Family- Father-> P. R. Balan (Vice President of ETC Channel)
Mother->unknown (a housewife mother in a Tamil speaking Palakkad Iyer family)
Elder sister-> Priya, who is married to Kedar.
Language -> According to Balan, they speak at home "a mix of Tamil and Malayalam", but she is also well versed in Hindi, English and Bengali and can also read Urdu.
Education-> schooling at St. Anthony Girls' High School, Chembur, Mumbai.
-> Graduation St. Xavier's College where she majored in Sociology.
-> MA at the University of Mumbai, she got her first film offer.
Vidya studied and performed acting Prithvi Theaters' workshops. Vidya and here elder sister know Carnatic dance from there early childhood. Vidya got here first break with a Malyalam movie 'Chakram' opposite Mohanlal. She appeared in three music videos for Pankaj Udhas, Euphoria, and Shubha Mudgal in supporting roles. She then also appeared in two TV serials Ekta Kapoor's 'Hum Paanch', and Ashok Pandit's 'Hanste Khelte'.
2006 Vidya was approached by Vidhu Vinod Chopra during a pop-concert in Mumbai to play a lead role in 'Parineeta'. She eventually won a Best Debut (Female) award and received a nomination for Best Actress at the Filmfare Awards ceremony. Undergone 17 make-up shoots and 40 screen tests before being chosen for this role. All this hard work did result in success as 'Parineeta' was very well received so much so that the Tamil producer, who had previously rejected her in first in a movie, invited her to appear in a 'Dasavatharam' opposite Kamal Hassan, and now it was Vidya's turn to reject this offer which eventually went to 'Asin'.
Movies like Paa Amitabh Bachchan played the role of Auro, Balan's son while Abhishek Bachchan played the titular character. Her portrayal ultimately won her a Filmfare Award for Best Actress and a Star Screen Award for Best Actress, among other awards. The film became a major turning point in her career and brought a new level of seriousness to her work.
Balan acted in Vishal Bhardwaj's drama Ishqiya, directed by debutante Abhishek Chaubey and co-starring Naseeruddin Shah, Arshad Warsi and Salman Shahid. Balan's role was that of Krishna Verma, a sexually manipulative abandoned wife. Her character was described as a femme fatale, and her performance was applauded by critics, with NDTV's Anupama Chopra.
Raj Kumar Gupta's semi-biographic thriller No One Killed Jessica alongside Rani Mukerji, The film, based on the Jessica Lal murder case saw Balan play the first real-life character of her career, that of Sabrina Lal, Jessica's reticent sister who struggled for years to get justice. Balan eventually earned another Filmfare nomination in the Best Actress category.
the release of Ekta Kapoor's The Dirty Picture, a biopic based on the life and death of the controversial Indian actress Silk Smitha. Balan was cast as Silk, who was—in Balan's words—"known for her brazenness and in-your-face sexuality." She described the role as the "boldest" she had ever played, one that "required a lot of mental preparation," and in order to look the part, she gained 12 kgs. Balan received unanimous praise for her portrayal, which several reviewers regarded as her best performance to date.
Khalid Mohamed observed, "She’s extraordinary: gutsy, consistently in character and unafraid of exposing her darker side. Here’s the kind of complex performance which you haven’t evidenced in years and years. This award-winning act bookended by her contrasting portrayal in No One Killed Jessica, reaffirms her as the finest artiste on the scene today." Balan won a second Filmfare Award for Best Actress and a third consecutive Screen Award for Best Actress that year along with several other awards in the same category for her performance in the film.
Brands-1998 to debut in a Surf Excel commercial. She completed nearly 90 ads commercials directed by Pradeep Sarkar.
Vidya and her Priya learned Carnatic dance form during their early childhood days, but Vidya opted out as the dance classes took place early on Sunday mornings and as she is not an early riser.
Single, never involved in any relationship or scandal, she claims to get along well with both female and male friends.
I haven’t found a man I’d like to spend my life with. When he comes along, I’ll give up everything, career included. Do you think I’d risk that kind of commitment at this stage of my career when things are going well? – Vidya Balan
The actress decided to join films the day she interacted with Shabana Azmi while in collegeShe is trained in Carnatic music
The sexy actress was listed as number 8 of ‘Top Bollywood Actresses’ of 2006 and 2012.