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  Erica Fernandes

Erica Fernandes is an Indian film actress who has appeared in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu language films. Prior to her film career, she took part in the beauty pageant Miss India 2012, finishing in the top ten.

Erica Fernandes was born and brought up in Mumbai, and her parents, Ralph Fernandes, a model and interior designer, and Lavina, had originated from Mangalore, Karnataka. She did her schooling from Holy Cross High School and completed her college from SIES College of Arts, Science, and Commerce, Sion. For further studies, she pursued her Bachelors in Arts from St. Andrew's College, Mumbai. Since 2010, she has taken part in pageants and notably won Pantaloons Femina Miss Maharashtra 2011 amongst other titles

Erica auditioned to play the lead role in S. J...  See full bio

Erica Fernandes is an Indian film actress who has appeared in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu language films. Prior to her film career, she took part in the beauty pageant Miss India 2012, finishing in the top ten.

Erica Fernandes was born and brought up in Mumbai, and her parents, Ralph Fernandes, a model and interior designer, and Lavina, had originated from Mangalore, Karnataka. She did her schooling from Holy Cross High School and completed her college from SIES College of Arts, Science, and Commerce, Sion. For further studies, she pursued her Bachelors in Arts from St. Andrew's College, Mumbai. Since 2010, she has taken part in pageants and notably won Pantaloons Femina Miss Maharashtra 2011 amongst other titles

Erica auditioned to play the lead role in S. J. Surya's Isai but was eventually not picked for the venture. She subsequently was selected to play the lead role in the bilingual Virattu / Dega instead, featuring alongside newcomer Sujiv, son of the director Kumar.

Director Sasi had seen pictures of Erica at Meera Kathiravan’s office, whom she was shooting another film with, when he was casting for Ainthu Ainthu Ainthu. Sasi offered her a role of a software engineer in the film alongside Bharath, who plays her love interest. Due to the delay of her other films, Ainthu Ainthu Ainthu became her first release. In 2014, she made her debut in Kannada with the film Ninnindale featuring alongside Puneet Rajkumar.

Her film with Kathiravan, Vizhithiru is likely to release in 2014 and sees her feature amongst an ensemble cast including Krishna, Venkat Prabhu and Sara Arjun. She will also be seen in Babloo Happy Hai, a Hindi film directed by Nila Madhab Panda.

 
  Keerti Nagpure
Keerti Nagpure is an Indian television actress. Keerti is well known for her role in Parichay.

Keerti Nagpure is an Indian television actress. Keerti is well known for her role in Parichay.

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  Esha Gupta
Esha Gupta is an Indian film actress. She won the Miss India International title in 2007. She represented her country in the Miss International 2007 contest.

Esha Gupta is an Indian film actress. She won the Miss India International title in 2007. She represented her country in the Miss International 2007 contest.

Known For: Jannat 2
 
  Vikram Prabhu
Vikram Prabhu is an Indian film actor who will be seen in Tamil language films. He is the son of Prabhu Ganesan and grandson of the actor Sivaji Ganesan and made his debut in Prabhu Solomon's Kumki (2012).His family also have their own production house with Sivaji Productions, while his uncle Ramkumar is also a leading producer.Vikram Prabhu married Lakshmi Ujjaini, daughter of industrialist M. S. Madhivanan. The wedding saw prominent politicians and film industry personalities in attendance including Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi, leading actors Rajinikanth, Kamal Haasan and Amitabh Bachchan, among others.
Vikram studied in London, completing a MBA programme, and briefly returned to Chennai to help out in the production activities of his family's Sivaji Productions venture, Chandramukhi (2005).He went on to gain further experience by assisting Vi...  See full bio

Vikram Prabhu is an Indian film actor who will be seen in Tamil language films. He is the son of Prabhu Ganesan and grandson of the actor Sivaji Ganesan and made his debut in Prabhu Solomon's Kumki (2012).His family also have their own production house with Sivaji Productions, while his uncle Ramkumar is also a leading producer.Vikram Prabhu married Lakshmi Ujjaini, daughter of industrialist M. S. Madhivanan. The wedding saw prominent politicians and film industry personalities in attendance including Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi, leading actors Rajinikanth, Kamal Haasan and Amitabh Bachchan, among others.
Vikram studied in London, completing a MBA programme, and briefly returned to Chennai to help out in the production activities of his family's Sivaji Productions venture, Chandramukhi (2005).He went on to gain further experience by assisting Vishnuvardhan in Sarvam (2009), before once again assisting in the production works of Aasal (2010).In February 2011, Vikram Prabhu received media coverage for the first time when Sivaji Productions refused to part with the tile Deiva Magan when the makers of Deiva Thirumagal had approached. In June 2011, it was announced that Vikram Prabhu would star in Prabhu Solomon's next venture to be produced by Linguswamy. Titled Kumki, the film was based on elephants and the director thus sent Vikram to an elephant training camp in Otthapalayam in Kerala to get himself accustomed to the animals. Vikram Prabhu then went on to begin work in Sattam Oru Iruttarai, a remake of the 1981 film of the same name, produced by leading actor Vijay. He began filming and played the role originally played by Vijayakanth, of an angry young man who feels that the legal system is flawed. The film, which began production in May 2012, starred him alongside Karthika Nair, Piaa Bajpai and Reemma Sen, while debutant Sneha directs the film.The actor has also agreed terms to star in A. Sarkunam's Kovaththai Alli Konjugiren, which will start after he completes his work in Kumki.

Known For: Kumki
 
  Remya Nambeesan
Remya Nambeesan is an Indian film actress. She made her career debut in 2000 with Sayahnam.  Following performances as a child artiste in several Malayalam films during the early 2000s, she went on to play minor supporting roles, before essaying starring roles since 2006. In 2008, she appeared in her first non-Malayalam project, while receiving critical acclaim for her performances in the films Traffic (2011) and Chaappa Kurish (2011). Besides acting, Remya has occasionally worked as a television presenter and singer as well.

Remya Nambeeshan was born to Subrahmaniam Unni and Jayasree.  Her father is a former theatre artiste, who was an active member of troupes such as "Jubilee" and "Harishree". She has a brother, Rahul, who has also worked as a playback singer in the film Thattathin Marayathu.  Remya studied Communi...  See full bio

Remya Nambeesan is an Indian film actress. She made her career debut in 2000 with Sayahnam.  Following performances as a child artiste in several Malayalam films during the early 2000s, she went on to play minor supporting roles, before essaying starring roles since 2006. In 2008, she appeared in her first non-Malayalam project, while receiving critical acclaim for her performances in the films Traffic (2011) and Chaappa Kurish (2011). Besides acting, Remya has occasionally worked as a television presenter and singer as well.

Remya Nambeeshan was born to Subrahmaniam Unni and Jayasree.  Her father is a former theatre artiste, who was an active member of troupes such as "Jubilee" and "Harishree". She has a brother, Rahul, who has also worked as a playback singer in the film Thattathin Marayathu.  Remya studied Communicative English at the St. Teresa's College, Ernakulam.  She went to Mahatma Gandhi Public School in Ambadimala near Chottanikkara.

Remya first appeared as a child artiste in the critically acclaimed drama film Sayahnam in 2000, directed by R. Sarath.  She further essayed minor supporting roles in the following years in films including Sathyan Anthikad's satire film Narendran Makan Jayakanthan Vaka (2001), the art film Sthithi (2002), under R. Sarath's direction again, and Gramaphone (2003) and Perumazhakkalam (2004), both directed by Kamal.  She collaborated a third time with Sarath for the short film Bhoomikkoru Charamageetham (2006), a cinematic version of a poem by O. N. V. Kurup.

She played her first leading role, as a bold dance teacher, in the 2006 film Aanachandam; it was a highly unsuccessful venture, which went unnoticed soon after its release.  Regarding to her performance in the film, a critic from Rediff noted that she was "refreshing in bits", while another reviewer cited that she was "refreshing enough for a village based flick".  Her subsequent projects, Changathipoocha (2007) and Panthaya Kozhi (2007) released to mixed reviews and offered hardly any scope for her, failing to propel her career.

The next release, Chocolate (2007), which featured Remya as one of three leading females, gained her considerable attention, after the film went on to become a high commercial success.  In 2008, she accepted her first non-Malayalam project, Andamaina Mansulo in Telugu, which was followed by her first Tamil film, the romantic drama Raman Thediya Seethai. Anthiponvettam was her only Malayalam film of 2008, which opened to largely negative reviews, while Remya received positive feedbacks on her performance, with a critic from IndiaGlitz describing her as "a saving grace in the entire movie".

In the following two years, she appeared in just three films. She played the female lead in Saarai Veerraju (2009; Telugu) and Aattanayagann (2010; Tamil) and essayed a minor supporting role in Nammal Thammil (2009; Malayalam)—all of which proved critically and commercially unsuccessful, although her performance in the former was lauded. IndiaGlitz claimed that she was the "best performer" in the film, further adding that she had "raised to the occasion and carried the deglamorised role perfectly".

In 2011, Remya who till then had appeared in a series of repetitive roles as a village belle, undergoing an image makeover, choosing more serious, substantial and versatile roles.  Her first release of that year was Traffic, starring an ensemble cast. Remya portrayed Shwetha, a "stylish seductress", a character with negative shades.  Although her role in the film was short, her performance was appreciated by critics. She next appeared in the thriller film Chaappa Kurish as Sonia, a secretary who has an affair with her colleague. She shot a long kissing scene with her co-star Fahad Fazil in the film – supposedly the first ever in Malayalam cinema — which upon release was termed as controversial, causing a great stir in the industry.

Remya later stated: "An actress should always be ready to take risks if her character demands so. Even when I was aware that the two-minute intense scene could create waves, I was sure that it was inevitable as it suited the plot. A sense of necessity made me accept that scene. I think director Sameer Tahir brought out the best in me. In fact, I enjoyed doing the scene".

She went on to state that she did not regret "doing it"; she further creditted the Tamil film industry for "propelling" her image makeover.  She was part of two Tamil productions, Ilaignan, scripted by former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu M. Karunanidhi, and the romantic comedy Kullanari Koottam. She performed a comical role as Priya, a zoology student, in the latter, and received positive feedback. Pavithra Srinivasan from Rediff noted that she was "pretty, expressive, and does well with what she's been given".  She next appeared in a low-budget Telugu flick by Ravi Babu, Nuvvila, featuring a cast of almost all newcomers, in which she played a "girl with a fetish for cooking".

She is currently filming for one Telugu project, Salamath and three Malayalam films, Pigman, Bachelor Party, in which she will be seen in a "very stylish role", and Ivan Megharoopan that features her in a cameo appearance.  She has also signed up Saji Surendran's comedy flick Husbands in Goa, the sequel to Happy Husbands, in which she will play a "docile wife", and has completed shooting for an offbeat flick by Priyanandan, titled Oru Yathrayil.  Besides, she would reprise her role from the original in the Tamil remake of Traffic.  Her Tamil film, Kavithalayaa Productions' Muriyadi, a remake of the Malayalam sleeper hit Passenger (2009), has been long delayed.

Before her entry into the film industry, she was hosting a phone-in music show Hello, Good Evening on the Malayalam channel Kairali TV.  Having learned carnatic music from her childhood, she has sung several numbers for devotional albums on Chottanikarai Bhagavathi Amman.  In 2011, composer Sharreth called Remya to record a song for the upcoming Malayalam biographical film on P. Kunhiraman Nair, Ivan Megharoopan, after she had expressed her desire to sing to Sharreth at a reality show.  She has further sung playback for her own film Bachelor Party and for a composition by Shaan Rahman for the film Thattathin Marayathu.  She has recently sung for the film "Arikil Oraal".

 
  Aishwarya R. Dhanush
Aishwarya Rajnikanth Dhanush (born 1 January 1982) is an Indian film director and classical dancer. She is the elder daughter of actor Rajinikanth. She made her feature film debut with 3 (2012) starring her husband Dhanush. She has occasionally worked as playback singer, too.

Aishwarya was born as the elder daughter to actor Rajinikanth and Latha Rangachari. She has a younger sister, Soundarya Rajinikanth, who works in the Tamil film industry as well. Aishwarya is married to the Indian film actor Dhanush, with whom she has two sons, Yatra (born 2006) and Linga (born 2010).

She was a judge on STAR Vijay's reality dance competition Jodi Number One in its third season alongside actors Sangeetha and Jeeva. She became a playback singer after singing a song in the film Whistle alongside Silambarasan, which was then followed by another stint in pla...  See full bio

Aishwarya Rajnikanth Dhanush (born 1 January 1982) is an Indian film director and classical dancer. She is the elder daughter of actor Rajinikanth. She made her feature film debut with 3 (2012) starring her husband Dhanush. She has occasionally worked as playback singer, too.

Aishwarya was born as the elder daughter to actor Rajinikanth and Latha Rangachari. She has a younger sister, Soundarya Rajinikanth, who works in the Tamil film industry as well. Aishwarya is married to the Indian film actor Dhanush, with whom she has two sons, Yatra (born 2006) and Linga (born 2010).

She was a judge on STAR Vijay's reality dance competition Jodi Number One in its third season alongside actors Sangeetha and Jeeva. She became a playback singer after singing a song in the film Whistle alongside Silambarasan, which was then followed by another stint in playback singing with the song "Un Mela Aasadhan" in the film Aayirathil Oruvan, for which she also worked as an assistant director.

In August 2011, she announced that she would direct her husband and Shruti Haasan in her first feature film titled 3, with Dhanush going on to clarify that it would be his only film under his wife's direction. The film gained high anticipation prior to release after the song "Why This Kolaveri Di" from its soundtrack, composed by her cousin Anirudh Ravichander, went viral and became an internet phenomenon. She appeared alongside the lead cast and composer in the making of the video.

Known For: 3
 
  Vimal
Vimal is an Indian film actor, who appears in Tamil films. Following cameo appearances in the Vijay-starrer Ghilli and Kuruvi and Ajith Kumar's Kireedam, he played the lead role in Pandiraj's critically acclaimed Pasanga.  Subsequently, he played lead roles in several low-budget productions.

Vimal was born in Pannankombu, a village near Manapparai and later moved to Chennai. He discontinued his studies and began learning dancing and joined the Koothu-P-Pattarai, a theatre group in Chennai.

While being a part of Koothu-P-Pattarai, Vimal was appearing in uncredited roles in several high-profile Tamil films, including Ghilli (2004), Kireedam (2007) and Kuruvi (2008), starring noted lead actors Vijay and Ajith Kumar. He essayed his first leading role in Pasanga (2008), directed by Pandiraj, in which he played Meenakshisun...  See full bio

Vimal is an Indian film actor, who appears in Tamil films. Following cameo appearances in the Vijay-starrer Ghilli and Kuruvi and Ajith Kumar's Kireedam, he played the lead role in Pandiraj's critically acclaimed Pasanga.  Subsequently, he played lead roles in several low-budget productions.

Vimal was born in Pannankombu, a village near Manapparai and later moved to Chennai. He discontinued his studies and began learning dancing and joined the Koothu-P-Pattarai, a theatre group in Chennai.

While being a part of Koothu-P-Pattarai, Vimal was appearing in uncredited roles in several high-profile Tamil films, including Ghilli (2004), Kireedam (2007) and Kuruvi (2008), starring noted lead actors Vijay and Ajith Kumar. He essayed his first leading role in Pasanga (2008), directed by Pandiraj, in which he played Meenakshisundaram, an insurance agent.  The film won critical acclaim, while his performance was well-received. He next appeared in A. Sarkunam's comedy entertainer Kalavani (2010) which went on to become a sleeper hit.

His other 2010 film was Maattuthaavani which was long-delayed and went unnoticed. In 2011, he acted in three films, Cloud Nine Movies' Thoonga Nagaram, Eththan and Vaagai Sooda Vaa, which saw him collaborating with A. Sarkunam again. Vaagai Sooda Vaa was a period piece set in the 1960s, with Vimal playing a village teacher named Veluthambi.

Vimal is currently working on more than half-a-dozen projects. His next release is touted to be Ishtam, a remake of Telugu hit Yemaindhi Ee Vela, in which he plays an urban character for the first time.  He is shooting for comedy films Anaithukkum Aasaipadu and UTV's Kalakalappu under Sundar C's direction that features an ensemble cast.  Vimal has also signed Unmai Sonnal Nesippaya, a film based on real incidents to be directed by newcomer Ravi.  C. S. Amudhan's Rendavathu Padam co-starring Richard Rishi and Aravind Akash.  Besides he has been roped in for two yet-to-be-titled ventures, to be directed by Thirumurugan, who played villain in his film Kalavani, and Padmamagan.

He appeared in the Indian cricket league advertisement for Chennai Superstars as a stylish batsman.

Actor Vimal was born to Narasimhan and Ramani.

On December 12, 2010, he married his childhood lover, a medical college student Akshaya (Priyadarshini) in a simple manner at Swamimalai Murugan Temple in Kumbakonam.  Vimal said that he felt love with Akshaya, who was a relative of Vimal, by mid-June 2009. Since Akshaya's parents allegedly opposed their affair, saying they were not interested in their daughter marrying an actor., the pair decided to elope. The couple have a son. Vimal is currently living in Virugambakkam in chennai.

 
  Jai Akash
Jai Akash is an Tamil film actor and Director. He has appeared in Tamil films in leading and supporting roles.Jai Akash began his career with Rojavaanam before shifting to Telugu films. His first film in Telugu "Anandam" was a super hit,directed by Sreenu Vaitla. Then, did "Anandam Anandamayae, which he teamed up with same Sreenu Vaitla and Ramoji Film City,another super hit. He acted in almost twenty four films in Telugu, tamil, and Kannada. His first directorial venture Sweet Heart became very successful. Now, he is acting and directing in a film called Mr Rajesh - The Killer, where he plays seven characters.

Jai Akash is an Tamil film actor and Director. He has appeared in Tamil films in leading and supporting roles.Jai Akash began his career with Rojavaanam before shifting to Telugu films. His first film in Telugu "Anandam" was a super hit,directed by Sreenu Vaitla. Then, did "Anandam Anandamayae, which he teamed up with same Sreenu Vaitla and Ramoji Film City,another super hit. He acted in almost twenty four films in Telugu, tamil, and Kannada. His first directorial venture Sweet Heart became very successful. Now, he is acting and directing in a film called Mr Rajesh - The Killer, where he plays seven characters.

Known For: Madhan
 
  Vidya Balan
Vidya Balan was born on January 1, 1978 in Ottapalam, a town in the Palakkad District of Kerala, to P. R. Balan, Vice President of ETC India, and Saraswathy Balan, a homemaker.  

According to Balan, they speak "a mix of Tamil and Malayalam" at home, but she is also well versed in Hindi, Marathi, English and Bengali. Her sister, Priya Balan, and brother-in-law are both in advertising.

She did her schooling at Mumbai's St. Anthony Girls' High School, and later attended St. Xavier's College where she pursued a bachelor's degree in sociology. Following her graduation, she pursued a master's degree in sociology from the University of Mumbai. Balan wanted to pursue a career in film from a young age and describes actors Shabana Azmi and Smita Patil as her inspirations. Her parents were supportive of her decision to become an a...  See full bio

Vidya Balan was born on January 1, 1978 in Ottapalam, a town in the Palakkad District of Kerala, to P. R. Balan, Vice President of ETC India, and Saraswathy Balan, a homemaker.  

According to Balan, they speak "a mix of Tamil and Malayalam" at home, but she is also well versed in Hindi, Marathi, English and Bengali. Her sister, Priya Balan, and brother-in-law are both in advertising.

She did her schooling at Mumbai's St. Anthony Girls' High School, and later attended St. Xavier's College where she pursued a bachelor's degree in sociology. Following her graduation, she pursued a master's degree in sociology from the University of Mumbai. Balan wanted to pursue a career in film from a young age and describes actors Shabana Azmi and Smita Patil as her inspirations. Her parents were supportive of her decision to become an actor, but encouraged her too complete her education first. At the age of sixteen, Balan auditioned for and starred briefly in Ekta Kapoor's sitcom Hum Paanch, as Radhika, a bespectacled nerd. Following the success of the show, Balan refused Anurag Basu's offer to star as the lead of a television soap opera, as she wanted to make a career in film.

While pursuing her master degree, Balan auditioned for and won the lead role in the Malayalam film Chakram, opposite Mohanlal. However, due to production difficulties, the film was shelved. She was subsequently signed for the Tamil film, Run (2002), but after completing the first schedule, she was dropped and replaced by Meera Jasmine, for undisclosed reasons. She was also the first choice for the female lead in the film Manasellam (2003), but was replaced by Trisha Krishnan during production. Due to these reasons, film producers labelled her as a "jinx" and replaced her in all the twelve films that she had signed.

After failing to start a film career, Balan appeared in around sixty television commercials and agreed to act in music videos for Euphoria and Shubha Mudgal, a majority of which were directed by Pradeep Sarkar. However, in 2003, she was signed by Goutam Halder for her first starring role in the Bengali independent film Bhalo Theko, for which she won the Anandalok Puroshkar for Best Actress.

In 2005, Balan made her Hindi film debut with Pradeep Sarkar's musical drama Parineeta. Before being cast for the film, Balan had to undergo extensive auditions for a period of 6 months. The film, an adaptation of Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay's novel of the same name, narrated the love story of an idealist Lalita (Balan) and an egoist Shekhar (Saif Ali Khan), the son of a capitalist businessman. Upon release, her performance in the film was acclaimed by critics, with Derek Elley from Variety writing, " An acting revelation is Tamil newcomer Balan, whose devoted but dignified Lalita is the picture's heart and soul." She eventually won a Best Debut (Female) award and received a nomination for Best Actress at the Filmfare Awards ceremony.

The following year, Balan appeared opposite Sanjay Dutt in Rajkumar Hirani's musical comedy film Lage Raho Munna Bhai. She portrayed the role of Jhanvi, a radio-jockey and the love interest of the protagonist Munna Bhai. In order to prepare for her role, she met with a couple of radio jockeys and watched them at work. Once again her performance was well received by critics and the film became the second highest grossing film of the year with a net total of 118.57 crore (US$21.46 million).

In 2007, Balan featured in a supporting role in Mani Ratnam's semi-biographic 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 "[Balan's] talent was wasted" in a "minuscule role". Her next release was Nikhil Advani's multi-starrer romance Salaam-e-Ishq: A Tribute To Love opposite John Abraham. The film, which narrated six individual love stories, saw Balan play the role of a television reporter, Tehzeeb Hussain, suffering from a memory loss condition. The film, which was a critical and commercial failure, however generated positive reviews for Balan with Sukanya Verma of Rediff.com writing, "Vidya's transformation from a self-assured working woman to a helpless, vulnerable person is superb." She subsequently featured in Vidhu Vinod Chopra's suspense thriller Eklavya: The Royal Guard alongside Amitabh Bachchan, Boman Irani, Sharmila Tagore, Saif Ali Khan and Sanjay Dutt. The film, which flopped commercially, met with positive critical reviews and was selected as India's official entry to the Oscars for the 80th Academy Awards.

Balan next appeared in a leading role in Sajid Khan's comedy Heyy Babyy as Isha Sahni, a deceived, single mother. The film which also featured Akshay Kumar, Ritesh Deshmukh and Fardeen Khan emerged as a box-office success with a worldwide gross of 83.68 crore (US$15.15 million),, but critics were negative about the film as well as Balan's performance. Critic Rajeev Masand mentioned her as the "sore thumb" of the film, while members of the media criticized her wardrobe and make-up. Her final film in 2007 was Priyadarshan's psychological thriller Bhool Bhulaiyaa alongside Shiney Ahuja, Akshay Kumar and Ameesha Patel. Her performance in the film as a woman suffering from dissociative identity disorder was praised with Taran Adarsh commenting, "Vidya is splendid, especially in the second hour". The film eventually earned 84 crore (US$15.2 million) worldwide and among several nominations, fetched Balan her second Filmfare nomination in the Best Actress category.

In 2008, she featured in a small role in Rajkumar Santoshi's male-dominated social film Halla Bol alongside Ajay Devgan and Pankaj Kapur. The film was a reference to "Jan Natya Manch", whose leader, the theater activist, Safdar Hashmi was killed by political rivals while performing a street play by the same name in 1989. Upon release, the film as well as her performance received a mixed response. Her next role was in Aziz Mirza's romantic comedy Kismat Konnection opposite Shahid Kapoor. Balan received mixed comments from critics for her performance of Priya, with critic Sonia Chopra writing, "Vidya gives [an] endearing performance, but 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 Munnabhai." The film eventually underperformed at the box-office.

In 2009, Balan played the role of Vidya, a young independent gynecologist who is also a single-mother struggling with her 12-year-old son's progeria syndrome, in Paa. Amitabh Bachchan played the role of Auro, Balan's son while Abhishek Bachchan played the titular character. The film was received well by critics and so was Balan's performance. Sukanya Verma wrote, "Vidya Balan slips into the skin of a doting mom with such ease without the mollycoddling tone Bollywood's young mothers often resort to. Balan is poignant yet restrained and projects an impressive figure of grace and integrity, reminiscent of Dimple Kapadia in the 1980s."; Nikhat Kazmi from The Times of India noted, "Balan lends a rare dignity to the image of the Bollywood mom. With her quiet grace and controlled emotions, she is Mother Courage incarnate." Her portrayal ultimately won her a Filmfare Award for Best Actress and a Star Screen Award for Best Actress, among other awards. The film became a major turning point in her career and brought a new level of seriousness to her work.

Balan followed the success of Paa with Vishal Bhardwaj's drama Ishqiya, directed by debutante Abhishek Chaubey and co-starring Naseeruddin Shah, Arshad Warsi and Salman Shahid. Balan's role was that of Krishna Verma, a sexually manipulative abandoned wife. Her character was described as a femme fatale, and her performance was applauded by critics, with NDTV's Anupama Chopra writing, "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." A review carried by The Telegraph mentioned, " Vidya makes Krishna such a fascinating character by never letting you know what’s going on in her head. She sucks one man’s thumb, she dresses the other man’s wound. She puts her head on one man’s shoulder, she draws the other man to her bed. In your bid to find out who she really wants, you will fall in love with Krishna."  Her work in the film brought her several more awards the following year including a Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actress and a second consecutive Star Screen Award for Best Actress.

Balan's first release of 2011 was Raj Kumar Gupta's semi-biographic thriller No One Killed Jessica alongside Rani Mukerji. The film, based on the Jessica Lal murder case saw Balan play the first real-life character of her career, that of Sabrina Lal, Jessica's reticent sister, in search for justice. While preparing for her role, Balan avoided meeting Lal on the insistent of Gupta. She said, "Sabrina is an icon today. He (Gupta) said that the Sabrina we see today is different from the Sabrina a decade ago, when she had just lost her sister. This story begins at the time when Jessica is murdered." No One Killed Jessica as well as Balan's work earned positive reviews, with Anupama Chopra commenting, "Unlike her glamorous, party-girl sister [Jessica], Sabrina is painfully plain and sober. Wearing drab clothes and spectacles, Vidya is a portrait of anguish and strength." The film had a worldwide gross of 49 crore (US$8.87 million) and was noted for being a commercial success, despite the absence of a male lead. Balan eventually earned another Filmfare nomination in the Best Actress category. In March 2011, a retrospective of Balan's films was held in Australia, for the film festival, Bollywood & Beyond.

December 2011 saw the release of Ekta Kapoor's The Dirty Picture, a biopic based on the life and death of the controversial Indian actress Silk Smitha. Balan was cast as Silk, who was—in Balan'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," and in order to look the part, she gained 12 kg. The film opened to major critical acclaim, and Balan 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. This award-winning act bookended by her contrasting portrayal in No One Killed Jessica, reaffirms her as the finest artiste on the scene today." 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 with a total gross of 117 crore (US$21.18 million), emerging as the biggest opening ever for a women-oriented film in the history of Indian Cinema. Balan won her first National Film Award for Best Actress, a second Filmfare Award for Best Actress and a third consecutive Screen Award for Best Actress that year along with several other awards in the same category for her performance in the film.

In March 2012, Balan featured as Vidya Bagchi, a pregnant woman in search of her missing husband in Sujoy Ghosh's Kahaani. The thriller, set in the city of Kolkata during the Durga Puja festivities earned Balan further accolades from film critics. Taran Adarsh mentioned, "Vidya, very nonchalantly, re-evaluates screen acting in Kahaani. She arrives with yet another enlivening, commanding character in this film and her portrayal of an expecting, frantic lady on a mission to trace her husband's inexplicable vanishing in an unfamiliar land is sure to win laurels by assessors and cinegoers uniformly. This is indeed Vidya's most eye-catching act. Her body language, her confidence, her vulnerability, her fury, her grief, all fall upon wonderfully." Rediff.com reviewed, "Vidya Balan has the gravitas to excel in a role that requires her to be sensible, adamant, sharp, vulnerable and pregnant. Like she's done with every subsequent release, Balan replaces the memory of her last performance (The Dirty Picture) with a sparkling new one. It's not a showy, act-out-loud delivery and that's what makes it so seamless." Kahaani emerged as a major commercial success both at the domestic and international box office, with a lifetime gross of 104 crore (US$18.82 million).

As of August 2012, Balan has been signed on for Raj Kumar Gupta's Ghanchakkar alongside Emraan Hashmi and Saket Chaudhary's Shaadi Ke Side Effects alongside Farhan Akhtar.

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Shankar Dayal is an indian film director in Tamil and Telugu Industries. His film is bilingual movie Sakuni.Karthi Plays Leading role in Saguni.Pranita is the heroine.The director Shankar Dayal hails from Nandyal but has been born and brought up in Chennai. He has studied English Literature and Law but passion for directing a film took over both the subjects.

Shankar Dayal is an indian film director in Tamil and Telugu Industries. His film is bilingual movie Sakuni.Karthi Plays Leading role in Saguni.Pranita is the heroine.The director Shankar Dayal hails from Nandyal but has been born and brought up in Chennai. He has studied English Literature and Law but passion for directing a film took over both the subjects.

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