Vidya Balan was born on the 1st of January 1978 in a small town Ottapalam in Palakkad District. She was raised up by her father P. R. Balan, current Executive Vice-President of Digicable and home maker mother Saraswathy along with her elder sister Priya Balan in God’s own country Kerala.
Her career went smooth on TV, her path for films had lots of pebbles. She got her first film offer during her higher studies. She was offered a lead role opposite actor Mohanlal in a Malayalam flick ‘Chakram’ in the year 2002, but unfortunately ‘Chakram’ never made it to the floors, due to production worries the flick was shelved and Vidya was left with disappointment. As the words came about shelving the flick spread rumors about Vidya to be a bad luck in the industry. Putting these rumors to rest, Balan then shifted her focus into the Tamil Film Industry. This proved as her debut on the silver screen and that too into Bollywood starring opposite ace Bollywood stars like Saif Ali Khan and Sanjay Dutt. The flick not only went on to become a hit, but also prospered Vidya as an actor accompanying her with critical acclaim as well as couple of awards from the fraternity starting off with ‘Best debutant’ and signing off with ‘Best Actress’ for the respective flick.
family shifted their base to Chembur, Mumbai, where she completed her schooling from St. Anthony Girls High School. Her penchant for acting and blessed talent landed a juicy opportunity for the beauty at a young age of sixteen years. She got her first break on the small screen with Ekta Kapoor’s then super hit sitcom ‘Hum Paanch’ aired on Zee TV, in which she essayed a role of specked teenager Radhika. With the success of the show and regaining popularity, Vidya decided to move her career wagon towards the silver screen.