“The Dirty Picture” loosely based on the life of Silk Smitha is a Vidya Balan film all throughout. The story is of Reshma (Vidya Balan) a girl from a small village and her journey from ordinary extra in tamil films to becoming “Silk” the most sought after item girl in Tamil Films, her relationship with various men from super star Shashikant (Nasseruddin Shah) to his brother Ramakanth (Tushar Kapoor) and the man who hated her the most Abraham (Emraan Hashmi), her rise to fame and her downfall.
The script and screenplay by Rajat Arora is the highlight of the movie, each character is well etched and defined. Though the story is based in 1980’s but yet it is contemporary. The dialogues by Rajat Arora are also a highlight, though some dialogues are extremely bold but it matches the characters and the whole mood of the movie. Milan Luthria does a fantastic job in creating the 80’s whether it is the costumes, the sets and the whole look of the movie.
The performances by each actor is brilliant especially Vidya Balan whose unabashed portrayal of Silk is bold and believable, her portrayal of a small village girl, Silk the star and Silk the lonely human being has been sensitively portrayed and will be nominated for every award. Emraan Hashmi’s portrayal of Abraham is convincing and does complete justice. Naseeruddin Shah as Shashikant the aging super star does complete justice. Tushar Kapoor as Ramakant is good but could have been better. The other support cast like Anju Mahendroo etc are good and does complete justice to their respective characters. The pace is good in the first half but gets stretched at the end a bit of editing could have been done.
The movie has some very strong moments like the awards function sequence. A well made movie though a bit bold but a complete bindaas take on the story of the most controversial star from South Silk Smitha. 4 stars for “The Dirty Picture”.