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Will Vidya Balan be Bollywood’s answer to Meryl Streep?

Vidya Balan has proved that she is a phenomenal actress and the biggest female box office draw today with The Dirty Picture and Kahaani becoming Superhits. Her other chain of successful films include Paa, Ishqiya, and No One Killed Jessica. Today, people expect a Vidya Balan product to be of high quality like Aamir Khan. Bollywood does not have a female superstar who has continued to give hits and win accolades throughout a long career. Madhuri Dixit used to be a possibility to that title but seems she hasn’t done anything worthwhile in a long time. Rekha and Hema Malani rarely do work even though they are at the same age as Meryl.

Do you think Bollywood would get it’s equivalent to Meryl Streep in Vidya Balan?

Do you think its possible for an actress of Meryl’s age to be successful in Bollywood?

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Geez. this is way over the top. Bollywood has already given an equivalent to Streep – Shabana Azmi. May they differ in popularity and screen presence, but Azmi is the best we’ve got yet. Talking about Balan, well, she still got a long way to go to improve her acting and try versatile roles.

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6 years ago

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Bollywood’s answer?? Who asked the question? Lol…I dont think anyone did:)
Meryl streep is meryl streep…why compare? she has her own style and is a wonderful actor without the so called conventional pretty face.
Vidya is a good actor, unconventinal like ms streep in looks but she is nowhere near to the acting skills and versitality of ms streep. Vidya is good in only 1 kind of desi oriented roles.

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7 years ago

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The person who said Aishwarya Rai is the next Meryl Streep is seriously deluded! I was cringing while watching Devdas and Hum Dil De Chupke Sanam because of her bad acting.

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7 years ago

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Meryl Streep is Meryl Streep AND Vidya Balan is Vidya Balan!! Instead of comparing them with each other, why dont we just appreciate them for their works on screen? Vidya Balan is THE VIDYA BALAN of Bollywood. So is Meryl Streep The Meryl Streep of Hollywood. Both of them are the best! No one can be like them and no one can match their talents and persona!

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7 years ago

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nope its reidiculos..:) seriously..:) Meryl Streep is a phnomenal actress..:) and no1 can replace her..:o she was constanly nominated for OSCAR award for then any ohter actress or actor..in the whole history ….of OSCARS till date..:o and talking about bollywood actress they can be more sucessful then Meryln Streep but neva mind they can’t replce Meryl in her actings skill…:) YOU HAVE GET THAT!!! ..:) by the way m VIDYA’s fan..:) but seriously are yuh comparing bollywood actress to Meryl i mean i’m not critisizng hollywood and bollywood buh not even and hollywwood acteress can’t replace her in any way in the history of flim industry..:) but can be sucessfull but can’t be Merly streep and can’t be at her(meryl) position as she( meryl) is right now…..:)

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8 years ago

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Vidya isn’t a complete actress at all. She NEVER ever looked convincing playing a college girl or a glamorous woman. It’s easy to play an unconventional role and get away with the awards but it’s way too difficult to play a normal girl, do all those songs dances convincingly. For me there are only tow complete actresses and they are Madhuri Dixit and Sridevi. Both these girls could convincingly play college going young girls and strong woman oriented roles at at the same time with a great conviction. They didn’t have to do typical strong female characters to show their acting prowess. Not only this, they have been amazingly gorgeous and sensuous women. Vidya is good, much better than these Katrinas, Kareenas etc but she can NEVER match Madhuri or Sri in any aspect. If you look closely she always acts the same, her voice modulation doesn’t look natural to me. I don’t know but I find her a little fake and it seems she’s trying too hard to get the title of an intelligent actress and a diva. I think Madhuri and Sri are the best (though my personnel fav is Madhuri) and we don’t have to compare them to a Meryl Streep as they are a class of their own. I love Meryl’s work but people don’t be so obsessed with the west that even for praising a talent, you’re using their name.

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8 years ago

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Does anyone else get annoyed with indian media’s obsessions with comparing their bollywood with hollywood? GET REAL INDIANS.

vidya balan is not a rekha or a shabana azmi to have the privilege of being compared with someone like Meryl Steep. In fact no one of this generation can match up to them.

In the future of bollywood wants to achieve that, get rid of glamour and make good actresses play character roles of indian women who live in india.

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8 years ago

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Bollywood will only have a Meryl Streep or someone of her shadow only when Bollywood scripts will cater to woman-centric and empowerment roles that are meant for the older lot of actresses. For instance, the age category of Shabana Azmi and Rekha. Both are great actresses and probably the closest to Meryl Streep in Bollywood currently.

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8 years ago

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Who has written this joke? This is insanity

Vidya Balan will most probably be out of work once she is 38 if not before. Thats how most Indian heroines are.

If you would have said Rekha or Sridevi as Meryl Streep that would be digested because these two like Meryl have a strong screen presence and versatility. Vidya doesn’t have that

If you want to compare Vidya to a Hollywood actor then the nearest comes to mind is Julia Roberts in the early 90s during her prime (or shall I say hype created by media) while she was doing films like Pretty Woman which can be compared to Vidya’s The Dirty Picture. both the actresses are non versatile. Look what is Julia doing today! Not much. But I doubt it that at a later stage Vidya even will have the same chance as Julia is having today.

But comparing her to Meryl Streep shows that you don’t know who Meryl is or haven’t seen her body work.
Meryl is excellent in all her movies no matter how bad is the movie. Divya is not.

Can you imagine Vidya playing Meryl’s Devil Wears Prada?? NO WAY. The only two can play that character are Rekha and Sridevi!

Can Vidya Play something like Sophie’s Choice? or say a movie like Doubt? I just can imagine Rekha or Sridevi taking her place in the Indian version of her movies.

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8 years ago

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I agree with Schmuck 100%. That is exactly what I was gonna say.
Vidya is a good actress, but she isn’t the best. A real talented actress can change her image and acting as required. Vidya is stuck in the same kind of roles. When she proves her merit in commercial movies, and comedic and romantic roles, THAT’S when she will be one of the best.

She doesn’t have the talent to step out of her comfort zone. She got lucky with The Dirty Picture. I feel that anyone could have done the role. The movies selling point was sex, not Vidya.
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Not anyone could have done that role.It takes guts to play that sort of character. Moreover the movie may have been commercialy successful due to sex but critics don’t see that and the movie and her acting both have been critically acclaimed. The only change that TDP has brought to her is that it has made her more mainstream. And lets not dismiss everything on sheer luck, considering that this was a women oriented low budget movie. Sex doesn’t always sell.

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8 years ago

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@Kitty….i am sorry if you felt bad..I have nothing against you. You are probably the ONLY ash fan i respect. You are so much better than the likes of schumuck and gang. They have no objectivity/ no perspective. She comes here to praise ash and bash others. And does so unabashedly. Heroine was the most prestigious and off beat movie as long as ash was there…but the moment she was kicked out it became a “fashion” like film. Bloody Hypocrite. And obviously she is the MOST INSECURE fan i have ever known. Vidya is climbing the success ladder so she must be pulled down.. obviously she sees her as a threat to her “out of work” icewarya.lol.

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8 years ago

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@Kitty……. The world stop and behold…the most courageous deed has been done by Schumuck. She/He has the guts to LOG IN on PV with a NAME…hahahahahaha…courageous indeed. I feel so petty in front of such brave hearts that i chose to remain anonymous. LMAO

@Wed, 2012-05-23 13:22 — Anonymous……excuse me dear…are you all right????? Vidya makes money and Aamir doesnt??? For your kind info aamir charges almost 30 crores for each of his films and 3 crores per episode for satyameva jayate…so much for being a visionary. Vidya atleast isnt a hypocrite like him.
Comfort zone??? same kinda roles??? pray explain how Ishqiya/NOKJ/TDP/Kahaani are the same???

Vidya ROCKSSSSSSS!!!! she is doing what very few heroines in the industry can do. Ofcourse your darling Aishwarya isnt one of them…hahahahaha…She is building a brand for herself. Her movies are rich content wise and she is make them COMMERCIAL hits as well and ALL ON HER OWN…no khan or roshan involved..hehehe.

NOW RELAX!

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8 years ago

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I agree with Schmuck mainly. I think Vidya has been very wise in moving away from films like Hey Babyy and Kismat Konnection because those are the weak points in her career graph and carving a niche for herself with strong performance oriented roles consistently which I would say hardly any of her contemporaries are doing right now. I would like to see her doing romantic comedies, purely romantic /comedy films and maybe even action now which her contemporaries are doing just to see how she fares with that.She is a good actress, no doubt, and I don’t think she was highly overrated in TDP. I loved her in TDP and even Kahaani besides other performances. As for comparing her to Meryl Streep, I don’t think that’s right – If you just look at Meryl Streep’s body of work, she’s worked in not only film but theatre and television in a career that has spanned over 40 years and not to mention, the different types of roles she has played. Meryl gave in Oscar winning performance in her 60s and has sustained her career for so long – Can Vidya do that? I doubt that but you never know.

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8 years ago

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i think only rani can be compared to meryl streep, no other actress comes even closer,, though kareena and priyanka , vidya are great as well, but rani is class apart,,

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8 years ago

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I might have said this before but I think that Vidya has secured a very special place for herself in Hindi cinema because of her (almost) perfect selection of work. She has made very few missteps in choosing films and when she came out mainstream cinema started getting better and the lines between “parallel” and “commercial” films were blurring more. So the audience trusts her and wants to see her films because she always keeps us interested. Plus she’s a good actress!

@Wed, 2012-05-23 07:53 — Anonymous “Vidya Balan and overrated???? Only a dumbass ash fan like schumuck can say something like that” — LOL… isn’t it ironic how Arina (not an “ash fan”) also called Vidya overrated a few comments after Shmuck’s? Selective blindness or what? Instead of attacking people who have the guts to log in, why don’t you try to contribute something useful to the conversation? If Vidya is your favourite that’s really great! Disagree constructively please.

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8 years ago

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overrated.

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8 years ago

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Please do not even mention current names like Priyanka etc (though I love her anyway)…they haven’t reached that veteran/seasoned stage of a Meryl or an Amitabh, where their acting is SO nuanced and smooth and heavy with meaning….where one glance tells the entire story. Vidya hasn’t reached that point either.

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8 years ago

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India will have to have a different sensibility to accept, have strong roles for, and gives accolades to actresses of Meryl’s age. The west has a different sensibility. Every person has a different quality to them so it won’t be fair to compare but in terms of acting, why not, though I feel MORE is YET to come for Vidya .. there is time to prove many things. It’s a tad early at this stage to say anything about it. Continued success to her!

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8 years ago

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LOL at all the vultures pecking on Vidya! I knew that this sort of post will inspire lots of haters to come out write bad things,because any other Vidya post doesn’t have place for such negative comments. Go to IMDB,TOI,Rediff,Hindustan Times,Bollywood Hungama IBN,NdTV every major entertainment site trust me practically many ppl are calling Vidya the “Meryl Streep of Bollywood” or hoping that she turns out to be the Meryl Streep of Bollywood. Why do I find that it’s only in Pinkvilla where users call her “overrated”? In fact once just for time pass I googled “Vidya overrated” almost all the comments came from PV!

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8 years ago

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Hollywood has the epitome of actresses!!!, the amazing Meryl Streep, Kate winslet, Cate blanchette, Charlize Theron( my South African home girl,woop woop), Helena Boham Carter, Helen Mirren, Annett Bening n the list goes on N even their actors. Bollywood so called actors r in a very sad state of extreme talent drought! n it has been this way for quite a while. More so recently with the so called top 3 actresses who all cnt ACT to save their lives, n one who cnt even speak hindi. A good actress, even a mediocre one will be able to fake a good accent. Look at Kate winslet, her natural accent is thick British, but she does the different American n German accents so well even Charlize wen she first went to hollywood she had a thick Afrikaner accent but with her acting u cud neva tell. As for vidya she is boring and overrated. Yawn!. My fav bollywood actress is Kajol she may not have shown much versatility but she possesed dat x factor n charisma dat today‘s actresses seriously lack.

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8 years ago

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Lol oh my bollywood must be really lacking if vidya is already being dubbed india’s Meryl streep n dats very insulting to Meryl streep. Just coz one does a few morbid roles n not miss item girl/arm candy in a movie den now she is Bollywood’s Meryl streep. Bollywood and its audience ne to up their standards and expectations way higher!!!, den maybe the industry will start displaying quality rather than unoriginal rip-offs, terrible written scripts n bad acting. The bar is currently set so LOW in indian cinema dat any actress who shows a HINT of talent is now regarded as some great amazing thing. Its a Shame!. Bollywood ne a serious revamp its quite embarassing. Loves to harp on about how many movies they make a year, but fails to say how 99% of the movies r hollywood rip-offs will all quantity n zero quality.

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8 years ago

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Wed, 2012-05-23 14:12 — MakeupCritic

Well said, I don’t find her that versatile to be honest. The films that she’s been touted as the “best actress” are all thanks to the role and script. You could put any actress in the same role and she’d do as good.

That’s why I find actresses like Priyanka, Kareena Rani better because they’re versatile. They can all do a Dostana or a Golmaal, a We are Family or No One Killed Jessica, a Fashion or Black.

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8 years ago

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I agree with Schmuck 100%. That is exactly what I was gonna say.
Vidya is a good actress, but she isn’t the best. A real talented actress can change her image and acting as required. Vidya is stuck in the same kind of roles. When she proves her merit in commercial movies, and comedic and romantic roles, THAT’S when she will be one of the best.

She doesn’t have the talent to step out of her comfort zone. She got lucky with The Dirty Picture. I feel that anyone could have done the role. The movies selling point was sex, not Vidya.

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8 years ago

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To compare Aamir to Vidya is an insult to Aamir… what has vidya done to the indian cinema instead of making money out of it.. Aamir is a different actor who brought change to the indian cinema and made people think on real stuff rather than just watch glossy bollywood movies.. he brought forward mnay topics like education, dyslexia, cheap military equipment and with his new show Satyamev Jayte he is bringing awareness and opening up topics shushed behind doors! Vidya has never really done anything like that.. all she does is act in scandalous/ sensational/ mystery movies.. admitted she ACTS FABULOUSLY WELL, and is catalyst for change regarding women‘s roles in films.. but if we were to talk of social responsibility, aishwarya/ sonam have shown more responsibility.. we tease sonam lots but she still puts in her two cents when it comes to awareness and social responsibility… I think Vidya’s goals and Aamir’s goals are wayyy different in what they want to leave behind as marks to memory..

That said, I really am not a fan of many of Meryl Streeps women oriented movies.. loved devil wears prada.. but other movies (still to watch Iron Lady) she hasn’t always impressed me.. and agree.. if we are to compare someone to meryl streep it would be shabana azmi.. but they don’t get movies to prove talent these days.. even sharmila tagore would have been great at this age! if indians want to watch old women/ men as heros, then all of amitabh’s movies would have been hits.. but they aren’t.. the main reason baghban was hit was they made the couple act like newly married couple than buddha – buddhi… example the movie with rishi kapoor and his wife got great critical acclaim but didn’t get money… indian audience need a REALLY, REALLY good story or a Khan to watch a movie about old people…

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8 years ago

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she can go far in Bollywood but comparation with MS it’s quiet over …

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8 years ago

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Kareena is any day more versatile and talented than Vidya. But neither fo them can dream of that. Hell even Hollywood can’t find ‘the new Meryl’.

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8 years ago

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Dnt knw bout othrs! Bt i realy think tht VIDYA BALAN is bollywood’s answr to Meryl Streeps! Vidya, in the true sense, is an actress! Superbly talentd and naturaly giftd actress! a beautiful human being toöo.. Love her! VIDYA ROCKS!!

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8 years ago

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Vidya is an amazing actor, but I wouldn’t compare her to Meryl Streep. In fact, I wouldn’t compare anyone to Meryl Streep. If you watch a handful of Streep’s movies, you will see the amount of work, thought, and dedication that she puts in each role. Her accent, diction, voice, manners, looks, expressions, etc. all change with every single role she plays. She calculates her every move in a movie. I haven’t seen any actress (Hollywood or Bollywood) do that ever.

As far as Vidya goes, she’s in a class of her own as well (as far as Hindi films go at least). She did not rely on any major actors or directors to pull her up. She achieved success because of her acting skills and nothing else. She stands out from the other actors because she doesn’t seem conceited, and she doesn’t try to fit in. She doesn’t pull anyone down to feel secure. She faltered during the Hey Baby days, but she’s stayed true to herself ever since then. I really admire her.

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8 years ago

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Wed, 2012-05-23 07:53 — Anonymous

Vidya Balan and overrated???? Only a dumbass ash fan like schumuck can say something like that…why dont you go suck up to some more of ash’s giggly stuff??? vidya and her brand of films is certainly not your cup of tea.
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LOL you just took the words out of my mouth! This is basically a full-time fansite for Ash chamchis,her name gets posted in every single goddamned post, it also acts as a half-time kareena fansite. When I saw this post I knew all haters are going to jump at this start calling Vidya overrated.Vidya’s my favourite actress,but even I agree she’s no Meryl Streep. But even then some blind worshippers of other actresses calling her overrated are ignorant of Vidya’s talent. The people who say that she’s overrated because there are no other good actresses in bollywood just blatantly point out the fact that she stands apart from the others.People chanting that she was cheap in TDP that’s why she’s overrated,plz come out of your Dark Ages.Show me one actress brave enough to accept that role,to dare put her entire reputation at stake,to dare to get dumb comments from haters like you for doing a particular role. She doesn’t care about her image but about acting,that’s the mark of a true actor.Her haters also seem to completely forget that she’s done another film Kahaani that she carried on her shoulders completely, made a tiny-budgeted film without any frills,any skin show,any other major star a blockbuster. Even I don’t agree she’s comparable to Meryl Streep’s body of work,but plz don’t write off Vidya as overrated without knowing the meaning.

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8 years ago

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HEROINE HAI HEROINE.
VIDYA BALAN MAKES KATRINA/PRIYANKA TYPES LOOK LIKE AMATEURS.

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8 years ago

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i’m a humongous vidya fan.
pure indian beauty and TALENT. she can act and is not afraid to push boundaries.
all my duas go to her. she makes me proud to be not only INDIAN but a WOMAN.

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8 years ago

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She is a really poor actress, sorry.

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8 years ago

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I like Vidya, she is really a good actress, but please she is no meryl, Meryl is a legendary actress, and Vidya does not even comes close, yes if you call Shabana and Smita patil, I can say yes they are amazing, but Vidya, no way, she has a long way to go..

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8 years ago

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Vidya Balan and overrated???? Only a dumbass ash fan like schumuck can say something like that…why dont you go suck up to some more of ash’s giggly stuff??? vidya and her brand of films is certainly not your cup of tea.

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8 years ago

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its foolish to compare vidya with meryl.
meryl is legedary actress who has survived in hollywood until tis age..we dont know if vidya wil be able to do movie when she is her age..

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8 years ago

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wtf…why was comment not posted?

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8 years ago

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I think Rekha or Shabana Azmi are closest Bollywood has to Meryly Streep… It’s just that producers don’t offer them enough movies..otherwise they would be up for it.

Bollywood is youth obsessed..Media thinks audiences love Pizza eating, loud , bold girl characters…..the more westernised the better!!

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8 years ago

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Vidya is a fairly good actress, particularly in Bollywood, but she’s NO Meryl Streep. Her acting in The Dirty Picture was incredibly overrated. I agree with Schmuck on this. All she really did was bite her lip and sneer.

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8 years ago

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Vidya Balan is a good actress but for Bollywood to have a Meryl Streep, whether it’s Vidya, Priyanka, Kareena or any other actress with substance, movie scripts need to be changed. More women-centric films with quality scripts need to be in place before Bollywood can have a Meryl Streep.

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8 years ago

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Vidya is good but i hate to see some people behave as if Bollywood never had a good talented actress…even long back we had super talented actresses like nutan,waheeda rehman,nargis,mena kumari, than we had shabana azmi,rekha,Rani mukherji,aishwarya rai….so whats the fuss is all about and vidya is my least favorite of all…this kind of debate does nothing but degrades Bollywood…that we had no talent for so many years…and seriously vidya ne to stop cheating rekha and Rani.

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8 years ago

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Im not indian, i can tell you for sure bollywood will never have an actor like Meryl Streep bcoz they don’t have any role to offer her

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8 years ago

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Let’s talk about this in 30 years an even then NO

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8 years ago

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if she works harder, pushes her boundaries and works with the right people then why not

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8 years ago

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no one can come close to md

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8 years ago

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Well, we’ll have to wait till she’s in her 60s to see that, won’t we? No point guessing now.

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8 years ago

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Why does everything have to be a parallel to Hollywood? Try something original for a change.

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8 years ago

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Well the answer would be NO…
Meryl Streep is a power house when it comes to acting she
can pull of any role at this age, vidya on the other hand in my
opinion is overrated these days she is a good actress but not a complete actress

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8 years ago

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meryl streep is good,she is neither perfect(sometimes she sucks her cheek and gives horrible expression)…..i dont think bollyood ne OR can compete wid hollywood. We cater to a diff set of audience who are blinded by hero worshipping. When ppl like Katrina came to bollywood thru Salman i thght it was going down the drain.BUT thank god someone like VIDYA exist to portray the common woman of this country..India lives in its villages and i feel nonne can portray the real indian woman like vidya can with her acting skill.

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8 years ago

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No, I think one day Vidya will prove her merit on a grand scale and then she will not be called Meryl of India; instead, Meryl will be called Vidya of Hollywood.

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8 years ago

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Vidya is superb but we have actresses like kareena and priyanka who are far more versatile and popular.

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8 years ago

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First of all ,you can’t compare an Indian actress to a Hollywood actress. The sort of movies,expectations ,budget are all different. Here,actresses are expected to always look good in a certain way. Look at our village heroines all fully made up ,with impeccable hair prettily walking in their village!
Compare Vidya to a Shabana Azmi ,Smita Patil or even a Mahi Gill or Kalki…but not Meryl Streep. Vidya is very unsuited to commercial movies as she has very Indian features.Can you ever imagine her doing the roles Katrina does? Now she’s slowly realising what suits her role wise appearance wise. I like the fact that though she’s not joined the bikini blouse brigade, she still gets good work.Vidya will last as an actress simply because her roles are all unconventional (for a Bollywood heroine) she’s not expected to merely provide the glamour factor.

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8 years ago

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vidya is a good actress,no doubt…..but meryl streep is way too good!
and i don’t think bollywood is going to come up with an answer to meryl streep anytime soon….they would rather promote flesh-baring actresses than the ones who can actually ACT…sad but true!

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8 years ago

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no Shabana Azmi is the answer to Meryl Streep.

but Bollywood has nothing to offer women of these ages. sad.

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8 years ago

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comparing vidya balan to meryl streep is comparing stephen spielberg to david dhawan

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8 years ago

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she is the best or rather overrated right now because there is no one good in bollywood these days. Agree with Schmuck, Dirty picture was very cheap..nowhere near chandini Bar..nothing worthy of an award.. she just looked plain vulgar in the movie and the reason it became a hit is because of its adult content.. they gave her a national award just to encourage women centric movies in bollywood.. please dont compare her with Meryl Streep.. we Indians embaress ourself by recognising mediocre performances..

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8 years ago

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It’s a sin to even compare her to Meryl Streep! Just look at Streep ‘s range of roles, looks, accents and you will be blown away. She is equal at ease at doing both comedy and serious drama. Vidya was just really lucky with dirty picture, it was the curiosity factor will made it a hit! She looks and acts nothing like Silk Smita! And the kahani in kahani was the real hero! Just really lucky! She is nice lady who is a credible actress but Meryl Streep she ain’t!

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8 years ago

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wot is this????
Meryl Streep is a legend truely…nd there is no reason to camoarison really….
vidya is ok…but not this much high!!!!
oh god…again our eastern magnifying!!!!!!
seems we eastern used to make somebody huge enough to worship!!!!
why?

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8 years ago

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No, she’s a below average actress. Konkona and Tabu would be better answers

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8 years ago

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Meryl is phenomenal !Vidhya is good but lets accept it Bollywood is all about commercial and vulgarity int the end. There are very few movies like Pan Singh, Vicky donor which are great!

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8 years ago

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Sridevi has done a lot of interesting work…and she excelled at everything, be it comedy, tragedy, romantic or a negative role.. she dances fabulously too…She is versatile…and she is the biggest superstar of India.. and not just Hindi films….
I just watched the NDV greenathon, where Shweta Tiwari did a tribute to her… and Sri did just a small step to her popular Hawa Hawaai…she did it with so much Grace…

Vidya is excellent too.. but it’s too early to call her a legend….If you see Meryl’s body of work.. you will understand what I am saying…

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8 years ago

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If anything Shabana Azmi and Smitha Patil are the only ones who were true actresses who also had major star-power at the box office.
Vidya has miles to go! And unfortunately too few opportunities in bollywood to prove herself.

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8 years ago

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To those who say she failed in movies like Kismat Konnection, nobody had a problem with her acting in those films. Also, what is an aunty role? I don’t see anything in common between RDP, Ishqiya, Paa and Kahaani. All different women, all brilliantly portrayed. I suppose you mean she isn’t playing teenyboppers, but why should she? She is in her thirties, and she knows it. And to the person who said she only bit her lip in TDP, have you watched the film? She brings forth so many shades to the character – determination, loneliness, anguish, even a sort of naiveté. You may not be a fan, but don’t slam an actor‘s achievements just for the sake of it. I do concur that Vidya is not as good as Meryl . . . yet. If she keeps doing interesting work, however, she’ll get there. She’s an eminently watchable, chameleonic actress.

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8 years ago

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oh pls… its Aishwarya who is the Meryl Streep of bolly… wait and watch

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8 years ago

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agree… she is overrated and only fits certain roles. Forget acting roles …even her dressing style is pigeon holed to a certain style. Keep her in her comfort zone and she’ll keep delivering. Comparing her to Streep is a joke…Streep is a legend who has fit in to countless roles, pushed boundaries, changed accents per her role, her entire movie career. VB is nowhere close.

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8 years ago

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Oh please vidya is overrated she is gud at acting but hell boring with her grandma style and she can never be like Meryl Streep.

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8 years ago

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Its too early to say just yet, she has a long way to go but she is a DEFINITE possibility. And yea she is WAY WAY ahead of madhuri. Bollywood has never seen an actress like her and im sure she’ll be here to excel at those ‘meryl streep roles’

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8 years ago

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Why can’t she be the Vidya Balan of the industry? Hopefully by the time Vidya is Meryl’s age Bollywood will have better scripts and opportunities for women! Even uber-talented Shabhana Azmi doesn’t have much to pick from I’m sure.

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8 years ago

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Joke of the century

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8 years ago

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She is a good actress- but ne to branch out of her comfort zone. For starters, less movies with her character being called Vidya. In conclusion- no, she is not Bollywood’s answer to Meryl Streep.

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8 years ago

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ha meryl streep yea rite?? shes good, no doubt but like the person below said on her own comfort zone. give her a script to lose her weight, play an action role, comedy or something. then we’ll see.

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8 years ago

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She is way too overrated these days. All this hoopla around her came with Dirty Picture, where all she had to do was bite her lips comically and throw her assets on to the camera. Those who have watched Silk in her prime would vouch for the fact that she was a far cry of what Balan had depicted.

Vidya Balan is a good actress, no doubt. But acting has a lot of scope for improvisation. Watch her in Heyy Babyy or Kismat Konnection. She can never pull off such roles which is why she faced flak. What she did was smartly move away from such roles rather than trying to overcome her weaknesses. A Meryl Streep would never do that. You should challenge yourself, not run away from what you think you cannot do. What Vidya is doing is no different than what a Deepika or a Katrina is doing. Just like the latter two are in their comfort zone (of being eye candy in movies), the former is in a comfort zone of her own (these “aunty” roles). Only difference is Vidya CAN act, but isn’t spectacularly brilliant. She is the best out of the current crop of actresses. But Meryl Streep? That would be one hell of an exaggeration and an insult to Streep’s incredible talent.

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8 years ago

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NEVER

Vidya Balan is good but NO ONE can live up to Meryl Streep be it hollywood or bollywood.

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8 years ago

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It is too early to say so. First of all, bollywood ne to be changed too.. where are scripts with strong central roles for 50+ actresses? And it is one of the main reason for Rekha , Hema etc not very active these days.

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8 years ago

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Vidya Balan is so overrated, once this whole facade of her being a flawless actress goes away, i.e. in about a year or two (she’s pushing 35, and getting married, her carreers almost over), everyone will forget about her, except for The Dirty Picture.

Kind of like Tabu or Manisha Koirala.

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8 years ago

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finger crossed….

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8 years ago

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vidya balan is miles ahead of madhuri!

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8 years ago

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she is close already .. congrats vidya

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8 years ago

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