Movie Review: 'The Dirty Picture' - Audacious Vidya Balan Keeps You Glued 

Anitha S 
Daijiworld Media Network – Entertainment
Rating: 2.5/5

Dec 3: 'The Dirty Picture', directed by Milan Luthria and produced by Ekta Kapoor received much publicity and attention prior to its release mainly due to its protagonist Vidya Balan, who in the promos of the movie had shocked one and all with her bold 'Bombat Balan' avatar. The movie has much more to ‘showcase’ (making you wonder if it really is the same simplistic Vidya Balan you had seen before!) but when you leave the theatre you simply cant help admiring the actress for her audacity and presentation of the character.

Plot and Analysis

The story is all too familiar, nothing fresh. Reshma (Vidya Balan), a village girl comes to the big city with big dreams of becoming a actress. Despite being rejected multiple times she is determined and has an intuition that she has something in her that would bring her the much-needed fame and stardom. Finally, a producer sees a magical item girl in her who would ‘spice up’ his movies and sell off the tickets. Reshma is rechristened as ‘Silk’ and that’s the beginning of the end!

Silk even gets to dance (Ooh La La) along with her childhood dream man - Superstar Suryakant (Naseeruddin Shah) who uses her in all possible ways and finally throws her like a tissue paper. To make him envious she falls behind his brother Ramakant (Tusshar Kapoor), who loves her, but ditches her when he feels that she is only fit to be used in bed, not to be kept at home as wife. Then there’s this film director Abraham (Emraan Hashmi), the man who hates Silk the most as he believes in real cinema which doesn’t need any item number to spice it up. God knows how but finally he gets attracted towards her and decides to change her life and give her what she deserves, but that turns to be ‘too late’.

Though producer Ekta Kapoor and others associated with the film claim that the movie is not inspired by Silk Smitha, it does have a slight touch of her life story. Though it's a story with lot of skin, there’s sorrow at its core. The maze of Silk’s rise to fame is offset by her spiraling decline as her life falls apart, piece by piece. Director Milan Luthria and writer Rajat Aroraa have brought out a fairly crafted film. The dialogues in the movie are really excellent.


It’s Vidya Balan all the way who keeps you glued with her sizzling and daring performance and rarely an actress of her class would have opted to play such a role. Whatsoever, her bold act and involvement in the character is commendable. Among the male actors Emraan is effectual and plays his role well. Naseeruddin Shah is better at times but looks too old for certain shots. Tusshar Kapoor doesn’t have much to do. Anju Mahendroo as journalist is impressive.


Vishal-Shekhar’s music is mediocre except for Bappi Lahiri's Oh La La, which, along with South chartbuster Nakka Mukka are skillfully integrated in the background to add effect.


Moviewise I would say its average. But the film without doubt belongs to Vidya Balan and she does absolute justice to her role. She brings out the outer glamour and inner turmoil of the character wonderfully. If I had to rate only Vidya’s performance I would have gone with 3.5/5.


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