Vidya Balan leads Bollywood’s female pack

Women-centric themes added power to the Bollywood platter this year and the leading ladies impressed with their boldness and intense acting. Actresses like Vidya Balan, Priyanka Chopra and Katrina Kaif gave the industry’s menfolk a run for their money.

IANS lists the top 10 actresses who swept the audience away in 2011:

1. Vidya Balan: She started the year with a stellar performance as a deglamorised, strong-willed simpleton in the real-life inspired “No One Killed Jessica”, and featured in cameos in “Thank You”, “Dum Maaro Dum” and Malayalam film “Urumi”. Continue reading

Is Vidya Balan going overboard with her ‘dirty’ act ?

When the Parineeta debutant realised that wooing her audience by wearing sexy gowns and bikinis was not her style, Vidya Balan devised a unique way of showing off her sensuous side. She let go of the girl-next-door image that had made her popular initially and turned from a coy, sacrificial lover Lolita (Parineeta) into the aggressive, scheming seductress Krishna (Ishqiya).

Off-screen too, she became unapologetic of her sensuality and continued with her bold acts. Remember the thumb sucking act and fake kiss with her No One Killed Jessica co-star Rani Mukerji on Karan Johar’s chat show Koffee With Karan? Wasn’t it too much? We were hoping it’ll end soon, but nada! Vidya seems to have fallen in love with her sensual image a tad too much. Continue reading

I’ll be happy to get married: Vidya Balan

Vidya Balan has never spoken about her relationship with Siddharth Roy Kapoor. They began dating on the sets of No One Killed Jessica and have been seeing each other since.

They are serious about their relationship and it is inevitable that they will tie the knot eventually. However they haven’t spoken about their relationship at all. The actress was in Ahmedabad recently to promote her upcoming film where she dropped her guard. Continue reading

Madhuri Dixit edges out Vidya Balan

Vidya Balan seems to have become the go-to heroine for the all-too-few author-backed roles for Bollywood heroines.

After a string of raving performances in Paa, Ishqiya and No One Killed Jessica, Vidya is certainly in an enviable position with the likes of Ekta Kapoor, Milan Luthria and Sujoy Ghosh offering her strong, award-bait roles such as The Dirty Picture and Kahaani.

But there’s one strong role that seems to have slipped through Vidya’s fingers which curiously happens to be a sequel to one of her own films. Because replacing her in the Ishqiya sequel is none other than ’90s superstar Madhuri Dixit alongside Kangana Ranaut. Continue reading

Vidya has ambitious career plans

Vidya Balan apparently has decided to make use of her boyfriend Siddharth Roy Kapoor’s connections at UTV. Since he is the head honc ho there, jealous actresses are talking about how she is canvassing for all the plum projects at UTV for herself.

Apart from that she is really keen on doing an Anurag Kashyap film, but sadly he isn’t too keen on casting her. The poor girl has dreams of working with the Khans too, but sources close to them say they too are not interested as they think she’s too much of a bahenji to match steps with them.
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Vidya’s matrimony rumor falls flat

It’s not a big deal in Bollywood that rumors often take rounds in the industry about the matrimony of stars. One rightly points out that if rumors are to be believed, Rani Mukerjee was married not once or twice but almost ten times to Chopra icon Aditya Chopra! This time the rumor is about Rani’s co-star from ‘No One Killed Jessica’, Vidya Balan; she has been caught in a similar wedding web created by the media.

The media has been flooded with Vidya Balan’s supposed wedding news for the past two days. As expected, the rumor about her matrimony spread like wildfire in the entire industry. Not only that, it was also reported that Vidya is currently honeymooning with his her love interest Siddharth Roy Kapoor, who is UTV Motion Pictures’ head honcho. Continue reading

Vidya Balan’s Dirty Picture releasing in September

Actress Vidya Balan has a knack of doing something extra ordinary every time she faces the camera. Whether it is her debut ‘Parineeta’, ‘Ishqiya’ or ‘No One Killed Jessica’, Vidya has always proved to be the actress with a difference. Now her latest film ‘Dirty Picture’ might just blow your mind away.

The film, being produced by Ekta Kapoor and directed by Milan Luthria, is based on the life of South softcore actress Silk Smitha who set the silver screen on fire in the 80s and early 90s. The film has an ensemble cast of Naseeruddin Shah, Emran Hashmi, Tusshar Kapoor and of course Vidya Balan. Recently when Vidya’s look in the film was unveiled, everyone was stunned with how convincingly the makers of the film have turned Vidya into a soft porn star……virtually we mean.
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Vidya Balan’s Bong connection

Vidya Balan has always felt a special connection to Kolkata. Though the actress doesn’t hail from the city, she loves it.

Speaking about her love for The City of Joy, Vidya says, “I’ve shot three films (Parineeta, No One Killed Jessica and Kahaani), various ad-films, and music videos in Kolkata. So, obviously, there is a special connection with the city. I think it is my second home. Continue reading