Vidya Balan, deep as the sea, brave as a lion-ess



After the mega success of The Dirty Picture everyone now talks about her, but I loved her from the first time I saw her in Lage Raho Munna Bhai as Jhanvi.

I  chose her as my Gravatar because to me she is the essence of beauty, of strength and represents all that I love about Indian women. She is the quintessential Indian beauty exuding warmth and intelligence. She is a natural in front of the camera, at times you forget she acts… Effortlessly she slips into most diverse roles, never afraid to be caught in a bad camera angle (something that I always sense about beauty contestants turned actresses…). Vidya just plays away and sweeps you off your feet with her charm, her grace, her fire. Uninhibited and unpretentious, she is MY MUSE.

She is the Robert De Niro of the Indian cinema. Oh well, let’s say the female equivalent. She surprises you in every role. You just need to think of Paa and Ishqiya, No One  Killed Jessica and The Dirty Picture, cleverly chosen diametrically opposite characters.  How Vidya builds her career is very smart, avoiding being typecast.

In Paa, she plays Dr. Vidya, a gynecologist who is single-handedly raising a child suffering from a rare genetic disorder. In Ishqiya, it’s Annie, Get Your Gun

Krishna, her role in Ishqiya, is very un-krishnaesque. Here she is the mysterious seductress. She tastes of sun and earth, of love and destruction. The chemistry of the cast is palpable.  Here she plays opposite Naseeruddin Shah and Arshad Varsi, a true killer cast!

In No One Killed Jessica, she slips into a totally unglamerous and  unflattering role, playing Sabrina, sister of the murdered Jessica, based upon a true story of an aspiring model, whose case seemed lost until justice was done years later. Again, a courageous role to take on.

which brings us to The Dirty Picture, which put her right into the spotlight this year where she plays opposite Naseeruddin Shah and Emraan Hashmi  in the role of Reshma/Silk, a seventies movie star’s rise. It has been hugely successful and we can only wonder what Vidya has in store for us with her upcoming movie Kahani. The sky is the limit for this actress!

Here is a taste of her next movie, Kahani:

The Dirty Picture

2011 Dum Maaro Dum
Mrs. Kamath
2011 Thank You
Kishan’s wife
2011 No One Killed Jessica
Sabrina Lall
2010 Ishqiya
2009 Paa
Dr. Vidya
2008 Halla Bol
2007 Bhool Bhulaiyaa
Avni Chaturvedi
2007 Heyy Babyy
Isha B. Sahni
2007 Eklavya: The Royal Guard
2007 Salaam-E-Ishq
Tehzeeb Hussain
2007 Guru
Meenakshi Gupta

2005 Parineeta

see you at the movies, vidya…






3 thoughts on “Vidya Balan, deep as the sea, brave as a lion-ess

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