Actress Vidya Balan is from a non-film background. After appearing in various TV ads and music videos, she arrived in Bollywood as the protagonist in Parineeta, starring opposite Saif Ali Khan and Sanjay Dutt. She has acted in comedies and dramas and is considered a promising actress. Though all her films haven't enjoyed commercial success, her roles have always been appreciated.
Vidya has been linked to a number of her co-stars including John Abraham and Shahid Kapur, but she has strongly denied the allegations.