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The Dirty Picture  review by Hindustan Times
The Dirty Picture  critic rating (Hindustan Times): 3
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The Dirty Picture  critic rating (ibnlive.com): 3
The Dirty Picture  review by bollywoodhungama.com
The Dirty Picture  critic rating (bollywoodhungama.com): 4
The Dirty Picture  review by The Telegraph
The Dirty Picture  critic rating (The Telegraph): 4
The Dirty Picture  review by Times of India
The Dirty Picture  critic rating (Times of India): 4
 
 

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Review of

The Dirty Picture   (2011 - Hindi)

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The Dirty Picture  cumulative rating: 3.7 out of 53.7/5 (254 users)

The Dirty Picture  critics rating: 3.55 out of 5 3.55/5 (12 critics)

My Rating

  • Flogs on and on..

    The Dirty Picture  rating: 8 out of 10(Divya Solgama wrote on 02 Dec 2011)

    Item songs in our film industry are not new phenomena as it has been termed. Just change the name to Cabaret Song or Dance Number or Disco Song, etc and we will find loads of such songs in our Hindi films originating from 60’s or 70’s era. The earlier era used them for songs at some Party or Hotel Show, etc followed by Dance at Villains Den or Seducing the Hero. Songs and dances performed by Helan, Fariyaal, Bindu, Kalpana Iyer and many more have worked many times in the film as a star attraction. People watched them, enjoyed them and remembered them only for these songs and dances. When all this was happening here in our Hindi Cinema, Out there in Madras {Chennai} the Silver screen was burned with the erotic numbers by Silk Smita. She added the ‘oomph’ Factor to all those dance numbers with loads of titillations and skin show. But no one dared to make a film or write a book {Excluding Helan} on the life and behind the scenes story of these Dancing Queens. Director Milan Luthria and his ace writer Rajat Arora brings us an unusual tale of such Dancing queen {Mostly inspired by life and happenings of Silk Smita} in form of their latest film “The Dirty Picture”. Let’s find out if there is any ‘Dum’ in this Picture or might just be a soft porn type films.

    “The Dirty Picture” is story of Reshma/Silk {Vidya Balan} who runs away from her village to work in movies made in Madras. After lots of struggle she manages to get a small part in a dance song. Reshma adds her sensuous touch to that part which gets edited by the director of that film Abraham {Emraan Hashmi}. Sadly the film fails to work and thus the producer of that film Selva Ganesh {Rajesh Sharma} add the edited part and re releases the film in small centers, resulting to a huge hit. Thus Selva Ganesh approaches Reshma and offers her in his next film with Super Star Surya {Naseerudin Shah} and renames her as Silk. Thus starts the up and down journey of Silk in the film industry.

    Story has very high inspiration of Silk Smita’s life and might also remind you Madhur Bhandarkar’s ‘Fashion’. The first half of this film is total Entertaining and has loads of high points. The second half moves towards the second phase of the Siren’s life and thus at some points drags and looses the initial touch. The graph slides down at some points in comparison to the Entertainment content from the first half of the film. Screenplay is superb and does full justice to its subject, we know what lies ahead and still we want to know more, that’s the beauty of the writer. The movie boosts of many good scenes like Vidya Making the Sex Noise to trouble the neighbor, The Pen leak scene, Naseerudin Shah as Ranga the Cowboy, Vidya going to watch her first film in cinema hall, Vidya – Naseer’s first meet followed by Tuning between them, Vidya’s reaction after watching public’s reaction over her first screen act, Vidya’s Interview at her home, Tusshar – Vidya’s car chat, Vidya’s Award speech followed by Anju Mahendru’s advice, Tusshar teaching Vidya drive a car, Vidya’s reaction outside Anju Mahendru’s Party, Tusshar narrating story to Naseer, Emraan Vidya chat at the beach, Vidya approaching directors for role, Vidya being drugged and the whole episode after that followed by her letter to the world and many more. On the flip side the second half dragged at many points and the emotional connection of Vidya for Naseer dint appeal followed by Tusshar’s half baked role and confused character. Editing is superb especially in the first half and barring one or two scenes in the second half. Camera work is good and has managed to capture the Era and Aura.

    Music by Vishal Shekhar is total catchy and peppy. “Ooh Lala” is the chartbuster song with repeat value, “Honeymoon” could have been shorten, and “Ishq Sufiyana” is beautiful, Missed “Twinkle Twinkle”. Background music adds the spice to the film. Special mention for ‘Naag Muka” tune.

    Director Milan Luthria could have shown this film in a cheap and sleazy manner, but rather makes a film which appeals to Class, Mass and the front benchers. All the titillating scenes, Skin Show, Adult Dialogs, etc are only as per the script demand. There are no forced scenes or Skin Show which does not take the story and concept ahead. There is a fine thin line between Vulgarity and Sensuousness, and Milan does not cross the line. Kudos to him along his ace writer Rajat Arora for making a film on a topic of Dancing sensation from film industry. The movie might break all the jinks {Film based on film industry does not work, Heroine Oriented films don't work, You need a Superstar to get fantastic opening, etc}and set a new record.

    Rajat Arora’s Dialogs works as another Hero of this film. His lines mouthed by Vidya add more boldness to the character of Silk. “Film Chalane ke liye sirf teen cheezo ki zaroorat hai – Entertainment, Entertainment, Entertainment aur main Entertainment hu”, “Sir you are Genius – It’s a Curse”, “Har aadmi ke liye ek aurat hoti hai...usse bach gaye toh life ban gayi” and many many more fantastic dialogs makes you enjoy this film.

    Vidya Balan is the real hero of this film. One needs guts to do such character, which involves skin show, talking adult stuffs, titillating its audiences and looking ugly in tight clothes towards the finale of the film. I cannot imagine another actress from the recent lot in this role. She does total justice to her character and one can feel it through her performance and body language. Naseerudin Shah adds another feather to its cap as a masala movies super star of that era. He might remind you Navin Nischol from Nagesh Kukunoors Bollywood Calling. Loved to see him dancing in Jeetendra style in ‘Ooh Lala”. Emraan Hashmi does a fine job as a person who hates Silk followed by falling in for her. Tusshar Kapoor looks different but has a half baked role. Rajesh Sharma and Anju Mahendru add charm to their character.

    So bol meri “Filmi Khopdi” is film mein kitna hai Dum ?

    Dum?? When we have a story based on Silk Smita, it has to be total Dumdaar. Yes loads of Entertainment with some fine performance and matured direction followed by ace writing makes this movie total ‘Paisa Vasool’. It’s very rare that a film based on Film Industry works with masses and classes. Out here it not only works but adds the front benchers too and might set a new genre and examples for our Hindi film makers. For all those orthodox people and those with eye for detail [focusing only at the titillation or sex part], Please avoid this film as it’s only for Matured audience. I remember Neha Dhupia quoted once that “Only sex and Shahrukh Khan sell.” But looks like she might have to change her quote to “Sex with good script and fine performance not only sells but flogs on and on”

    Ratings : 3.75/5

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