Movie: The Dirty Picture

Director: Milan Luthria.

Cast: Vidya Balan, Naseeruddin Shah, Emraan Hashmi, Tusshar Kapoor

Jagran Rating:   (Good)

Storyline: ‘Once Upon A Time In Mumbai’ fame director Milan Luthria and script writer Rajat Arora are back with another realistic movie, ‘The Dirty Picture’. This film recounts the life of Silk Smitha, the reigning sex siren of the 80s south Indian film industry who stole the hearts of thousands of viewers, but died a lonely and tragic death.

Set in the milieu of 80s south film industry ‘The Dirty Picture’ is a tale of transformation of a strong-headed woman named Reshma from make-up artist to sex-goddess Silk. The film begins with the lofty quote from Friedrich Nietzsche, "you must have chaos within you to give birth to a dancing star."

The story of this film revolves around a starry-eyed, small-town girl Reshma (Vidya Balan) who wants to make it big in southern film industry but comes across frequent rejections until she lands up the role of an item girl, which transforms her from Reshma into sex-siren Silk with overnight stardom. Undoubtedly Silk is the symbol of titillation and gratification, of what all men desire but cannot accept openly. But the metamorphosis of Reshma into Silk is not at all easy. On her journey to stardom she has to face betrayal, humiliation and heart breaks.

Alas, despite all the fame and adulation, Silk lives a tumultuous life of fickle relationships and fleeting fame. Silk misunderstands lust to be love in case of famous ageing actor Suryakant (Naseerudin Shah). Even as Suryakant fails to acknowledge his relationship with Silk, Surya's awkward writer brother Ramakant (Tusshar) too disappoints her. As a result, Silk starts losing interest in love and her career is jeopardized. Finally at the lowest ebb of her career when she finds love into the person who hates her most, director Abraham, Silk encounters a tragic death.

Thumbs Up: Vidya Balan disappears; it's Silk that emerges on the screen. Vidya portrays Silk as a larger than life character. She is down and dirty and delivers a power packed performance.

Naseeruddin Shah plays a southern superstar with flawless ease. The way he carries 80s retro look is commendable. The audience has never seen Naseeruddin Shah in such an avatar.

As a rebellious director Emraan Hashmi delivers a power packed performance. Tusshar also does a good job. Kudos to Rajat Arora for such a nice screenplay and powerful dialogues.

‘The Dirty Picture’ has a good pace and its tight narration is enough to glue the audience on their chairs.

The film has a nice mix of South Indian music with Bollywood sounds. ‘Ooh la la la ’ and ‘Ishq Sufiyana’ is already a rage.

Pony Prakash Raj's choreography and Bobby Singh's cinematography are excellent.

Thumbs Down: The problem with 'The Dirty Picture' is that we never really get a grip on Silk's character. Also a dragging second half, non-crispy editing (as the film seems quite lengthy) and last but not the least somewhat dull climax negates the Vidya Balan’s sexy siren act.

In short, don’t think much, just go and get dirty with this amazing movie.

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(JPN)