Vidya was born in Palghat, Kerala, India. Her family consists of herdad, P. R. Balan, who is the Vice-President of ETC Channel; mom - ahome-maker, and an elder sister, Priya, who is married to Kedar.
Shealso has an aunt by the name of Raji Raju. The Balan family re-located to live at Road No. 11, near AmbedkarGarden, Chembur, Bombay, when Vidya was very young. She studied in St. Anthony's Convent School, and thereafter in St.
Xavier's College fromwhere she obtained a degree in Sociology. She then went on to obtain aMasters degree in Sociology from Bombay University. She also studied and performed in Prithvi Theaters' workshops. Due totradition of most Tamil-Iyer families, Vidya and her Priya learnedCarnatic dance form during their early childhood days, but Vidya optedout as the dance classes took place early on Sunday mornings and as sheis not an early riser. Considerably overweight, rather tomboyish, during her school-days, andan ardent fan of Shahrukh Khan, she decided to shed those extra poundswhen she elected to opt for modeling and movies.
Facing disappointment after being rejected by a Tamil producer, shenevertheless persisted until she got her first break with a Malyalammovie 'Chakram' opposite Mohanlal, however, the project was shelved,and she had to wait until 1998 to debut in a Surf Excel commercial. Shethen went on to appear in several commercials directed by PradeepSarkar. She completed nearly 90 such ads. She appeared in three music videos for Pankaj Udhas, Euphoria, andShubha Mudgal in supporting roles. She then also appeared in two TVserials Ekta Kapoor's 'Hum Paanch', and Ashok Pandit's 'Hanste Khelte'.
During 2003 she was signed-up to play a role in a Bengali movie 'BhaaloTheko' opposite Joy Sengupta. This project was completed during theyear 2006, and was a considerable hit. Then during 2006 Vidya was approached by Vidhu Vinod Chopra during apop-concert in Mumbai to play a lead role in 'Parineeta'. She then hadto undergo 17 make-up shoots and 40 screen tests before being chosenfor this role. All this hard work did result in success as 'Parineeta'was very well received so much so that the Tamil producer, who hadpreviously rejected her, invited her to appear in a 'Dasavatharam'opposite Kamal Hassan, and now it was Vidya's turn to reject this offerwhich eventually went to 'Asin'.
Apart from acting, Vidya occupies herself for supporting education foryoung Indians by promoting children's' books; is associated withAmericans for Aids Research; with Hale House - that provides supportand housing for children born with HIV and drug abuse; as well ashosting forums and attending events for Harvard Aids Institute. When she was single, she was never involved in any scandal and claimedto get along well with both female and male friends. In 2012, shemarried producer 'Siddharth Roy Kapur' An ardent devotee of Bhagwan Shri Sai Baba, she makes it a point toattend Mandirs every Thursday. She is proficient in Tamil, Malyalam,Hindi, English, Bengali, and can also read Urdu. .
|1||Ghanchakkar||2013||as Neetu Atre (Mrs. Ghanchakkar)|
|2||Zee Cine Awards 2012||2012||as Herself - Winner Best Actor ( Female ) / Jury Award For Best Actress|
|3||Meelo Evaru Koteeswarudu||2014||as Herself - Guest|
|4||55th Idea Filmfare Awards||2010||as Herself|
|5||Bhalo Theko||2003||as Anandi|
|6||Bhool Bhulaiyaa||2007||as Avni Chaturvedi|
|7||Bobby Jasoos||2014||as Bobby|
|8||Bombay Talkies||2013||as Herself|
|9||Dum Maaro Dum||2011||as Mrs. Kamath|
|11||Ferrari Ki Sawaari||2012||as Laavni Dancer|
|12||Guru||2007||as Meenakshi Gupta|
|13||Halla Bol||2008||as Sneha|
|14||Hamari Adhuri Kahaani||2015||as Vasudha|
|15||Heyy Babyy||2007||as Isha Sahni|
|17||Kahaani||2012||as Vidya Venkatesan-Bagchi|
|18||Kahaani 2||2017||as Vidya Venkatesan-Bagchi|
|19||Kismat Konnection||2008||as Priya|
|20||Lage Raho Munna Bhai||2006||as Jhanvi|
|22||No One Killed Jessica||2011||as Sabrina Lall|
|23||Om Shanti Om||2007||as Herself|
|24||Once Upon a Time in Mumbai Dobaara!||2013||as Woman in Burqa (song 'Tayyab Ali')|
|25||Paa||2009||as Dr. Vidya|
|28||Salaam-E-Ishq||2007||as Tehzeeb Hussain|
|29||Shaadi Ke Side Effects||2014||as Trisha|
|30||The Dirty Picture||2011||as Reshma/Silk|
|32||Hum Paanch||1995||as Radhika Mathur (2000)|
|33||Koffee with Karan||2004||as Herself - Guest|