Though I had not expected much; having seen Silk Smitha in Sadma (doing full justice to her reputation), and a few other snippets on channels in our days down South, Vidya seemed a sad choice. Because to create Silk’s sultry face, the ‘come hither’ eyes or those ‘kiss me’ lips, was not possible unless one had looks like that. But what Vidya lacked in the face, she more than made up in her ‘attitude’; because at the end of the day ‘sex’ or ‘oomph’ is largely about attitude. The movie is another ‘rise and fall’ story, and having claimed to be nothing more than that, is a feather in the cap both for Director Milan Luthria and Vidya Balan. They have walked the thin line between vulgarity and reality and have emerged unscathed. At no point of The Dirty Picture, was the picture dirty. If anything, it was a gutsy girl’s choice in life, to follow her dreams, in any which way she chose. If men used her, she used them too. Where she failed was perhaps in her inability to handle fame. Showbiz is difficult terrain and an unforgiving lover. This is what the small-town girl failed to realize, blinded by glamour and fame. The script was great; witty, double-edged, raunchy; you name it and it was there, till you had the feeling of being bull-dozed by verbal punches, just one more reminder that too much of anything good is bad. In all this adulation about the director and the actress, we almost miss out Naseeruddin Shah as Surya, the aged, pompous and prick of an actor. Vidya and Naseer seem to have a definite chemistry, seeing them as I did after Ishqiyan. Go for it folks; it’s worth a watch.