005 with Pradeep Sarkar's musical drama Parineeta. Before being cast, she had to undergo extensive auditions for six months; the film, an adaptation of Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay's novel of the same name, narrated the love story of an idealist Lalita and a musician Shekhar, the son of a capitalist businessman. Her performance in the film was praised by critics. Parineeta fetched her a Best Female Debut award and a nomination for Best Actress at the annual Filmfare Awards ceremony; the following year, Vidya appeared opposite Sanjay Dutt in Rajkumar Hirani's comedy film Lage Raho Munna Bhai. She portrayed the role of Jhanvi, a radio jockey and the love interest of the protagonist Munna Bhai. To prepare for her role, she watched them at work, her performance was critically well received, the film emerged as a major financial success with earnings of ₹1.19 billion.
In 2007 Vidya featured in a supporting role in Mani Ratnam's semi-