Vidya Balan made her Hindi film debut with 'Parineeta', for which she received the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut.
She had to give over 60 screen tests before she was chosen for the lead role in 'Parineeta'.
“He (Pradeep Sarkar) went to Chopra (producer) with the script and the latter wanted a bigger star but he also said if I am able to show that I can do the role then they will take me. I gave over 60 tests... right from Indian look, western look, curly hair, straight hair, song, emotional scene etc. I kept doing it but later I was fed up as I was not aware if they were really going to take me or not. And the moment I gave up was the time when I got the film," Vidya said.