A film starring Vidya Balan instantly gains attention from the media, her fans and the critics. No wonder then, the star has managed to be in the news ever since the promos of her next film, Kahaani 2 : Durga Rani Singh started airing. Add to it, the announcement of her next film Tumhari Sulu, where as Sulu, Vidya will be playing a late night love chat RJ.

Her fans are excited for sure. While this one is slated to release somewhere around end of 2017, her Sujoy Ghosh directed Kahaani 2 is all set to hit screens this week on December 2, 2017. While we wait with bated breath to see the beautiful and highly talented performer light up the screens this Friday, here is a look at how the TV actor-turned silver screen star has time and again shattered stereotypes and broken moulds and emerged as a winner.

When she didn’t stick to the clichés and chose to do women centric films and become Bollywood’s first ‘Shero’
A movie cannot have a successful run at the box office if it doesn’t have a powerful male lead. For a hero can only pull a crowd to come to the theatres and watch a film. Vidya Balan thrashed that myth by her film ‘The Dirty Picture’ and ‘Kahaani’. She in fact paved a path for actresses of this generation to tread the road less travelled, take risks and films that centre around them. Now we have the likes Priyanka Chopra, Deepika Padukone, Sonakshi Sinha and Alia Bhatt taking up challenging roles and winning audience.

When Vidya did not give in to the pressure from body shamers and emerged our body beautiful hero
“A fat girl always feels like a boy will not like her because of her weight. But there is only so much a boyfriend, a husband and your family can do. But I know that love is non-negotiable and at the end of the day, you have to come to terms with who you are.”

“I’ve realised that my body is a certain type, and I have learned to accept it.”

When she didn’t apologize for being non-fashionable
Time and again Vidya Balan has been under the fashion police’s scanner and they haven’t been very nice to her. She has received a lot of flak for her fashion sense but Vidya was not someone to take is lying low. In one bold statement, she shut up all her critics. “I’m not fashionable, and I know nothing about fashion.”

When she highlighted the fact that marriage and children should not and cannot stop a woman from achieving her goals
“I’m a proud 37-year-old. Women’s careers are not stopping after they get married or after they have children. So, that’s going to be true even in films. Why should it be any different for female actors? Writers get inspired by real life people and from real life incidents. And when those changes are happening in society it’s bound to be seen on screen.”

Rising from the ashes like a boss
In an interview Vidya Balan revealed that she doesn’t forget her failures and they in fact motivate her to work better and be thankful for what she has. She said that flops and failures remind her of the tough time she had and always help her to keep a positive attitude. Her low times have taught her to accept and love herself.