7 Iconic Roles Played By Vidya Balan

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The Dirty Picture (Silk Smitha)

In this 2011 biographical drama, Vidya Balan portrayed the controversial South Indian actress Silk Smitha. Her bold and uninhibited portrayal of Silk earned her numerous awards, including the National Film Award for Best Actress.

Kahaani (Vidya Bagchi)

In this 2012 mystery thriller, Balan played the role of Vidya Bagchi, a pregnant woman who travels to Kolkata in search of her missing husband. Her performance was praised for its intensity and helped cement her reputation as one of Bollywood's finest actresses.

Ishqiya (Krishna Verma)

Balan portrayed the role of Krishna Verma, a strong and enigmatic woman caught in a love triangle, in this 2010 black comedy-drama. Her performance was widely lauded, and she received several award nominations for her portrayal.

Paa (Dr. Vidya)

In this 2009 comedy-drama film, Vidya Balan played the role of a single mother and a gynecologist named Dr. Vidya. Her performance alongside Amitabh Bachchan and Abhishek Bachchan was highly appreciated by both audiences and critics.

Bhool Bhulaiyaa (Avni Chaturvedi)

Balan portrayed the role of Avni Chaturvedi, a young woman haunted by a vengeful spirit, in this 2007 psychological thriller-comedy. Her performance in the film, which was a remake of the Malayalam film "Manichitrathazhu," received positive reviews.

Mission Mangal (Tara Shinde)

In this 2019 science fiction drama, Vidya Balan portrayed the role of Tara Shinde, a scientist involved in India's Mars Orbiter Mission. Her portrayal of a strong and determined woman leading a team of scientists was widely praised.

Shakuntala Devi (Shakuntala Devi)

Vidya Balan beautifully portrayed the journey of Shakuntala Devi, in the biographical drama released in 2020, from the human computer's humble beginnings in Bangalore to becoming a global sensation renowned for her mathematical prowess.

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