As she completed the 11th year journey in film industry yesterday, the National Award winner is 'grateful' for the opportunities that came her way.

"At one time in life, I wanted just one film release. I would have been happy if I had that one release, (but) I can't believe I have been around for 11 years, (done) all the films that I have been a part of and worked with the people I have looked up to," Vidya says.

Her role in 'Parineeta' was a major departure from the clumsy Radhika to the demure Lalita, and from then there was no looking back.

She tasted success with path-breaking films like 'The Dirty Picture', 'Paa', 'Kahaani', 'Ishqiya' and 'No One Killed Jessica', and also faced failure with movies like 'Ghanchakkar' and 'Shaadi Ke Side Effects'.

"I got great opportunities for myself as an actor, and have got so much appreciation. I feel humbled and blessed," added Vidya, who won the National Film Award for Best Actress for her bold avatar as sex symbol Silk Smitha in 'The Dirty Picture'.

Vidya's latest release is 'TE3N', which hit screens on a day when she celebrates her Bollywood anniversary. While she has a cameo in the Amitabh Bachchan starrer, she has also done a special appearance for Marathi film 'Ekk Albela'-- her debut in the genre.

"I had always wanted to do a Marathi film. I have been born and brought up in Mumbai. I am very familiar with the Maharashtrian culture," she said.

"I have grown up watching Marathi films on Saturday evenings. My mother used to watch them and I also watched a lot of them," Vidya said, pointing out how "somewhere in your work, you bring in the influences from your personal life”.

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