She is sensuous, she seduces, she is vulnerable and makes your heart cry for her, Vidya Balan as Silk is the heart and soul of The Dirty Picture.
Loosely based on Silk Smitha's life, The Dirty Picture is an out and out Vidya Balan film. She digs into her role with such abandonment and relish that even the crudest scenes and corniest dialogues (the film is full of them) don't sound vulgar or cheap. As Silk, Vidya has brought back the times when a heroine could carry a film entirely on her own shoulders aka Madhuri or Sridevi.
While Emraan and Tushar are competent, it is Naseeruddin Shah as the ageing superstar Surya who delivers the other riveting performance in the movie. A take on all the Balakrishna's and Nagarjuna's of the Southern industry, Naseeruddin ably supports Vidya's strong author backed role.
Director Milan Luthria too does a pretty commendable job with what perhaps is the first bio-pic Hindi cinema has seen. He carries forward the Once Upon A Time In Mumbai flavor and feel in terms of story telling and dialogues, with one punch line after the other, setting the retro feel perfectly and pumping up the entertainment factor.
The Dirty Picture titillates but at the same time also tells an engaging and soulful tale of a woman's ambition to reach the sky. In Silk, Vidya revels and celebrates her body and spirit in a manner that is rarely seen on screen in Hindi Cinema. And then there is the brilliantly entertaining Ooh La La that captures the entire film's essence in just a song.
A definite must watch, The Dirty Picture is in fact the best this year by far.