Vidya Balan stuns in saree by Aussie designer

Bollywood’s one of the most talented actress, Vidya Balan, has often been criticized by fashion watchers for her poor dressing sense, but it seems the actress has found her own style — making everyone take notice of her once more. Media reports say Vidya has impressed top international fashion designers with her personality and they have gone ahead to design exclusively for her.

According to an agency report, the actress has become Bollywood’s quintessential ambassador of the sari, and when an Australian designer was asked to create a collection for her, even she could not think beyond the six-yard wonder.

Reportedly as part of the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne 2014, festival ambassador Vidya did a photo shoot with celebrated Australian designer Susan Dimasi.

The designer presented Vidya in a special sari, the fabric of which was specially designed by her. The sari was made up by hand-weaving a textile with silk ribbon through a rubber mesh.

The hand-woven fabric was on display at the esteemed ‘Melbourne Now’ arts exhibition at the famous National Gallery of Victoria and then draped on Vidya as a sari, said a statement.

Apart from Dimasi, Akira Isogawa, a prominent contemporary designer, was given a chance to dress the acclaimed actress, too.

Akira, according to reports, created a special dress for Vidya which was a fusion of his Japanese roots and an Australian style.

The Indian Film Festival of Melbourne will be held from May 1 to May 11, screening more than 45 films with over 30 Australian premieres. The festival will be opened by megastar Amitabh Bachchan.

Vidya aspired to a career in movies from an early age, and had her first acting role in the 1995 sitcom ‘Hum Paanch’.

In 2003, she was signed by Goutam Halder for his Bengali drama ‘Bhalo Theko’ — her first film release.  Her performance of Anandi, a young woman reminiscing about her past, won her an Anandalok Purashkar for Best Actress.

She made her Hindi film debut with Pradeep Sarkar’s musical drama ‘Parineeta’ in 2005. Her performance in the film was praised by critics.

She was seen is movies like ‘Lage Raho Munna Bhai’ in 2006, ‘Guru’ in 2007, ‘Salaam-E-Ishq’ in 2007.

Vidya’s starred in Ekta Kapoor’s production ‘The Dirty Picture’ in 2011, a biopic based on the life and death of the controversial Indian actress Silk Smitha. Vidya received unanimous praise for her role which several reviewers regarded as her best performance till date.