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THE DIRTY PICTURE movie review: A sexy sizzler with substance
Milan Luthria’s The Dirty Picture works for three reasons: Vidya Balan’s courageous performance, fiery dialogues and a story with heft. But a word of caution: leave behind your prudishness and carry your soul on your sleeve to enjoy the essence of a screen siren’s tragic tale
When you look at the promos of The Dirty Picture you wonder if sex and sleaze is all there is to the biopic loosely based on the story of one of the reigning dancing sensations of the South film industry – Silk Smitha. In the 1980s, she became a quintessential part of southern films because she guaranteed profits with her raunchy and uninhibited performances.
This one is the fairly clichéd story of the rise, reign and fall of a movie star. In The Dirty Picture she’s a dancing queen born Reshma-rechristened-‘Silk’. The film begins with a scene of a young teenager, Reshma, being chided by her mother for flouting her diktats. Next scene, a slightly older Reshma jumps out of the window of her house to escape her own wedding. Cut to a few years later – Reshma (Vidya Balan) is faking the sounds of an orgasm to prevent a couple in the next house from making out, just so she can sleep peacefully. Right then you know that this girl is willing to go to any lengths to get what she wants. And Reshma wants to shine bright in the arc lights. Click here to read more