Vidya graduated with a degree in sociology and started her career starring in music videos, TV shows and commercials. She debuted with the independent Bengali drama Bhalo Theko in the year 2003. Her acting in the movie Parineeta recieved positive reviews, and she then acted in the blockbuster Lage Raho Munna Bhai apart from other movies like Guru, Heyy Babyy and Bhool Bhulaiyaa.

She was praised for her roles in On, Ishqiya, No One Killed Jessica, The Dirty Picture and Kahaani. She established herself as one of the leading contemporary actresses in Bollywood when she received a National Film Award for Best Actress and five Filmfare Awards.

In March 2012 She played the role of Mrs Bagchi, a pregnant woman searching of her missing husband in the movie Kahaani. The role earned her several awards from film critics.

Born in Ottapalam, Palakkad District, Kerala, she spoke Tamil and Malayalam at home, but was well versed in Hindi, English and Bengali.

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