Once Upon A Time In Mumbai, was a huge turning point in the life of Director Milan Luthria. It showcased to the entire world what this man was capable of. Following it up with an equally big hit, if not bigger would pose a challenge for even the stalwarts of the industry. So after a year, Milan presents The Dirty Picture.
Based on the life of an item girl, rising slowly up the ranks to become a top female actress and then her fall, with the backdrop of the cinemas of the 80s, the film is about Reshma (Vidya Balan) a small time girl wanting to make it big, in the big bad world of Bollywood.
Without revealing much, the story is as simple as it gets - the rise of the underdog and the stardom which follows success and then the ungracious fall.
It is in the performances, the dialogues and the taut screenplay where the heart of this film lies. The manner in which Reshma, uses and gets used by the fraternity is the crux of the film.
The star of the show has to be definitely Rajat Arora (OUATIM). It is his near perfect screenplay and crafty dialogues, which appeal in the film. Since it is for the adult audiences, the writer has taken the liberty to use the subject of sex and sleaze in a classy manner, rather than tripping over the fine line and making a vulgar product. There are quite a few clap worthy and whistle blowing dialogues which will be enjoyed by one and all, as seen in reference to the film. Naseer mouthing jawani to taste karne ke liye hoti hai, waste karne ke liye nahi will definitely set the mood for the film. There are quite a few situations in the film where the dialogues take the momentum of the film to a new high, such as Silks interaction with Suryas wife (Shivani Tanskale), Silks award winning speech, the car driving episode between Ramakant (Tushar Kapoor) and Silk and all of the dialogues between Silk and Abraham (Emraan Hashmi).
The music by Vishal Shekhar is keeping in mind with the times, wherein the stars used to dance amongst rolling oranges and atop huge drums with an army of dancers in the colourful backgrounds. Lets not forget the huge kalsas which used to keep increasing in a pyramid form on the beats of the songs (Ta thaiya anyone?). Ooh la la is already a rage amongst all audiences, need we say more.
The cinematography by Bobby Singh is magnificent. Choreography by Pony Prakash Raj excellent.
Anju Mahendru as the well known journalist of the 80s gives an excellent performance. Rajesh Sharma as the supportive producer who gives Silk her first break is very good.
Tushaar Kapoor donning the heavy moustache, somehow does not come across as strong as the character that he is supposed to be playing and hence feels a let down at times.
Naseeruddin Shah proves yet again why he is the Shah of acting. Those colourful glasses, painted moustache, simply brilliant. He shows his wizardry over the craft in the photo shoot, when told by the photographers thoda pet andar lijiye. His character is the life of the film, providing all the seeti moments.
Emraan Hashmi (Dil To Baccha Hai Ji, Once Upon A Time In Mumbai) again takes on a challenging role in a woman oriented film and lives the character with elan. His frustration and subsequent love for Silk are poignant.
Vidya is on a roll. She is proving that she is the other end of the spectrum, where heroines are known for their flat tummy and skimpy shorts. Not only does she carry off the excess weight put on for the film with style, she looks sensuous rather than sleazy. After PAA and Ishqiya, do not be surprised for a hat trick for her in the awards season next year. If Naseer is the life of the film, Vidya is the soul. By taking on this role and performing it with such ease she once again pushes the envelope further. Vidya deserves every praise that she gets for doing this role and doing it the best in todays times!
Milan Luthria really lives upto the expectations raised after OUATIM. Although dealing with a subject of sex and sleaze, he handles it so well that it will appeal to one and all. That shows his maturity as a director. Taking on a film with a completely hatke subject and showcasing it so well to the ever hungry audiences. Kudos to him and Ekta Kapoor for making this film. Undoubtedly one of the best films of the year, once again starring Vidya Balan.
Does it have The Y Factor:YES!!!!!
Rating:8 / 10