"I'm thrilled. I'm overjoyed. I'm overwhelmed. I'm honoured. I'm humbled.....! I'm running out of words to express my feelings and gratitude," Vidya said.

"To be receiving this honour from the government of my country is a matter of great pride for me and I dedicate this award to my family who make me, me," she added.

Vidya featured on the small screen entertainer 'Hum Paanch' before taking baby steps into the big Bollywood world.

She made her cinematic debut in 2005 with 'Parineeta', an adaptation of a 1914 eponymous Bengali novel. She then proved her versatility film after film. Her strong presence and performance in films like 'Paa', 'Ishqiya', 'No One Killed Jessica' and 'Kahaani' have made her a sought after name in the Hindi film industry.

Her most power-packed performance came in the form of 'The Dirty Picture', where her portrayal of southern sex siren Silk Smitha won her a best actress National award.

In 2012, she married Siddharth Roy Kapur, managing director of Studios, Disney UTV.


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