Vidya Balan is an Indian actress who is best known for her work in Hindi films.
She is the recipient of multiple awards, including a National Film Award and six Filmfare Awards, for her parts in female-led films that pioneered a revolution in the presentation of women.
Scriling has written the central role played by Vidya Balan along with her film journey.
The role of the heroine in movies is often added to strengthen the character of the hero. Heroin is used to support men’s ‘heroism’. The heroines are presented in a glamorous image as if they were carefully placed decoration materials. This is confirmed by the way they are dressed, the makeup, and the way they are shown in the frame.
In this context, the Scriling has discussed the central role played by Vidya Balan along with her film journey. The same sentimentality is presented here.
Before becoming a lioness
Dressed in a sari, Vidya Balan became the ‘hero’ of the film. She tried to make her character as natural and daring as possible.
The result of that effort is Parineeta, Kahani, The Dirty Picture, Mission Mars and Sakuntala Devi.
Vidya is in the central role of this entire film. All are female dominated films. In each film, she transformed herself into a different nature and tendency.
She managed to leave a deep impression on the audience with her powerful acting skills. Whenever his film came out, it was a document of success.
Vidya Balan, who has been playing different roles in the film for almost two decades, says, “I play a story and a character that mesmerizes me.” She has no objection to being a part of a female-dominated film. Because he becomes the ‘hero’ of the film.
Started from Parinita
Vidya Balan started acting in the role of Radhika in the popular comedy series ‘Hum Paanch’ in the 90’s. According to her parents’ wishes, she took a short break to pursue higher education. After finishing his studies, Vidya’s journey started towards film.
After working in South Indian and Bengali cinema, she acted in Pradip Sarkar’s film ‘Parinita’. This is where her Bollywood journey begins.
The film, based on Sharad Chandra Chattopadhyay’s novel Parineeta, was released in 2005. In the film, Vidya Balan is seen with Sanjay Dutt and Saif Ali Khan. The first film was well received by the audience and critics. Vidya also bagged the Debut Award from the same film.
After the success of Pariniti, Vidya Balan worked on some big projects. For example, the role of a ghost in ‘Bhulbhulaiya’, the role of a doctor in Amitabh Bachchan’s much talked about film ‘Paa’, the role of Krishna in Vishal Bhardwaj’s film ‘Ishqiya’, the role of Janhvi in ’Lage Raho Munna Bhai’.
In 2011, two films of Vidya Balan came out. ‘No One Killed Jessica’, in which her acting was very popular. At the end of the year, the film ‘Dirty Picture’ based on the life of Silk Smita came out, which broke the box office record and gave Vidya Balan a new lease of life in the film industry. She also won a national award for ‘Dirty Picture’.
“I was emotionally attached to the story,” said Milan Luthria, director of Dirty Picture. I wanted to make a women-centric film. Because, people kept asking me why I only make male-dominated films. ‘
“No one wanted to make a film on this story,” he says. People used to say that the title of the film is Zur. The casting of the film is in full swing. This is a porn movie. No one encouraged us for this film. Everyone said not to make such a film. But, we made a film, which I am very proud of and in the end this film also got three national awards. ‘
Milan Luthria is happy that Vidya Balan came into her life because of the movie ‘Dirty Picture’. He thinks that Vidya Balan is a great actor, whether in a biopic or a fantasy film.
Film historian SMM Ausja says about Vidya Balan’s character in ‘Dirty Picture’, ‘She had an excellent performance in’ Dirty Picture ‘. It was a very difficult role. It is difficult to play such a complex and fearless role. It is not easy for any top actress to play this role. What Vidya did was an extraordinary role. ‘
A few months after the film ‘Dirty Picture’, in 2012, Vidya Balan acted in the film ‘Kahani’ directed by Sujay Ghosh. The film was a huge success. Both the films grossed Rs 70 crore to Rs 800 crore, which was a huge gross for any female-dominated film.
Film historian MMM Ausja says his role in the Dirty Picture and the story was very different. The burden of both films was on his shoulders. He thinks that for Vidya Balan, it was nothing less than a gamble. She could have failed. But she was lucky. She is very talented, because she did all these things skillfully.
After the success of Dirty Picture and Story, some other films of Vidya Balan came. But, those films were not as amazing as expected. Rajkumar Gupta, the director of ‘No One Killed Jessica’, once again made a ‘Ghanchakkar’ with Vidya Balan. There was a lot of expectation towards this film but it didn’t work out.
Apart from this, Vidya Balan also appeared in female-dominated films like ‘Bobby Jasus’, ‘Hamari Adhuri Kahani’, ‘Kahani 2’ and ‘Begum Jaan’. However, the audience was not bound by the story.
In 2017, Vidya Balan’s film ‘Tumhari Sulu’ came out, in which she played the role of a middle class married woman. He gets a job as a radio jockey. This simple story made Vidya Balan the star of the viewer’s eye once again.
Film critics also liked the film. Vidya won the Filmfare Award for her performance. The film grossed around Rs 30-35 crore.
Mission Mangal and Shakuntala Devi
In 2019, Vidya Balan and Akshay Kumar’s film ‘Mission Mangal’ was released, in which Vidya’s work was praised. In the year 2020, during the Corona epidemic, her film ‘Shakuntala Devi’ was released on the OTT platform. Her performance was also praised. She received the Film Award.
Some time ago, Vidya Balan’s film ‘Sherni’ was released on OTT platform. Vidya Balan has become a female forest officer Vidya Vincent in director Amit Masurkar’s film Sherni, which has won a national award for the film ‘Newton’.
Film critics say that this role of Vidya Balan is very different from her last film. In it she faces feminist discrimination and office bias. Vidya showed a new glimpse in this film.
What is special about Vidya Balan?
In her nearly two-decade-long film career, Vidya Balan has made some women-centric films and made her mark in the film industry.
Film business analyst Atul Mohan says, “The film industry has always been male-dominated. However, there are some actresses who have made a name for themselves.
It includes names like Rekha, Hema Malini, Vaijayantimala, Sridevi, Madhuri Dixit. When their films were screened, the movie halls were fully booked.
Similarly, Vidya Balan has also tried to make Mukam.
He says, ‘She is playing a good role step by step after Parineeta. Lage Raho was a film of Munna Bhai Rajkumar Hirani and Sanjay Dutt. However, Vidya’s style of saying ‘Good Morning Mumbai’ is still popular today. In No One Killed Jessica, she took on an unconventional look. It became a hit despite being a serious movie.
Atul Mohan says that in today’s environment there is a perception that an actress should be thin. Must be modern. Must speak English. But, from Nutan to Kajol, the actress who looked Indian became the hub.
Vidya Balan is also in the same category. When Vidya Balan becomes a part of a good story, the audience definitely goes to the theater to see her. Your Sulu is an example of this.
Film historian SMM Osja says that Vidya Balan is a thoughtful actress. She works on the film by looking at the script and thinking. For the same reason, his acting is also good.
He says, ‘She also did some Zur films. But, the reason for that was that she was so popular at that time that there was a mentality that even if you get a film, it will work.
But, later she chose only such a film in which she can show her creative ability. ‘