2 August 2021 10:07

Indian Army names its firing range after Bollywood actor Vidya Balan

Vidya Balan bagged a National Film Award (Indian) for her role in The Dirty Picture.

In recognition of Vidya Balan’s phenomenal contribution to Indian cinema, the Indian Army has recently named one of its firing ranges after the versatile actor.

The Vidya Balan Firing Range is located in Gulmarg, Kashmir.

Earlier this year, Vidya along with her husband Siddharth Roy Kapur had even attended the Gulmarg Winter Festival organised by the Indian Army.

Vidya Balan’s contribution to Indian cinema

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Vidya was touted to be one of the revolutionary actresses in Bollywood in the early 2000s for her female-led projects, the national award-winning actress started her career in 1995 in Hum Paanch. 

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Vidya Balan Firing Range; Picture Source: Twitter- Indian Army

After appearing in the Bengali movie Bhalo Theko, she made her Bollywood debut with Parineeta.

Movies like Lage Raho Munna Bhai, Heyy Babyy and Bhool Bhulaiyaa catapulted the actress’s fame in Bollywood and made her one of the most sought-after actors in the industry. With consecutive successful movies like Paa, Ishqiya, No One Killed Jessica and Kahaani, the actress bagged a National Award for her role in The Dirty Picture.

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Vidya Balan Firing Range; Picture Source: Twitter- Indian Army

Several social media users have shared the same news on Instagram and Twitter. However, Vidya has not posted anything about it yet.

Also, a few days ago, it was announced that she has been invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the governing body behind the Oscars.

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Vidya Balan Firing Range; Picture Source: Twitter- Indian Army

Speaking of Vidya’s recent work projects, she is currently being lauded for her stellar performance in Amazon Prime Video’s ‘Sherni’, wherein she essays the character of Vidya Vincent- an upright forest officer.

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The character powers through the brutal beasts of social barriers set by the patriarchal society and the lackadaisical attitudes within her department. 

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