After the title poster, the first look poster of Vidya Balan‘s Begum Jaan is here. And oh boy, Vidya Balan is badass in this one. One look at the her and you know, you don’t want to mess with Begum Jaan. The poster has Vidya Balan sitting on chair in a commanding position and what catches your attentions is the uni-brow she is sporting and those vicious grey eyes. The poster has the caption, “My Body. My House. My Country. My Rules.” And the subtitle states, “When Freedom Fought Independence…”

The first look of the film was posted by film’s producer Mahesh Bhatt and one of the supporting actresses of the film Pallavi Sharda. While Mahesh Bhatt captioned it, “What a woman !!” and in another tweet he wrote, “She will take you to a place in your heart which you may never go !!!” Pallavi Sharda on the other hand posted the image with the caption, “Hamari begum jaan ko milna zaroor! #begumjaanfirstlook”

Check out the poster of the film below:

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She will take you to a place in your heart which you may never go !!!

— Mahesh Bhatt (@MaheshNBhatt) March 7, 2017

Begum Jaan is a Hindi adaptation of stellar Bengali film Rajkahini. The original film saw Rituparna Sengupta in the lead. The original was based in Bengal while Begum Jaan follows the partition of Punjab. Rajkahini was one of the most loved films of 2015. It even won several awards at various international film festivals. Begum Jaan marks the debut of the director of Rajkahini, Srijit Mukherji, in Hindi cinema. All those who have witnessed that hard hitting piece of cinema, should already be excited about this one. Also, you know a film is gonna be great when you have Vidya Balan in it.

Vidya plays the title role of the madam of a brothel in the film, which also stars Naseeruddin Shah, Rajat Kapoor, Gauahar Khan, Pallavi Sharda, Ila Arun, Ashish Vidyarthi and Chunky Pandey.

Top 10 Best Vidya Balan Movies

Parineeta oppositeSaif Ali Khan

Parineeta is a Bollywood film based on the Bengali Novel of the same name by Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay. This Movie was directed by Pradeep Sarkar and produced by Vidhu Vinod Chopra. In this film, Vidya Balan played the role of Lalita who is in love with Shekhar Rai (played by Saif Ali Khan). This film also has Sanjay Dutt, Diya Mirza, Raima Sen and Sabyasachi Chakraborty in important roles. Actress Rekha played a cameo in the movie as a dancer and singer in a nightclub. Parineeta won the National Award for Best Film. Vidya Balan won the Filmfare Award for the Best Debut Female.

Parineeta was a Box office success and has many super hit songs.

Vidya Balan and Sanjay Dutt in Lage Raho Munna Bhai.
Vidya Balan and Sanjay Dutt in Lage Raho Munna Bhai.
 In Lage Raho Munna Bhai, Vidya Balan played the role of Jhanvi, a radio-jockey and love interest of Munna Bhai (played by actor Sanjay Dutt). It was the second film in the popular Munna Bhai series films (the first being Munna Bhai MBBS). This movie was directed by Rajkumar Hirani and produced by Vindhu Vinod Chopra. This film also stars Arshad Warsi, Boman Irani, Dia Mirza, Abhishek Bachchan, Dilip Prabhavalkar, Saurabh Shukla and Kulbhushan Kharbanda. This film won several awards for the Best film of the year.

Lage Raho Munna Bhai which promoted Gandhigiri was a huge Box office success.

Vidya Balan and Abhishek Bachchan in Paa.
Vidya Balan and Abhishek Bachchan in Paa.

In Paa, Vidya Balan played the role of an unwed Mother with a 12 year old son Auro (played by Amitabh Bachchan) having a rare genetic condition known as progeria that results in accelerated aging. Vidya Balan’s character Vidya is a gynecologist. The film is based on on a father-son relationship. The film was directed by R Balki and produced by Sunil Manchanda. The film is also special because the then 66 year old Amitabh Bachchan who is the real father of the then 33 year old Abhishek Bachchan played the role of his son Auro. The film also stars Paresh Rawal, Arundhati Nag and Satyajit Sharma in important roles. Vidya Balan got her first Filmfare Best Actress Award for her role in the film.

Paa was a huge Box office success and was especially liked by children.

Naseeruddin Shah and Vidya Balan in Naseeruddin Shah.
Naseeruddin Shah and Vidya Balan in Naseeruddin Shah.

In Ishqiya, Vidya Balan played the role of Krishna Verma, a widow who seduces two criminals (Iftikhar aka Khalujan played by Naseeruddin Shah and Razzak Hussain aka Babban played by Arshad Warsi) in order to achieve her own secret goal. This film was directed by Abhishek Chaubey and produced by Raman Maroo and Vishal Bhardwaj. The film also stars Salman Shahid, Adil Hussain, Rajesh Sharma and Anupama Kumar.

Though the film was an average performer at the box office, the performances of Vidya Balan, Naseeruddin Shah and Arshad Warsi were appreciated. These Actors also won several Awards for their performance in the movie. A sequal of the movie is supposed to be released soon known as Dedh Ishqiya. However, Vidya Balan may not be part of the movie and may have Kangna Ranaut and Madhuri Dixitas female leads.

Vidya Balan and Rani Mukerji in No One Killed Jessica.
Vidya Balan and Rani Mukerji in No One Killed Jessica.

In No One Killed Jessica based on the controversial Jessica Lal murder case, Vidya Balan played the role of Sabrina Lall, the victim’s sister who teams up with a reporter (Meera Gaity played by Rani Mukerji) to bring her case justice. Myra Karn plays the role of Jessica Lal, a celebrity barmaid who was shot dead by a socialite for refusing the serve him drinks. The film was directed by Raj Kumar Gupta and Produced by Ronnie Screwvala.

No One Killed Jessica was received well by the audience and critics. The performances of Vidya Balan and Rani Mukherjee was appreciated. Even the music of the film was a success.

Vidya Balan and Emraan Hashmi in Dirty Picture.
Vidya Balan and Emraan Hashmi in Dirty Picture.

In The Dirty Picture, Vidya Balan played the role of the provocative and controversial Reshma aka Silk who uses her sexuality for making it big as an actress. The film is based on the life of Silk Smitha, a South Indian sex symbol noted for her erotic roles. Vidya Balan appears in many kissing and intimate scenes in this movie. The film was directed by Milan Luthria and co-produced by Shobha Kapoor and Ekta Kapoor. The film also stars Naseeruddin Shah, Tusshar Kapoor, Emraan Hashmi, Anju Mahendru and Rajesh Sharma in important roles. Vidya Balan won several awards for the film including the National Film Award for Best Actress.

The Dirty Picture was a box-office hit and did well in India and abroad. This film also has some hit songs. This movie was set to be telecast on Sony Entertainment Television but was pulled out as the film is not suitable for prime time viewing despite many cuts made in this adult film. It is said that this picture is going to be remade in Bengali with Rakhi Sawant playing the lead. After the kissing scene with Emraan Hashmi in The Dirty Picture, Vidya would be locking lips with him again in her next film Ghanchakkar.

Vidya Balan in Kahaani.
Vidya Balan in Kahaani.

Kahaani is women centric film. If you thought the acting of Vidya Balan as superb in Paa or Dirty Picture, watch Kahaani. You will be amazed how she gets into the skin of her character Vidya Bagchi. In Kahaani, Vidya Balan played the role of the 7 months pregnant (which she is not) woman who arrives in Kolkata from London during the Durga Puja Festival to find her missing husband. This movie is directed by Sujoy Ghosh and produced by Sujoy Ghosh and Kushal Kantilal Gada. This film also stars Parambrata Chatterjee, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Indraneil Sengupta, Dhritiman Chatterjee,Saswata Chatterjee, Darshan Jariwala and Abir Chatterjee.

Kahaani which was made on a shoestring budget was a huge commercial success.

Shiney Ahuja and Vidya Balan in Bhool Bhulaiyaa.
Shiney Ahuja and Vidya Balan in Bhool Bhulaiyaa.

In Bhool Bhulaiyaa, Vidya Balan played the role of Avni, the wife of an NRI Siddharth (played by Shiney Ahuja) who suffers from Dissociative Identity Disorder. This Movie was the remake of the superhit Malayalam film Manichitrathazhu. It was directed by Priyadarshan and produced by Bhushan Kumar and Kishan Kumar. The movie also stars Akshay Kumar, Ameesha Patel, Paresh Rawal, Malayali Actor Vineeth and Rajpal Yadav in important roles.

Bhool Bhulaiyaa was a Box-office hit despite of being a remake of a film already made in several languages. The performance of Vidya Balan in this picture was appreciated by the viewers and critics.

Vidya Balan and R Madhavan in Guru.
Vidya Balan and R Madhavan in Guru.

Guru is based on the life story of Dhirubhai Ambani. The lead character of Gurukant Desai who dreams of making it big some day is played by Abhishek Bachchan. In Guru, Vidya Balan played the role of Meenakshi Saxena aka Meenu who suffers from multiple sclerosis and is stuck up in the wheelchair. The lip to lip kiss of R Madhavan and Vidya Balan was an incentive for many to see the film. Guru was directed by Mani Ratnam and produced by Mani Ratnam and G Srinivasan. The film also starred Abhishek Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Arya Babbar, Mithun Chakraborty, Rajendra Gupta and Sarita Joshi in pivotal roles.

Guru was a Box office success and has many super hit songs.

Bhaalo Theko

Bhaalo Theko is a Bengali film. In Bhaalo Theko, Vidya Balan played the role of Anandi who is deceived by her boyfriend Babua shine (played by Joy Sengupta). This film was directed by Gautam Halder. This film also stars Soumitra Chatterjee, Parambrata Chatterjee, Debshankar Haldar and Rimjhim Gupta.

Bhalo Theko was screened at the Bangkok film festival and also won Vidya Balan the Anandalok Best Actress Award in 2005 for her performance in the movie.

Have I left any of the Vidya Balan best movies? If you know of any film which deserves a place in this list, feel free to add them through comments.

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