Mumbai, March 11, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / Kreation Guru) Vidya Balan is making waves in Bollywood nowadays. Not only because of her award winning performances in films like Paa and Ishqiya, but also because this classical beauty is all set to add fire to the screen with her much coveted biopic role of Silk Smitha in Ekta Kapoor’s The Dirty Picture. Producer Ekta Kapoor has finally announced the making of The Dirty Picture after writer Rajat Arora managed to complete the script after two years. In a recent interview, Ekta confessed that this film was her dream project and she was excited about its making.
The Dirty Picture is supposed to go on the floors by mid April this year and stars Vidya Balan in the role of the protagonist. This film would be an ode to the life of Southern sexy siren Vijaylakshmi, better known as Silk Smitha and her journey to stardom followed by her sudden demise in the late 90’s. Other actors like Emraan Hashmi, Tushar Kapoor and Nasiruddin Shah would be seen in supporting roles. The film would be directed by director Milan Luthria who has gathered much acclaim after the blockbuster Once In a Time in Mumbai last year.
Silk Smitha was a sex symbol in South Indian films all through her tenure during the 80’s and the early 90’s. She is said to have received this title after she portrayed the role of ‘Silk’ in Tamil movie Vandi Chakkara. She gathered limelight thereafter with bold performances in numerous films. She is said to have worked opposite superstars like Rajnikanth, Kamal Hassan and Shivaji Ganesan. One of her memorable performances was in the Kamal Hassan-Sridevi starrer Sadma. Silk Smitha had a sudden decline in her stardom and depression, loneliness and financial crisis is said to have forced her to suicide in 1996. Her life still remains a mystery to many.
According to sources, Vidya Balan was approached for the role after her raunchy performance in Ishqiya where she played the role of a merry widow. Director Milan Luthria says that Vidya has a lot of sensuousness that will be well captured on screen in The Dirty Picture. Vidya is said to have rejected the idea of gaining some extra kilos for this role and says that she is confident that she would be able to portray the character with utmost oomph and rawness. Emraan Hashmi would be seen in the role of a pimp while Nasir ji would be romancing Vidya once again after Ishqiya. The role of Emraan Hashmi was supposed to be done by Ajay Devgan. Though Ajay was the director’s first choice, some remuneration issues did not really make that happen…….and that’s when Emraan stepped in.
The film is planned to be dubbed in South Indian languages as well once it is ready in Hindi. The Dirty Picture is already in news with the skimpy costumes that designer Niharika Khan would be making for Vidya. This would definitely be a few steps ahead for Vidya who is known for her usual coyness and next-door-girl image. We hope that Vidya’s fans appreciate this effort of hers and she gets what she is usually used to…… loads of applauses and critical acclaims.