Why Vidya Balan rules

Is it because The Dirty Picture has stormed the box office? Is it because she’s so good in the film? Or is it because she has flouted every rule in the Bollywood book and emerged a winner on her own terms?

I think I’ve cracked it. For two weeks now everyone I know and possibly most of urban India has been going crazy about Vidya Balan. Nearly everywhere you go she is the subject of discussion and the conversations are nearly always flattering. Continue reading

I am fine with being a trend-setter of ‘Bold scenes’: Vidya Balan

They call her the only ‘heroine’ who can give the Khans a takkar in Bollywood.

With Dirty Picture, Vidya Balan has proved actresses can do justice to author backed roles if given a chance.

Buzz, ever since Balan has dropped all her inhibitions for her films, from her image to clothes, Kareena too is willing to let go for her apprehension for bold scenes in Heroine. Continue reading

Vidya Balan says no to Rajnikanth?

Vidya Balan has officially turned down a chance to star opposite south star Rajinikanth. Earlier this year, it was suggested that she was to be his leading lady in Rana, since her distinctly desi looks would click with south Indian audiences too.

Later, rumour mills were abuzz that Vidya had raised issues because she was not being given the script. Now for the first time, Vidya goes on record to say that the script had played spoilsport.

“Rana makers spoke to me about the film, but I wasn’t exactly in serious talks. Later, I asked for a script, which I didn’t get,” says Vidya with a smile. Continue reading

Vidya Balan in ‘The Dirty Picture’: Will Bollywood have more ‘real women’ like her?

Game-changer. That’s the word I’ve heard most often with reference to the Ekta Kapoor-Milan Luthria-Vidya Balan juggernaut, The Dirty Picture, which steamrolled the box office, making over Rs. 52 crore in week one. Incredibly, the film opened better than hero-led projects such as Singham and Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara. Vidya oozing sexuality 1980s-style got more first-day, first-show viewers than Hrithik Roshan’s chiselled many-pack abs.

The Dirty Picture is a woman’s story. It has a superb lead actor, old-school dialogue-baazi, and, critically, no A-list male stars to prop up the narrative. Yet, it defied Bollywood naysayers and became one of the year’s biggest successes. Continue reading

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

Vidya Balan Hindi Cinema’s New Bold

If Vidya Balan defines the New Bold in Hindi cinema, the cues to her evolution as an actor lie off-screen, in what she says and more importantly, how she says it. At the core of her cinematic choices sit some deeply internalised convictions about herself. At the Express Adda in Delhi last week held in association with Lap Gardens, with Absolut as the event partner, Balan was unambiguous about why she values individuality and personal instinct above everything else.

She elaborated on how she allows her gut-level responses to nudge her in choosing and essaying her roles. Moderated by Shekhar Gupta, Editor-in-Chief of the Express Group, and Harneet Singh, Sr Assistant Editor (Film), The Indian Express, this was the fifth edition of Express Adda, a series of informal conversations with newsmakers at the centre of change. Listening to her avidly was the Delhi intelligentsia. Continue reading

Vidya-Emraan set to team up again

They have been appreciated as Silk and Abraham in the recent release, The Dirty Picture (TDP). And now, Vidya Balan and Emraan Hashmi are set to share screen space again in yet another Ekta Kapoor production.

“Ekta is very happy with the response that the film and Emraan and Vidya have received as an on-screen couple. So, she is toying with the idea of repeating them in one of her upcoming films,” says an insider from the producer’s team. Continue reading

Vidya Balan puts plunge cholis on fashion map

Many actresses have worn a ‘Choli’ (without a pallu of course!) in contemporary Bollywood movies, but nothing comes close to Vidya Balan’s elan and confidence to pull off the quarter-sleeved, bright-coloured, pearl-embellished, and generous cleavage-revealing blouses in her latest film ‘The Dirty Picture’.

The look is simple and sassy. Crimson reds, bold purples and pretty pinks paired with sarees and petticoat skirts have revisited the Indian film industry, and the style, looks like, is here to stay. Wide necks giving ample view of the cleavage and the hems done up in glitzy golden threadwork have suddenly gained popularity.
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Court asks police to book Vidya Balan for obscenity

Controversies continue to dog `The Dirty Picture` with a city court directing police to book actress Vidya Balan for posing for indecent photographs on the film posters and promos.

Nampally criminal courts ordered the Nallakunta police station in the city to book a criminal case against the Bollywood star.

The court passed the orders on a petition filed by an advocate S. K. Azad.
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“Vidya is confident about her sexuality” – Tusshar

His dad Jeetendra may have done countless movies with Rekha and though Tusshar never got a chance to share screen space with her, he feels that in the modern day world the void has been pretty much filled by Vidya Balan.

“Time and again when you put Bollywood heroines into the kind of role as seen in ‘The Dirty Picture’, results aren’t really up there. These girls end up making weird faces and it just don’t look natural. On the other hand in case of Vidya it is just different as this side of her personality comes across as so effortless. Continue reading