Vidya Balan’s style evolution: from drab to fab!

Wed Jan 01 2014, 12:40 hrs
One of Bollywood’s most talented actresses, Vidya Balan has finally made her mark both in films and fashion. When it comes to style, the actress seems to have found her foothold with the traditional 9 yards. However, she has experimented both successfully and not-so successfully along the way. As Vidya Balan turns a year older today, January 1, we go back in time and examine her style quotient so far.
One of Bollywood’s most talented actresses, Vidya Balan has finally made her mark both in films and fashion. When it comes to style, the actress seems to have found her foothold with the traditional 9 yards. However, she has experimented both successfully and not-so successfully along the way. As Vidya Balan turns a year older today, January 1, we go back in time and examine her style quotient so far.
Vidya Balan began her journey as the geeky character ‘Radhika Mathur’ on Television show, ‘Hum Paanch’ in 1995. She was later seen in a few commercials and Bengali film ‘Bhalo Theko’ in 2003. During her ‘Hum Paanch’ days, the actress mostly seemed to have a tomboyish look with little regard for what she wore.
Vidya Balan began her journey as the geeky character ‘Radhika Mathur’ on Television show, ‘Hum Paanch’ in 1995. She was later seen in a few commercials and Bengali film ‘Bhalo Theko’ in 2003. During her ‘Hum Paanch’ days, the actress mostly seemed to have a tomboyish look with little regard for what she wore.
 In 2005, Vidya Balan landed her big break with her Bollywood debut film ‘Parineeta’. The film saw her in a series of beautiful saris that suited the actress. While promoting the film, Vidya Balan mostly chose to wear traditional salwar suits. Though she looked nice in the desi avatar, the look lacked the glam quotient.
In 2005, Vidya Balan landed her big break with her Bollywood debut film ‘Parineeta’. The film saw her in a series of beautiful saris that suited the actress. While promoting the film, Vidya Balan mostly chose to wear traditional salwar suits. Though she looked nice in the desi avatar, the look lacked the glam quotient.
Initially, Vidya Balan’s favourite color seemed to be black. Though black is considered to be classy and if worn well, an absolute winner especially for occasions, Vidya Balan  mostly disappointed us with the colour. In both looks, the hideous tights seem to be doing little to flatter her figure.
Initially, Vidya Balan’s favourite color seemed to be black. Though black is considered to be classy and if worn well, an absolute winner especially for occasions, Vidya Balan mostly disappointed us with the colour. In both looks, the hideous tights seem to be doing little to flatter her figure.
The actress made a wise fashion choice when she switched to creations by designer Sabyasachi. Keeping in the mid, the outfit’s bright colours, Vidya Balan looks stunning in a no-jewellery look. The actress also donned a beautiful green Sabyasachi sari for the screening of her 2005 film ‘Parineeta’.
The actress made a wise fashion choice when she switched to creations by designer Sabyasachi. Keeping in the mid, the outfit’s bright colours, Vidya Balan looks stunning in a no-jewellery look. The actress also donned a beautiful green Sabyasachi sari for the screening of her 2005 film ‘Parineeta’.
But once again, Vidya Balan made a serious fashion faux-pas when she opted this bright orange blingy look for an awards show. She was even panned for her dressing style by the award show's hosts Saif and SRK.
But once again, Vidya Balan made a serious fashion faux-pas when she opted this bright orange blingy look for an awards show. She was even panned for her dressing style by the award show's hosts Saif and SRK.
Vidya Balan looked pretty when she flaunted her slim and trim figure in an immaculate white creation paired with silver strappy sandals for Daboo Ratnani’s calendar launch in 2009.Vidya  Balan proved once again that she’s headed in the right direction in this pretty yet dressy white and silver outfit at the premiere of Slumdog Millionaire.
Vidya Balan looked pretty when she flaunted her slim and trim figure in an immaculate white creation paired with silver strappy sandals for Daboo Ratnani’s calendar launch in 2009.
Vidya Balan proved once again that she’s headed in the right direction in this pretty yet dressy white and silver outfit at the premiere of Slumdog Millionaire.
Though Vidya looks charming and elegant in this cream sari by Sabyasachi, there’s a feeling that we’ve seen it before. Arty printed saris by the designer seem to have become Vidya’s favourite.
Though Vidya looks charming and elegant in this cream sari by Sabyasachi, there’s a feeling that we’ve seen it before. Arty printed saris by the designer seem to have become Vidya’s favourite.
This is one of Vidya’s best looks hands down. She opted for an orange sheer sari by Sabyasachi for the 55th Filmfare Awards. The actress wisely chose to give jewellery a miss and opted for rudhraksha beads instead. We love!
This is one of Vidya’s best looks hands down. She opted for an orange sheer sari by Sabyasachi for the 55th Filmfare Awards. The actress wisely chose to give jewellery a miss and opted for rudhraksha beads instead. We love!
It was a refreshing change to see Vidya Balan in a simple white tunic and grey pants for a film promotion. The glasses give her a very ‘in-character’ look which worked well in her favor.
It was a refreshing change to see Vidya Balan in a simple white tunic and grey pants for a film promotion. The glasses give her a very ‘in-character’ look which worked well in her favor.
Unlike most actresses, Vidya donned a very ‘in character’ look for her ‘Dirty Picture’ promotions and donned bright coloured loud saris. We aren’t too amused!
Unlike most actresses, Vidya donned a very ‘in character’ look for her ‘Dirty Picture’ promotions and donned bright coloured loud saris. We aren’t too amused!
It was no surprise that for her special day, Vidya Balan selected a Sabyasachi sari for most of the wedding ceremonies. But we must say she made a beautiful Indian bride.
It was no surprise that for her special day, Vidya Balan selected a Sabyasachi sari for most of the wedding ceremonies. But we must say she made a beautiful Indian bride.
 During promotions for her comedy flick ‘Ghanchakkar’ with Emraan Hashmi, Vidya Balan went all out in showcasing the most-riduculous outfits ever. Even though she was being in character, her looks were not only unflattering but also extremely jarring to the eye.
During promotions for her comedy flick ‘Ghanchakkar’ with Emraan Hashmi, Vidya Balan went all out in showcasing the most-riduculous outfits ever. Even though she was being in character, her looks were not only unflattering but also extremely jarring to the eye.
Though Vidya Balan  was at the receiving end of much flak for her choice of outfits at Cannes 2013, we think Vidya’s look in the Sabyasachi sari for the screening of ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’ was her absolute best. It was quite a change to see the actress in a relaxed hair-do paired with jewellery by Amrapali and carrying a potli on the red carpet.
Though Vidya Balan was at the receiving end of much flak for her choice of outfits at Cannes 2013, we think Vidya’s look in the Sabyasachi sari for the screening of ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’ was her absolute best. It was quite a change to see the actress in a relaxed hair-do paired with jewellery by Amrapali and carrying a potli on the red carpet.
Vidya also stunned in a gorgeous white Sabyasachi lehenga with broad black borders at the premiere of ‘The Great Gatsby’ on Day 1 of the Cannes International Film fest. Though the dupatta over the head was a tad dramatic. She also looked elegant in a maroon lehenga with a full-sleeved choli at the festival, completing her ethnic look with a black bindi, neatly tied bun and jhumkas.
Vidya also stunned in a gorgeous white Sabyasachi lehenga with broad black borders at the premiere of ‘The Great Gatsby’ on Day 1 of the Cannes International Film fest. Though the dupatta over the head was a tad dramatic. She also looked elegant in a maroon lehenga with a full-sleeved choli at the festival, completing her ethnic look with a black bindi, neatly tied bun and jhumkas.

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