Amy Jackson

Amy Jackson

Amy Jackson is a British performer and model known for her work in Tamil and Bollywood films and can right now be seen on The CW’s

superhuman arrangement Supergirl in the part of Imra Ardeen/Saturn Girl. She started her demonstrating profession at 16 years old, and went ahead to win the

(2009) Miss Teen World rivalry. In this way, chief A. L. Vijay give her a role as the main woman of the Tamil dialect time frame show

Madrasapattinam (2010). Jackson keeps on acting in Indian movies all things considered, including Tamil, Hindi, Telugu, and Kannada.

Early life

Jackson was conceived in Isle of Man to British Christian guardians, Alan and Marguerita Jackson. She has a senior sister, Alicia. The family

come back to their folks’ home in Woolton, Liverpool, two years after Amy’s introduction to the world with the goal that her dad, who functions as a maker for BBC Radio

Merseyside, could proceed with his media profession.

Jackson went to St Edward’s College, where she considered English Literature, Philosophy and Ethics.


2008– 2010: Modeling vocation

In the wake of winning the Miss Teen Liverpool and Miss Teen Great Britain events, Amy won the title of Miss Teen World in 2009. She won

eighteen prizes, incorporating a demonstrating contract in the US on a $50,000 grant. Before long, she won Miss Liverpool in 2010. She

contended at Miss England in 2010 and was delegated the sprinter up to Jessica Linley.

In 2009, Jackson began her demonstrating vocation with the Northern-based displaying organization, Boss Model Management, and after that went ahead to sign

with her London office, Models 1.

2010– 2014: Acting vocation

Amy Jackson at dispatch of Apicius Kitchen and Bar

In 2010, Indian film makers spotted Jackson on the Miss Teen World site and welcomed her to try out for the Tamil time frame dramatization film

Madrasapattinam (2010). In spite of having no past acting knowledge, she was given a role as the female lead, inverse Arya. The film, set

against the background of 1947 India, recounts the tale of a British Governor’s little girl who becomes hopelessly enamored with a town kid. Jackson conceded that

it was exceptionally hard to take in the Tamil discoursed. The film discharged in July 2010 and was acclaimed by pundits, and performed well at the case

office. After the film was in the end discharged on 9 July 2010, it was a basic and business achievement, with Jackson picking up adulate for her

execution. Sify kept in touch with, “It is an unmitigated Amy Jackson appear. She is just astonishing to convey lines in Tamil, and is one justifiable reason motivation to

see the film”. Behindwoods expressed, “The person who leaves with the best respects is Amy Jackson for a delightful depiction of a woman torn

between her adoration and the strong realm. She looks totally wonderful, acts out well through her expressive eyes and can procure the

sensitivity of the gatherings of people amid extreme circumstances”. Rediff expressed, “Amy Jackson is relatively impeccable as the wide-peered toward young lady who is seeing India

out of the blue, captivated by its way of life”. She got a selection for the Vijay Award for Best Debut Actress for her part in the film.

In 2011, she was marked by Gautham Menon to play the female lead, inverse Prateik Babbar, in Ekk Deewana Tha (2012), the Hindi change

of the 2010 hit sentimental show film Vinnaithaandi Varuvaaya. She tried the pretended by Trisha in the first, Jessie Thekekuttu, a

Malayali Nasrani Christian who begins to look all starry eyed at a Hindu kid, yet is kept from seeking after the sentiment by her dad. The film discharged in

February 2012. Jackson got adulate for her execution and science with Babbar, with BehindWoods expressing that “she has done

ponders,” and the Times of India saying that “she never frustrates.”

In September 2012, Jackson made her arrival to Tamil film with a supporting part in Thaandavam (2012), featuring inverse Vikram and

Anushka Shetty. She was marked for the film in 2011 and shooting occurred in India and London, enabling Jackson to return and see her

family and companions. It was her second coordinated effort with chief A L Vijay, after Madrasapattinam (2010). She assumed the part of Sarah

Vinayagam, a British-conceived Anglo Indian young lady who wins the Miss London title. She supposedly named her own exchanges in Tamil.She got

her first designation for the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress – Tamil at the 60th Filmfare Awards South function.

She made her introduction in Telugu film with the Vamsi Paidipally’s Yevadu (2014) close by Ram Charan and Shruti Haasan, assuming the part

of Shruti. The film’s discharge date was over and again reset, and discharged on 12 January 2014.

2015– 2016

Jackson next featured as super model Diya in Shankar’s sentimental spine chiller film I (2015), the greatest venture in her vocation. The making of the film,

a standout amongst the most exorbitant Indian movies to date, assumed control over two years, with a noteworthy piece of the film being shot in China.The film was

discharged on 14 January 2015 and got a blended basic reaction, in spite of the fact that Jackson’s execution gotten ideal surveys. Deccan

Account composed that she was “just eminent. She is another feature of the film and has given a develop execution”, while Sify noticed that

she was “the greatest astonishment parcel in the film” and “flawless beautiful sight”. Thusly, she was positioned #1 in The Times of India, Chennai

Version rundown of the most attractive ladies in 2014.

After I (2015), Jackson marked on to Prabhu Deva’s Singh Is Bling (2015), inverse Akshay Kumar. She had marked on to be a piece of Venkat

Prabhu’s heavenly spine chiller Masss (2015), however quit it later when the content and her character were changed. Rather, she marked on

to Velraj’s Thanga Magan (2015) close by Dhanush and Samantha Ruth Prabhu.

Before long, Jackson featured in Thirukumaran’s Gethu (2016), depicting an Anglo-Indian young lady for which she won positive surveys, . She has

been apparently shooting for an “abrasive BBC show arrangement”, which she declined to additionally expand on. She at that point depicted the lead female part

in Atlee’s Theri (2016), including close by Vijay where she depicted the part of a Malayali educator. Her execution got positive

audits and her part as an educator was very much valued. Upon discharge, the film went ahead to wind up a standout amongst the most productive Tamil movies of all


2017– present

On 25 September 2017, it was reported that Jackson was thrown in her first Hollywood part as Imra Ardeen otherwise known as Saturn Girl in The CW’s

superhuman dramatization arrangement Supergirl (2017). The character showed up in the third season.[36] The arrangement, in light of the DC

characters made by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, is created by Berlanti Productions in relationship with Warner Bros Television.

Jackson can next be found in Shankar’s eagerly awaited film 2.0 (2018) discharging April 2018 nearby Rajinikanth and Akshay Kumar, as

well as in Prem’s Kannada film The Villain (2018) nearby Shiva Rajkumar and Sudeep.

Individual life

Amy Jackson is a Christian. She made unique posts on her online networking profiles about beginning her recognition of Lent on its first day, Ash


Starting at 2012, Jackson lives in Mumbai, Maharashtra. In 2014, with a feline named Alfie, she postured in a PETA advertisement battle advancing the

appropriation of creatures from covers. Notwithstanding her work with PETA, Jackson bolsters philanthropies, for example, St Jude’s healing facility in Mumbai and

‘Young lady Child’ instruction in India. She fills in as a brand minister for Yardley of London and Ponds Beauty.She was additionally embraced as Brand

Represetative of Rummy Passion on eighth February 2018.

In 2012, Jackson was involved with Bollywood on-screen character Prateik Babbar. Later in 2012, the relationship finished. In 2013, she was dating

boxer Joe Selkirk. On 8 December 2013, she was apparently attacked by Joe Selkirk outside the Malmaison Hotel in Liverpool.Although

Jackson was not willing to seek after the case, the Crown Prosecution Service chose an indictment was essential. In the wake of confessing,

Selkirk was allowed a year network supervision request and requested to pay £300 costs.

In 2017, Jackson was setting up an eatery in London with her mom Marguerita. It was planned to open its entryways before the finish of August.

She stated, “I generally needed to be a business person. I adore going by new eateries and attempting distinctive cooking styles everywhere throughout the world. My affection for

nourishment has motivated me to open this restaurant”.[ As of 4 March, 2017, Jackson reported her new versatile application, Amy Jackson Official App, as

in-application social channel for Facebook, Twitter and Instagram as a team with New York-based startup EscapeX.


Key Films that have not yet been discharged Denotes films that have not yet been discharged


Year Title Role Language Notes

2010 Madrasapattinam Amy Wilkinson Tamil Nominated—Vijay Award for Best Debut Actress

2012 Ekk Deewana Tha Jessie Thekekuttu Hindi

Thaandavam Sarah Vinayagam Tamil Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress – Tamil

2014 Yevadu Shruthi Telugu

2015 I Diya Tamil Nominated—SIIMA Award for Best Actress — Tamil

Won—Asiavision Awards for Excellence In Tamil Cinema

Won—Behindwoods Gold Medals — Best Entertainer of the Year – Female

Singh Is Bliing Sara Rana Hindi

Thanga Magan Hema D’Souza Tamil

2016 Gethu Nandini Ramanujam Tamil

Theri Annie Tamil

Freaky Ali Megha Hindi

Devi Jennifer Tamil Special appearance in the tune, “Chal Maar”

Abhinetri Telugu

Tutak Tukiya Hindi

2018 2.0Films that have not yet been discharged TBA Tamil

Hindi Post Production

The Villain TBA Kannada Filming

Boogie Man Nimisha English


Year Title Role Notes

2017-show Supergirl Imra Ardeen

Different respects

2013: The Times of India’s Most Desirable Woman of 2012 #22

2013: FHM World’s Sexiest 100 Women:#56

2013: The Time

Bipasha Basu

Bipasha Basu (conceived 7 January 1979), likewise known by her wedded name Bipasha Basu Singh Grover,is an Indian film on-screen character

what’s more, show. Essentially known for her work in Hindi movies, she has likewise showed up in Tamil, Telugu, Bengali and English dialect

films. A standout amongst the most mainstream and most generously compensated on-screen characters in India, Basu is the beneficiary of various awards, including one

Filmfare Award, among six designations. Especially known for her work in the spine chiller and blood and guts movie kinds, she is as often as possible

refered to in the media as a sex image.

Conceived in Delhi and brought up in Kolkata, Basu won the Godrej Cinthol Supermodel challenge in 1996, and later sought after a fruitful

vocation as a design show. She at that point started getting offers for film parts, and made her acting presentation with a negative part in the

decently effective spine chiller Ajnabee (2001), which won her the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut. Basu’s first driving

part was in the blockbuster thriller Raaz (2002), which earned her an assignment for the Filmfare Award for Best Actress.

She in this way got overall basic acknowledgment and a few honors for her depictions of a temptress in the 2003

sensual spine chiller Jism and the 2006 dramatization Corporate. Basu made further progress with featuring parts in six of India’s yearly

top-earning creations—the comedies No Entry (2005), Phir Hera Pheri (2006), and All the Best: Fun Begins (2009), the

activity enterprise Dhoom 2 (2006), the activity spine chiller Race (2008) and the ghastliness spine chiller Raaz 3D (2012). She additionally got

adulate for her exhibitions in the lighthearted comedy Bachna Ae Haseeno (2008), and the blood and gore movies Aatma (2013), Creature

3D (2014) and Alone (2015). Her other prominent work incorporates thing numbers in a few movies.

Notwithstanding acting in films, Basu is a wellness devotee and has included in a few wellness recordings. She is a conspicuous VIP

endorser for brands and items, and is vocal about issues, for example, women’s liberation and every living creature’s common sense entitlement. Following a prominent

association with performing artist John Abraham, Basu wedded on-screen character Karan Singh Grover in 2016.

Early life and displaying profession

Bipasha Basu was conceived on 7 January 1979 to a Bengali family in Delhi. Her dad, Hirak, is a structural architect, and her mom,

Mamta, is a homemaker. She has one senior sister, Bidisha, and one more youthful sister, Vijayeta. As indicated by Basu, her name

signifies “dim profound want”, and is likewise a stream’s name. She included “Because of my dim skin, I was viewed as monstrous in my more youthful

a long time.”

In Delhi, Basu inhabited Pamposh Enclave, Nehru Place, till the age of eight and learned at Apeejay High School. Her family at that point

moved to Kolkata, where she went to Bhavan’s Gangabux Kanoria Vidyamandir, situated in Bidhannagar. In her school, Basu

was designated as the head young lady and was affectionately called ‘Woman Goonda’ because of her short and ordering personality.She

commented “As a kid, I was a spitfire and I was spoiled a considerable measure, because of which I turned out to be exceptionally underhanded. I used to keep a stick in

my hand and rectify all the settlement young men on the off chance that they acted keen. I used to be short as a youngster and I was the screen in

school. At the point when the tall young men would be up to devilishness, I’d bounce on their back amid breaks and force their hair and beat them up”.

Basu was selected in restorative science thinks about until twelfth standard, yet changed to business from there on.

In 1996, Basu was spotted at a lodging in Kolkata by the model Mehr Jesia Rampal, who recommended she take up modelling.That

year, she took an interest in and inevitably won the Godrej Cinthol Supermodel Contest (sorted out by Ford), along these lines speaking to

India at Ford Models Supermodel of the World challenge in Miami. She later showed up in the Calida business with her at that point-

sweetheart Dino Morea, which was dubious for imagining them sultrily; she had a few nonconformists outside her home after that.

With appearance on a few magazine covers, Basu kept on pursueing a vocation in design displaying amid her late teenagers,

until the point that she turned into a performing artist.

Acting vocation

Presentation: 2001– 02

One of the judges of the Godrej Cinthol Supermodel Contest in which Basu took an interest, Vinod Khanna, needed to dispatch her

close by his child Akshaye Khanna in Himalay Putra, yet she believed she was excessively youthful and declined the part, which in the end

went to Anjala Zaveri. Subsequent to returning home, she was persuaded by Jaya Bachchan to star inverse her child Abhishek Bachchan

in J. P. Dutta’s Aakhari Mughal. Nonetheless, the film was scratched off, and Dutta rather changed the content and made Refugee with

Kareena Kapoor. Basu was likewise offered a part in Refugee inverse Sunil Shetty, which she declined.

In 2001, Basu at last made her introduction inverse Akshay Kumar in Vijay Galani’s Ajnabee. The movie, coordinated by Abbas-Mustan,

was roused by the American film Consenting Adults. It was a direct film industry achievement and pulled in troublesome surveys

from commentators. Be that as it may, Basu’s execution in a negative part was valued by commentators and won her the Filmfare Award for

Best Female Debut.

In 2002, Basu featured in the year’s best spine chiller, Raaz. Coordinated by Vikram Bhatt, it built up Basu in the Hindi film

industry. Her depiction of a lady who is sought after by a soul got positive audits. One survey in The Tribune noted, “… it

is Bipasha Basu who takes the show with her fine execution.” She was named for the Filmfare Award for Best Actress

for Raaz. She was acknowledged in a supporting part in Sanjay Gadhvi’s Mere Yaar Ki Shaadi Hai, a direct basic and

business achievement. In any case, in David Dhawan’s Chor Machaaye Shor, was her first business disappointment. She showed up in a

supporting part inverse Mahesh Babu and Lisa Ray in the Telugu film, Takkari Donga. Gunaah, which discharged soon thereafter,

was likewise a film industry disappointment. She assumed the part of a cop who adores a convict and tries to change him. Derek Elley of Variety

watched that Basu was a miscast as the “hopeful cop”.

2003– 05

In 2003, Basu featured in Pooja Bhatt’s suggestive spine chiller film, Jism close by John Abraham, which was generally welcomed by commentators and

fared well in the cinema world. She assumed the part of alluring, goal-oriented spouse of a tycoon who enjoys an extramarital

undertaking with a dipsomaniac attorney and plots to murder her better half. The film positioned 92 in the main 100 sexiest motion picture scenes survey

directed by Channel 4. Film pundit Taran Adarsh of Bollywood Hungama remarked, “… the genuine show stealer is Bipasha

Basu; her attractive look and tempting profound voice, conversely with her frosty and ascertaining identity, makes her the most

amazing femme fatale since Zeenat Aman and Parveen Babi.” She got a Filmfare Best Villain Award designation for

Jism. Her next discharge, Zameen, neglected to have effect among crowds.

Basu had four discharges in 2004, all of which performed tolerably and drew blended audits. She worked together for the second

time with Vikram Bhatt in her first discharge Aetbaar. She assumed the part of a young lady who experiences passionate feelings for a maniac. noticed that “… The characters are not persuading, the plot isn’t quick paced or intriguing.” Her next film was Mani

Shankar’s Rudraksh, in light of the Indian epic Ramayana. The film was a catastrophe in the cinematic world and was panned by the

critics.She at that point featured in Rakht as a tarot card peruser attempting to comprehend a murder puzzle. Commentator Shruti Bhasin of Planetbollywood

stated, “Bipasha Basu awes in an alternate look and part.” Her last discharge that year was Anil Sharma’s Madhoshi inverse

John Abraham. Her execution of a rationally shaky lady was for the most part generally welcomed.

In 2005, she showed up in the affection triangle Barsaat nearby Bobby Deol and Priyanka Chopra. Taran Adarsh remarked, “As

an on-screen character, she [Bipasha Basu] shows starts just towards the end.” She featured in the Tamil film, Sachein, which was a hit

and after that in Prakash Jha’s Apaharan, which won the National Film Award for Best Screenplay.In this period, she declined to act

in craftsmanship films because of compensation issues.

Other than acting, Basu did the video “Tu” for Sonu Nigam’s collection, Kismat. She showed up in Jay Sean’s music

video “Stolen”.

2005– 09

Basu set up herself as a performing artist with the achievement of No Entry, Corporate and Dhoom 2. No Entry netted 750 million at

the movies and was the most noteworthy netting film of 2005. Basu assumed the part of a bargirl who goes about as spouse of two men. She

earned a Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress assignment for the film. 2006 saw her star in four noteworthy discharges — Phir

Hera Pheri, Corporate, Omkara and Dhoom 2 — performing admirably fundamentally and financially. Phir Hera Pheri turned into the ninth

most elevated earning film of the year. She was highlighted inverse Akshay Kumar in a huge part of a con lady who takes 10

million from the heroes. In Madhur Bhandarkar’s Corporate, she surrendered her impressive search for the part of a

specialist who has no hesitations in exploiting her sexuality to con the CEO of an adversary organization. She won

honors from commentators for her execution. Commentator Aparna composed, ” she has completed an impressive activity as a yearning lady. The

sort of smarts in a lady that she plays has never been found in India films.”She was designated for the second

time for Filmfare Best Actress Award.

Basu at the dispatch of Filmfare in 2012

In Vishal Bharadwaj’s adjustment of Othello, Omkara, Basu assumed the part of Bianca and was a cameo. She got the

consideration of open with her move number “Beedi”, which was profoundly mainstream in India and abroad. Pundit Rajeev Masand of

CNN-IBN composed, “… Bipasha Basu is gotten to loan oomph and she prevails with regards to doing only that.” Basu beca

Vidya Balan

Vidya Balan ( born 1 January 1979) is an Bollywood actress. She has established a career in Hindi films

and is the recipient of several awards, including a National Film Award, six Filmfare Awards, and six Screen Awards. She was

awarded the Padma Shri by the Government of India in 2014. Vidya is known for portraying strong protagonists and has been

acknowledged in the media for pioneering a change in the concept of a Hindi film heroine.

Vidya aspired to a career in film from a young age, and had her first acting role in the 1995 sitcom Hum Paanch. She pursued a

master’s degree in sociology from the University of Mumbai and simultaneously made several unsuccessful attempts to start a

career in film. She subsequently featured in television commercials and music videos. In 2003 she made her feature film debut

as the protagonist of the independent Bengali drama Bhalo Theko. In 2005 Vidya garnered praise for her first Hindi film, the

drama Parineeta, and followed it with a leading role in the highly successful 2006 comedy film Lage Raho Munna Bhai.

This initial success was followed by roles in the romantic comedies Heyy Babyy (2007) and Kismat Konnection (2008) which

had negative reviews. By 2009 Vidya had established herself as a leading actress of Hindi cinema, as she went on to portray

five consecutive roles to wide critical acclaim in the 2009 drama Paa, the 2010 black comedy Ishqiya, the 2011 semi-

biographical thriller No One Killed Jessica, the 2011 biopic The Dirty Picture, and the 2012 thriller Kahaani. She followed this

with a series of films that performed poorly at the box office, although her performance in Kahaani 2: Durga Rani Singh (2016)

was praised. This changed in 2017 when she starred as a radio jockey in the successful comedy-drama Tumhari Sulu.

In addition to acting in films, Vidya promotes humanitarian causes and supports the empowerment of women. She initially drew

criticism for her fluctuating weight and “questionable” dress sense, but was later credited in the media for “not morphing

herself to fit into any conventional slot”.She became a member of the Indian Central Board of Film Certification in 2017. Vidya is

married to the film producer Siddharth Roy Kapur.

Early life and initial career struggles

Vidya Balan was born on 1 January 1979 in Mumbai, to parents of Tamilian descent. Her father, P. R. Balan, is the executive

vice-president of Digicable and her mother, Saraswathy Balan, is a homemaker. According to Vidya, they speak a mix of

Malayalam and Tamil at home.Her elder sister, Priya Balan, works in advertising. The actress Priyamani is her second cousin.

Vidya grew up in the suburban neighbourhood of Chembur, Mumbai and attended St. Anthony Girls’ High School. From a

young age she aspired to a career in film and was inspired by the work of actors Shabana Azmi and Madhuri Dixit. At the age of

16, she starred in the first season of Ekta Kapoor’s sitcom Hum Paanch as Radhika, a bespectacled teenager.Following the

success of the show, Vidya refused director Anurag Basu’s offer to star in a television soap opera, as she wanted to

concentrate on a film career.Her parents were supportive of the decision but encouraged her to complete her education first.

She attended St. Xavier’s College to pursue a bachelor’s degree in sociology and later earned a master’s degree from the

University of Mumbai.

While pursuing her master’s degree, Vidya was cast as the female lead in the Malayalam film Chakram, opposite Mohanlal and

was subsequently signed on for 12 other Malayalam language films. However, due to production difficulties, Chakram was

shelved. The postponement of a film starring Mohanlal was an unheard of occurrence in Malayalam cinema and producers

blamed Vidya for bringing “bad luck” to the project; labelled her as a “jinx”; and replaced her in the films that she had been

contracted for. She shifted focus to Tamil cinema. In 2001, she was cast as the female lead in N. Linguswamy’s Run (2002).

However, after completing the first shooting schedule, she was unceremoniously dropped and replaced by Meera Jasmine.

She was signed up under false pretences for a sex comedy, a genre she was uncomfortable with, and decided to leave the

project. Thereafter, she signed on for a third Tamil film, Manasellam (2003), but was replaced by Trisha as the director was

dissatisfied with her work. Kalari Vikraman, another Malayalam film that she completed work for in 2003, failed to get a

theatrical release. After failing to start a film career, Vidya appeared in approximately 60 television commercials and in music

videos for Euphoria and Shubha Mudgal; a majority of these were directed by Pradeep Sarkar.

Film debut and breakthrough (2003–2008)
Vidya Balan is looking directly at the camera.
Vidya at the launch of a book based on her film Lage Raho Munna Bhai (2006). The film ranks among her highest-grossing


In 2003, Vidya was signed on by Goutam Halder for his independent Bengali drama Bhalo Theko: her first film release. Her

portrayal of Anandi, a young woman reminiscing about her past, won her an Anandalok Purashkar for Best Actress. Vidya made

her Hindi film debut in 2005 with Pradeep Sarkar’s musical drama Parineeta. Before being cast, she had to undergo extensive

auditions for six months.The film, an adaptation of Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay’s novel of the same name, narrated the love

story of an idealist Lalita (Vidya) and a musician Shekhar (Saif Ali Khan), the son of a capitalist businessman. Her performance

in the film was praised by critics; Derek Elley from Variety wrote, “An acting revelation is Tamil newcomer [Vidya] Balan, whose

devoted but dignified Lalita is the picture’s heart and soul.” Parineeta fetched her a Best Female Debut award and a

nomination for Best Actress at the annual Filmfare Awards ceremony.The following year, Vidya appeared opposite Sanjay Dutt

in Rajkumar Hirani’s comedy film Lage Raho Munna Bhai. She portrayed the role of Jhanvi, a radio jockey and the love interest

of the protagonist Munna Bhai. To prepare for her role, she met with a couple of radio jockeys and watched them at work. Her

performance was critically well received, and the film emerged as a blockbuster with earnings of ₹1.19 billion (US$18 million).

In 2007 Vidya featured in a supporting role in Mani Ratnam’s semi-biographical drama Guru as a woman suffering from multiple

sclerosis. The film, which starred Mithun Chakraborty, Abhishek Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, and R. Madhavan in

leading roles, performed well at the box office. However, film critics Khalid Mohamed and Raja Sen noted that her “talent was

wasted” in a “minuscule role”. Her next release was Nikhil Advani’s Salaam-e-Ishq: A Tribute To Love, a romantic comedy

featuring an ensemble cast, in which she was paired opposite John Abraham. The film, which narrated six love stories, saw

Vidya play the role of a television reporter, Tehzeeb Hussain, suffering from a memory loss condition. The film, which was a

critical and commercial failure, generated positive reviews for Vidya. Sukanya Verma of wrote, “Vidya’s

transformation from a self-assured working woman to a helpless, vulnerable person is superb.”
Vidya Balan is looking directly at the camera.
Vidya at a promotional event for Bhool Bhulaiyaa in 2007

Vidya then took a supporting role in Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s drama Eklavya: The Royal Guard, alongside Amitabh Bachchan,

Boman Irani, Sharmila Tagore, Saif Ali Khan, and Sanjay Dutt. The film, which failed commercially, met with positive critical

reviews and was selected as India’s official entry to the Oscars for the 80th Academy Awards.She was later cast as Isha Sahni,

a single mother, in Sajid Khan’s Heyy Babyy, alongside co-stars Akshay Kumar, Ritesh Deshmukh, and Fardeen Khan. The

comedy was a box-office success but garnered negative reviews from critics, as did Vidya’s performance; CNN-IBN’s Rajeev

Masand criticised her wardrobe and make-up, and considered her the “sore thumb” of the film.

Vidya’s fifth and final film of 2007 was Priyadarshan’s Bhool Bhulaiyaa, a remake of the Malayalam film Manichitrathazhu (1993).

Vidya featured as Avani Chaturvedi (a character played by Shobana in the Malayalam original), a woman suffering from

dissociative identity disorder. Co-starring Shiney Ahuja, Akshay Kumar, and Ameesha Patel, Bhool Bhulaiyaa was a

commercial success with a worldwide revenue of over ₹830 million (US$13 million). Reviewers, while being generally negative

of the film, were appreciative of Vidya’s performance. Writing for Hindustan Times, Khalid Mohamed described her as

“bankably likeable” and Bollywood Hungama’s Taran Adarsh labelled her as “splendid”.The role earned Vidya a second

Filmfare nomination in the Best Actress category.

In 2008’s Halla Bol, Vidya played a supporting role alongside Ajay Devgn and Pankaj Kapur. The story was based on the life of

activist Safdar Hashmi, who was killed by political rivals while performing in a street play (Halla Bol) in 1989. The film was a

critical failure. Later that year, she co-starred with Shahid Kapoor in Aziz Mirza’s romantic comedy Kismat Konnection. Faring

poorly at the box office, the film and her performance generated a negative response; critic Sonia Chopra commented, “[Balan]

is made to look downright drab. The haircut is unflattering, the make-up too plain, the clothes usually in off-white or brown. Plus

the character is repetitive and reminds us of the one she played in Lage Raho Munna Bhai.”
Widespread success (2009–2012)
Vidya at a promotional event for Paa in 2009. She won her first Filmfare Award for Best Actress for the film.

In 2009 Vidya played the role of an unwed gynaecologist struggling with her 12-year-old son’s progeria syndrome, in the R.

Balki-directed dramedy Paa. Amitabh Bachchan played the role of Vidya’s son and Abhishek Bachchan played the title

character. A critical and commercial success, the film has been described as a major turning point in her career. Sukanya

Verma compared her acting style to that of Dimple Kapadia and noted, “Balan is poignant yet restrained and projects an

impressive figure of grace and integrity”; Nikhat Kazmi from The Times of India further argued that Vidya was successful in

lending a “rare dignity to the image of the Bollywood mom.” Her portrayal garnered her several awards, including a Filmfare

Award for Best Actress and a Screen Award for Best Actress.

Vidya followed the success of Paa with the Vishal Bhardwaj-produced Ishqiya (2010), a black comedy directed by debutant

Abhishek Chaubey; co-starring Naseeruddin Shah, Arshad Warsi, and Salman Shahid. Vidya’s role was that of the sexually

manipulative Krishna Verma. Vidya described her character as “an epitome of grey” and a departure from the conventional

portrayal of women in cinema.[52] In preparation for her part, she undertook professional training to speak in the local Uttar

Pradesh-dialect.[53] The feature as well as her performance received critical acclaim. Anupama Chopra of NDTV stated,

“Vidya Balan’s smoldering looks scorch the screen even as her eyes hint at tragedy. She proves that she is miles ahead of the

cookie cutter Barbie dolls that clutter Bollywood and that sensuality has very little to do with showing skin.” Her work in the film

earned Vidya a Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actress, a second consecutive Best Actress award at Screen and a nomination

for Best Actress at Filmfare

Raj Kumar Gupta’s semi-biographical thriller No One Killed Jessica with Rani Mukerji was Vidya’s first release of 2011. The

film, based on the Jessica Lal murder case, saw her portray the real-life character of Sabrina Lal, Jessica’s reticent sister.

While preparing for the role, Vidya did not meet Lal on the insistence of Gupta as “the Sabrina […] today is different from the

Sabrina a decade ago, [when] the story begins”. No One Killed Jessica met with contrasting reviews from critics, but Vidya’s

performance was particularly praised. The Hindu remarked on Vidya’s ability to be “in sublime control over her emotions” and

Savera Someshwar of added that “her hesitant body language, her faith, her helplessness, her rage, her sorrow

and her gratitude all come across beautifully”. The film had earnings of ₹490 million (US$7.5 million) and was noted for being a

commercial success despite the absence of a male lead. Vidya earned another Filmfare nomination in the Best Actress

category for the film. In March 2011, a retrospective of Vidya’s films was held in Australia, as part of the Bollywood and Beyond

festival.That same year, Vidya featured in a guest appearance in Santosh Sivan’s Malayalam language fantasy film Urumi.
Tusshar Kapoor, Vidya Balan and Emraan Hashmi pose for the camera together.
Vidya with co-stars Tusshar Kapoor (left) and Emraan Hashmi at the audio release of The Dirty Picture in 2011. Her

performance earned her a National Film Award for Best Actress.

Vidya’s next appearance was in Ekta Kapoor’s production The Dirty Picture, a biopic based on the life and death of the

controversial Indian actress Silk Smitha. Vidya was cast as Silk, who was—in Vidya’s words—”known for her brazenness and in-

your-face sexuality.” She described the role as the “boldest” she had ever played, one that “required a lot of mental

preparation.” To look the part, she gained 12 kilograms (26 lb).The film opened to major critical acclaim, and Vidya received

unanimous praise for her portrayal which several reviewers regarded as her best performance to date. Khalid Mohamed

observed, “She’s extraordinary: gutsy, consistently in character and unafraid of exposing her darker side. Here’s the kind of

complex performance which you haven’t evidenced in years and years.”Her director Milan Luthria described her as the

contemporary claimant of the “sex-symbol” title and compared her “voluptuousness” to the likes of yesteryear actresses Sridevi

and Vyjayanthimala. The film was eventually declared a blockbuster, earning ₹1.14 billion (US$17 million) worldwideVidya won

a second Filmfare Award, a third consecutive Screen Award, and a National Film Award for Best Actress.