New Delhi: Vidya Balan's sexy avatar, itsy bitsy clothes, cleavage-showing blouses and raunchy dance numbers in 'The Dirty Picture' are receiving jaw-dropping reactions.

 Fans and trade pundits say the masala movie is expected to beat the musical treat 'Rockstar', the fun-filled 'Desi Boyz' and the action thriller 'Don 2'.

Directed by Milan Luthria, 'The Dirty Picture' is said to be the tragic tale of a southern sex symbol's rise and fall and Vidya is playing the voluptuous woman who was loved and desired in the 1980s and 1990s.

Leaving behind the grace and charm she showed in her first film 'Parineeta' and then again in films like 'Paa' and 'No One Killed Jessica', Vidya has done everything - from wearing garish clothes to showing meat to making provocative dance moves - to make her character believable.

In fact, she has surpassed her own portrayal of a sexually charged woman in 'Ishiqya'.

When launched, the film grabbed attention as it was touted as a biopic on southern sex symbol Silk Smitha who had committed suicide in 1996. But recently when the late actress' brother objected and filed a complaint against the content of the film, the makers said it's not based on anyone's life.

Vidya pulled out all stops at the music launch of the movie when she gave an adrenaline pumping performance along with co-star Naseeruddin Shah.

Criticism and complaints notwithstanding, the trade pundits forecast that amidst the four big releases - the Vidya starrer, produced by Ekta Kapoor's Balaji Motion Pictures, will take the cake when it hits the screen on December 2.

(Agencies)