Vidya Balan has come a long way! This  1st January, 1978 born Bollywood actress has had to do a whole lot of soul searching and face a barrage of criticism from her colleagues and media, in search of her own identity to become a powerhouse in her own right.

Vidya Balan Brooding in Black

Vidya Balan Brooding in Black

When Vidya was a relative newbie in the Bollywood Film Industry, she tried to follow the usual norm of a mainstream Hindi film actress, despite the hit period film Parineeta to her credit, and tried to ape the prevailing fashion trends in the industry. But, she was not only dismayed, but flummoxed when her choice of clothes was brutally laughed at by those around her. There was even one time when she had to sportingly face jokes made at her expense by the star hosts at the widely watched Filmfare Awards Ceremony.

Leading fashion designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee can be said to have had a very definitive influence on the next phase in her life and a creation of a new identity. He draped her in Indian drapes and sarees that celebrated her curves and her very Indian voluptuous figure. Vidya Balan was reborn with new confidence; a confidence that didn’t rely on shallow exterior definitions, but gave her the withal to approach any kind of roles in films with the utmost confidence in her own acting skills.

Vidya Balan Looking Great in Grey

Vidya Balan Looking Great in Grey

Vidya Balan Waking Up To New Opportunities

Vidya Balan Waking Up To New Opportunities

These days people and the media don’t waste reams of pages on whether Vidya has gained weight or not, or even what clothes she is wearing, but hail her as an industry icon.

Vidya Balan Perky and Pretty

Vidya Balan Perky and Pretty

 

Vidya Balan has single-handedly empowered millions of young Indian women to feel comfortable in their bodies and sexuality. She has made it cool to not be a slim, western silhouette, but be happy in your own identity.

Vidya Balan In The Limelight

Vidya Balan In The Limelight

Vidya Balan Dancing Her Way to The Top

Vidya Balan Dancing Her Way to The Top

Vidya Balan Elegant In Brown

Vidya Balan Elegant In Brown

Vidya Balan In Black and Blue

Vidya Balan In Black and Grey

Vidya Balan Posing in Black

Vidya Balan Posing in Black