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Dirty Picture

Dirty Picture

Language Tamil
Format DVD
DVD Regions All regions
Actor(s) Naseeruddin Shah, Emraan Hashmi, Tusshar Kapoor, Imran Hasnee, Vidya Balan, Anju Mahendroo
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The Dirty picture directed by Milind Luthria was released on 2nd December 2011 is a biographical drama film based on the life of Silk Smitha and few other southern actresses like Nylon Nalini and Disco Shanti. The film was released in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu worldwide. The Dirty picture proved to be both commercial and a critical success. So, dive into the riveting storyline of this movie thanks to this DVD set. The lead role is played by Vidya Balan who received a lot of praise for portraying the role of Silk Smitha. The film also got praised for portraying women as power with a male in a male dominated society. Dirty picture did a business of Rs 1.4 billion against its production budget of Rs 190 million. The cast of the film was interesting and unconventional as is in all the Balaji films.

During the research work very little material was found so the director and script, director Rajat Arora took details of Smitha life from party gossip. All the actors of the film attended vigorous training to familiarize themselves with the body language of the south Indian characters. The shooting of the film started on 21st May 2011 and its promos were released in theatres on 30th August. It's trailer got more than a million hits in 2 days on YouTube. The music of the film was equally popular, the "ooh-la-la" track composed and sung by Bhappi Lahri and " Ishq Sufiyana" sung by Kamal Khan are the best of the album.

The story revolves around the protagonist Rashmi played by Vidya Balan who runs away from her house in Chennai to become a heroine, after being insulted for being ugly and useless by the direction team , she becomes a side dancer to prove her worth. She dances with erotic movements, but the director Abraham essayed by Emraan Hashmi is annoyed and doesn't like it so he edits her role out the entire dance. Unfortunately the film flops at the box office, but the producer of the film Selva Ganesh (Rajesh Sharma) offers Reshma a song for his next movie and gives her the name Silk. In the movie Silk has a dance with Suryakanth (Nasseruddin Shah) who is her idol. She seduces him and gets into sexual relations with him.

Suryakanth recommends her to all his producers, thus getting a lot of work for Silk. Abraham once again approaches Silva Ganesh with a script to cast Suryakanth but Suryakanth suggestion of adding sex to make a commercially acceptable film is not accepted by Abharam who leaves the film. in the mean while Silk becomes very popular and rich. Suryakanth's brother Ramakanth (Tusshar Kapoor) tries to befriend Silk as he secretly loves her. Silk is finally happy thinking that she has found someone who loves her for what she is and not for who she is portraying to be and she starts spending more and more time with him. A famous journalist Naila (Anju Mahendru) criticises Silk for two timing both the brothers. Suryakanth insults Silk at an award function and drops her from all his forthcoming films. A much younger actress Shakeela becomes a threat for her so Silk intentionally trips Shakeela after a dance challenge which embarrasses Ramakanth and he breaks up with her. After the rejection by her lovers and initially by her mother Silk turns to alcohol and smoking due to which she gains weight and everyone loses interest in her. She tries to try her hand at production with Silva Ganesh but fails as her film bombs at the box office and she becomes bankrupt.

Abraham on the other hand directs a blockbuster film and Silk is used by a small time filmmaker who intoxicates her and tries to film a porn film featuring her. Abharam starts admiring Silk for her courage much to his own surprise. He traces Silk's mother to surprise her and calls Silk at night and during the conversation she asks him to say goodbye to everyone on her behalf, but something in her voice makes Abharam rush to her house where he finds her dead from an overdose of sleeping pills leaving behind a mystery of her life.

The DVD set of Dirty Picture is available on at a very reasonable price.

Product Details
Language Tamil
Publication Date January 1, 2012
Theatrical Release Date January 1, 2012
Format DVD
DVD Regions All regions
Genre Drama
Censor Rating A (Adults Only)
Actor(s) Naseeruddin Shah, Emraan Hashmi, Tusshar Kapoor, Imran Hasnee, Vidya Balan, Anju Mahendroo
Director(s) Milan Luthria
No of Discs 1
ESRB Rating Everyone
Studio Shemaroo

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  1.  dirty dirty dirty 22 November, 2013 On
    It’s the mid-1980s. An ageing, vain superstar is surrounded by his cronies as a script writer narrates to him a story about an orphan. 'This orphan hero angle is so '60s,' cuts in the star. 'Let’s give the hero a family for a change. Let’s give him a sister too. Then let’s get her raped.' Everyone around can’t stop marveling at the idea. The writer is impressed too. 'Let’s make this movie,' he says.

    The ’80s was probably the lowest point in our cinema. Doodh ka karz, behen ka badla and maa kasam ruled, as plot lines of each film resembled that of the other. The story almost always revolved around the film’s lead star, a comedy track was a must, there had to be a punch line in every scene, and crassness was a necessary ingredient. There was also a vamp prancing in skimpily clad outfits around the good-hearted hero, before he spurned her advances for the pristine heroine. But even as we may squirm at some of these films today, many of them continue to entertain us on lazy Sunday afternoons. Even camp, after all, must be celebrated.

    And that is what The Dirty Picture does. Meant to be a biopic of south siren Silk Smitha, the film really is a recreation of an era when hyperbole in cinema was cool. It also pays tribute to all things inane about our films. Even as it depicts an era when the formula ruled, The Dirty Picture lives the formula itself.

    Director Milan Luthria and writer Rajat Arora give us a dialoguebaazi-filled potboiler that plays to the gallery, and is a vehicle for its lead actor Vidya Balan to display histrionics. Entertainment is the sole purpose. It has its shares of inanities, especially in the latter half (another trait typical to our films – the post-interval mishmash), but has enough masala and good performances to ride us through to the end. If I may use the oft-repeated trade jargon, The Dirty Picture is complete paisa vasool.

    The tempo is racy. The Tamil song, ‘Nakka Mukka’ (from the 2008 film, Kadhalil Vizhunthen), blares as the opening credits roll. The song then appears at strategic points in the narrative, one where Vidya gyrates suggestively, licking her lips as she thrusts her hips hard. It’s a masterstroke, buying the rights to the song, and it continues to ring in your ears much after you’ve walked out of theatre. The Bappi Lahiri ditty ‘Ooh la la’ is, then, second best.

    Vidya plays junior artist Reshma (Hindi for silk, also probably a reference to one of Silk Smitha’s popular early films, Reshma Ki Jawani), before film producer Silva Ganesh christens her Silk. She goofs up her first big break -- an item song with superstar Suryakant. Naseeruddin Shah gives a pitch-perfect performance as matinee idol Suryakant, each body movement laudable; every expression priceless. Shah makes the role his own, making it impossible to envision any other actor in his place. “What makes you special?” he asks Silk. “I have had 500 women before you.” She looks at him, eyes sparking, and says, “But have you had the same woman 500 times?” He’s visibly surprised; even pleased. So are you.

    To have a Hindi film heroine who is unapologetic about using her sexuality to achieve means is always welcome. To have a Hindi film heroine who does it with such relish is a real victory. And Vidya Balan pulls off Silk in a manner no current female actor can. Heck, no actor in recent times has -- if I may say so -- the balls to give himself/herself to a role as wholeheartedly as Vidya has (barring, probably, Ranbir Kapoor in Rockstar). She is fearless, giving an uninhibited portrayal of someone who enjoys adulation, but dies a lonely death. She is the fantasy of millions, but craves love. She doesn’t get it. And Vidya brings all that -- the flamboyance, the sensuality, the heartbreak -- to her role (and without coming across even a tad vulgar).

    And she is aided by some fiery dialogue by Arora. The one-liners come thick and fast (so many, you lose track after a point), some meant to amuse, others a tool to shock. This is no out-and-out skin show (although there’s ample cleavage on display); it’s the dialogue that makes The Dirty Picture sassy.

    But post-interval, the writing lags. The track involving Silk and Suryakant’s brother, played by Tusshar, slows down proceedings mainly because Tusshar fails to rise to the challenge of performing with far more able actors. He sticks out like a sore thumb.

    Emraan Hashmi, on the other hand, is good. The chemistry between him and Vidya is sizzling (the two dislike each other, making their scenes interesting). But the need to pander to Emraan’s ‘hero’ image jars. Why else would a filmmaker (played by Hashmi) turn hero suddenly, especially when there was a clear alternative Arora/Luthria could have opted for? He’s given a song too, one that is lilting but slows down the tempo. It’s kinda funny -- the film speaks of the misogynistic nature of the film industry but can’t entirely escape it.
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  2.  The Dirty Picture: Kitsch made kosher 8 June, 2014 On
    Pritish Nandy, in his recent article on Dev Anand quoted, “It was Bollywood’s worst kept secret that no one went to watch his movies anymore.” Taking a leaf from the column, I’d like to proclaim, “It’s our nation’s worst kept secret that almost everyone (especially men) must’ve surely watched films from the genre of Kantilal Shah, Tinto Brass & Co., which we euphemistically call, The Dirty Picture.” Milan Luthria’s latest offering, ‘The Dirty Picture’ delves into these forbidden territories albeit maintaining dignity, which isn’t a tough nut to crack (no pun intended).

    Vidya Balan essays the role inspired from the real life of Smitha Silk, and showcases her acting prowess through a nuanced gait, mannerism and body language in each frame. She seems a different woman with each leading character, be it Tushar Kapoor, Naseeruddin Shah, and Emraan Hashmi or even character artists (notice the way she retorts to a guy on his ‘pichkaari’, pecks on the cheek of an adolescent fan, dialogue-baazi with film critic, and interactions with her mentor).

    The performance is so strong that it towers over everyone else. The dialogues by Rajat Arora (the writer who left us awe-inspired in ‘Once upon a time in Mumbai), though smartly crafted, desperately try playing to the gallery. The leitmotif, ‘Nakka Mukka’ works, but Ooh La La still hits the highest note. A must-watch film, indeed! The only problem is you might have to lie to your parents after watching it. After all, it’s a dirty picture, isn’t it?
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  3. 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
     Brilliant Performance 6 November, 2012 On
    Balana captures the conflicted life...of a young woman unprepared for the realities of her dreams. Had Luthria's film fully committed to the painful truth as much as its leading lady, it may have honoured Smitha's memory far more substantially.
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  4.  Very Dirty 17 December, 2013 On
    As the name tells, it is very dirty movie.
    I dont like it at all.
    Vidya balan is such a good & beautiful actress .
    I dont know why she agreed to do movie like this.

    I agree , she acted very good.
    But, glamour does not suit her.
    worth to watch for her acting.
    Definitely not a Family movie !
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  5.  Nice 26 December, 2013 On
    The name of the movie might astonish you but the movie will tell you the reality that how an actress needs an attention to become popular in those days...By seeing the pictures from the movie will make you say Cheeeee, But infact the movie will show the way it is being done..

    Kind of emotional but nice
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  6.  A TRIBIUTE TO SMITA.. 28 December, 2013 On
    This one is the journey of a famous actress Silk Smita of those days. Vidya Balan did a splendid job. This one is a turning movie and better to say a milestone for her carrier. Naseeruddin and Imran Hasmji also did their job so beautifully. Overall it is a very good movie.
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  7. 2 of 3 people found this review helpful
     Loved It - The Reality Behind The Scene 11 December, 2013 On
    This was a fantastic movie depicting the real life picture of a movie star. The rise and fall of stardom, the compromises, the luxuries, the losses and the wins that become part of life once a person falls into this lifestyle. The life totally changes and becomes artificial rather than living a real life.

    Vidya Balan did a fantastic piece of acting and so did Naseeruddin Shah, Imraan Hashmi and other actors.
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