Review : The Dirty Picture – Highly Entertaining flick
Published on Dec 3, 2011 2:03 am IST
Release date: 2 December 2011 Rating : 3.5/5
Director : Milan Luthria
Producer : Ekta Kapoor, Shobha Kapoored
Music Director : Vishal Dadlani, Shekhar Ravjiani
Starring: Vidya Balan, Naseruddin Shah, Emraan Hashmi, Tusshar Kapoor, Imran Hasnee, Anju Mahendroo

Vidya Balan’s ‘The Dirty Picture’ is one of the most anxiously awaited and controversial releases of the year. The movie, touted to be a biopic of the late siren Silk Smitha, has released all over the world today.Milan Luthria is the director and Ekta Kapoor has produced this film. Let us see how the movie stacks up.


Reshma ( Vidya Balan) is a young woman who has a strong desire to make it big as an actress. She lands in Chennai and tries to get a break in the movie industry. After failing to get a break as an actress, she lands a role as an item girl and that transforms her life overnight. She takes the movie industry by storm as Silk, the epitome of sensuality and glamour. Her films bring in bucket-loads of money and she gains millions of fans. There is nothing she can do wrong.

But as her fame and fortunes rise, a series of failed affairs with Southern Superstar Suryakant (Naseeruddin Shah) and Ramakant (Tushar) depress her and she starts losing control over herself and her career. She turns to alcohol to escape from her sadness and her  family shuns her. A new siren on the block also threatens her domination. As her life falls apart, Director Abraham (Emran Hashmi) who is her worst critic and staunchest hater, stands by her side. But is it a case of too little too late? That forms the rest of the story.

Plus Points :

Take a bow Vidya Balan. You have delivered a stunningly effective performance. Vidya Balan is perfect in the role of Silk aka Reshma. She and she alone could have done this character with so much conviction. Vidya Balan looks extremely sensuous in the movie, but no where does it go overboard. In other words, she does not look cheap or vulgar. Posters of  her voluptuous frame will be worshipped by thousands of teenagers on the walls of their rooms for years to come.

Naseeruddin Shah is perfect as the matinee idol Suryakant. He delivers a superb performance and there are some truly humorous moments in his characterization. He delivers punch dialogues with ease and conviction. Emraan Hashmi and Tushar Kapoor are ok in their roles. Sadly, Emraan does not get to indulge in his usual ‘famous acts’ in this ‘Dirty Picture’. Anju Mahendru is perfect as the journalist.

Songs have been picturized well and are well integrated into the movie. The scenes involving Vidya Balan and the other principal characters in the movie have been etched very well. There is some very strong emotional content towards the climax and it has been brought out well.

The first half is highly entertaining and Milan Luthria’s direction is top notch. The movie has a very strong script and that is a major asset.

Minus Points :

The second half has a slightly slow pace in some instances. There are some very cliched moments in the film and certain characters are left incomplete. The real reason for Vidya’s poor relations with her mother are not properly established.

Some of the scenes and dialogues may be hard to digest for a few people.

Technical Departments :

Music and background score are major assets for the movie. They are loud and boisterous, but they are perfect for the movie. The song ‘ Ooh La La’ drew whistles and claps from the front benchers. Cinematography and editing are decent.

Dialogues are top notch and will bring whistles in B and C Centers. The director and the script writer have succeeded in making a film that is extremely bold and sensuous but also classy. That is a very difficult thing to do.

Verdict :

‘The Dirty Picture’ belongs to Vidya Balan. She will make you laugh. She will make you cry. She will excite you tremendously and take you on a very entertaining roller coaster ride. A strong script, good direction and entertaining screenplay are major assets. Go and watch ‘The Dirty Picture’. It is worth it.

Mahesh K.S Rating : 3.5/5


Legend: 5 – Flawless

4 – Must Watch

3 – One Time Watch

2 – Wait for the DVD

1 – Stay Away

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