Many believe that Bollywood is a male dominated industry. Our heroes practically never retire, even after turning 65-year-old, they romance actresses half their age or even those who are of their daughter's age. They debut as a hero and even retire as a hero but our actresses they might debut as the leading lady but end up playing mother to heroes almost their own age.
But gone are the days when our female protagonists played only the second fiddle or damsel in distress waiting to be rescued by the macho hero. Times have changed so have the tide and trends in Bollywood.
Over the years we have seen many actresses, who have left an indelible mark in Bollywood, thanks to their commendable body of work.
In today's time if there is one actress, who has never moulded herself in any of the conventional stereotypes, then it has to be Vidya Balan. She made her Bollywood debut in 2005 with PARINEETA, bagged the best female debut and post that there was no looking back.
The versatile actress has always played characters which the industry generally doesn't expect an A-lister actress to do. Time and again Vidya has proved that why she isn't any damsel in distress waiting to be rescued by prince charming or a woman whose existence is asserted only by the males she is surrounded by. This year the bold and beautiful actress completed 11 years in Bollywood and is all geared up for her next release KAHAANI 2: Durga Rani Singh.
We bring you 10 films of Vidya Balan, where she broke away from all the existing norms of the society and proved her mettle.
Vidya made her debut with this musical-romantic drama film and effortlessly made her way into viewer's heart and mind by playing the Bong beauty Lolita, who loves poetry and music. In her debut film itself Vidya proved that she is a commendable actress.