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12-02-2011, 02:03 AM #1
THE DIRTY PICTURE quick review: Vidya Balan nails it!
Vidya Balan is definitely ‘bombaat’ and her performance as Silk leaves you flabbergasted
The Dirty Picture manages to stand true to its promise. It is all about entertainment but with a lot more essence. From the word go, the film proves there is substance in this sizzler. Don’t just form your impressions from the sleaze and sex you see in the promos of the film. While we are not aware how much of the movie is truly based on the real Silk Smitha of the 80s but Vidya Balan has nailed it! This is by far Vidya’s best performance till date and we are sure you will agree when you see the film. The actor once again delivers a power packed performance. She has created a new benchmark for her contemporaries. The film is definitely Oh La La and the credit truly goes to Vidya! Watch this space to find out more…...being a human...
12-02-2011, 02:09 AM #2
12-02-2011, 02:24 AM #3Story:
Set in the 80s, The Dirty Picture is a tale of a strong-headed woman named Reshma (Vidya Balan), who can go to any extent to fulfill her dream that of becoming an actress in the South Indian film industry. Post a few hurdles, she becomes an instant sensation 'Silk,' a woman every man desires. But, on her journey to stardom, she eventually starts craving for true love and feels betrayed each time. She gets the first blow, when she misunderstands lust to be love in case of her all-time favourite actor and later a co-star Suryakant (Naseerudin Shah). She is almost trying to cope up when Ramakant (Tusshar Kapoor), a storywriter too disappoints her, though that's truly unfortunate, as he has no wrong intentions. She gets her final blow, when stardom too starts bidding a goodbye to her. Lastly, when her all-time enemy (Ebrahim) Emraan Hashmi, a director turns into her passionate lover, she encounters a sad death.
Expectations are bound to surface, when a film is hyped to no bounds. So, does The Dirty Picture live up to the anticipations? Well, the answer is a big YES. Narration is an art and story-writer Rajat Arora is surely a master at it. First of all, to translate a real-life story on celluloid isn’t easy, but Rajat unfolds the story of Silk with so much conviction that he leaves no room for loop-holes. The beauty of the film is though predictable, yet each frame springs up a surprise as Vidya displays various shades of her character, leading to some interesting situations. What adds to the euphoria is how the three men react to it.
Vidya, indisputably steals the show. This unmatchable talent blows one off with her tremendous entertainment value. So much so, that the other three male leads- Naseeruddin Shah, Tusshar Kapoor and Emraan Hashmi end up becoming mere supporters with due respect to their acting skills. Vidya carries those extra-kilos and gaudy costumes with oodles of confidence. Naseer impresses with various punches in his dialogues and what further does the needful, is his retro look which he carries with a great poise. Tusshar is strictly okay, thanks to his nerdy character. Emraan looks extremely at ease with his role and makes one fall in love with his charm that of a gentleman. Anju Mahendroo does her part well as a journalist.
Milan Luthria does justice to the beautiful scripting and screenplay writing of Rajat, barring the climax that lacks luster, especially after the director pulls off the entire movie with so much brillance. Luthria offers a spicy package with dialogues adding fuel to it. The direction is non-jerky, despite him switching from peppy to low emotions in frequent intervals. The portrayal of Silk’s intelligence through various situations, for instance, how she takes revenge from both Naseer and Anju Mahendroo by being a party blooper and eventually kissing Tusshar is a treat to watch.
Music/ Cinematography/ Dialogues/Editing:
Music is top-notch. The breath-taking Ooh la la is already topping the charts and Ishq Sufiyana is no less, with its extremely soothing tune. Cinematography complements the direction and adds an oomph factor to the screenplay. Dialogues are noteworthy thus, in other words- the lifeline of the film. Editing could have been edgier, as the film seems quite lengthy.
3 Ups and 3 Downs:
Screenplay, direction, performances and above all, the dialogues are the strengths of the film. Editing, absence of the much anticipated song titled Twinkle and a dull climax are the weaknesses.
Overall, a big thumbs up to The Dirty Picture, which is in its truest meaning, an entertainer. Highly recommended!
Last edited by Caasanova; 12-03-2011 at 02:04 AM....being a human...
12-02-2011, 08:30 AM #4
The Dirty Picture has created enough buzz in the media circuit. the film releases this Friday, but a few got the opportunity to watch the film based on Silk Smitha’s life. They all seemed to have loved the film and Vidya's portrayal of the sex-siren. Here are a few excerpts from Twitter:
Saw a preview of THE DIRTY PICTURE last night. Its outstanding. Loved the film, the performances,the direction,the writing, loved everything
Every mainstream actress needs a grand lesson from vidya balan on how to submit and give your hear and soul to a role...she is beyond words! Her performance in DIRTY PICTURE is by far the bravest and best performance I have seen of any actor in years....she is the benchmark!!!
Take a bow team balaji!!! Super film!!! Rajat's brilliant dialogue...milan's nuanced and superb control over the plot...dirty picture rules! Ekta has truly emerged as a producer with a commercial perspective and yet breaking ground vision....more power to her!!!
Saw Dirty Picture. Fabulous. Few Indians make me proud of being Indian. Vidya Balan is one. She isn't just an actor, she is an artist. Superb performance. The movie breaks so many new grounds, and opens the door for Indian biopics. Congrats to Milan Luthria (director) and Rajat Aroraa (writer)
Vidya Balan is to die for in The Dirty Picture. Gutsy, emotionally volatile...haven't seen a performance like hers in years and years...!
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12-02-2011, 08:42 AM #5
12-03-2011, 02:05 AM #6First things first – kudos to the cast and crew for bringing out a film like this! ‘The Dirty Picture’ has all the ingredients of a commercial cinema to keep the audience engaged for 140 minutes, and believe me, it’s definitely not a biopic, and for sure the movie doesn’t feel like a documentary. The makers of the film wanted to accomplish three things with this film, which are – “entertainment, entertainment, entertainment”. Today’s audience wants entertainment, and the film just provides us with that.
Synopsis: As we already know, the film is inspired by the life of ‘Silk’ Smitha – the sex siren who rocked the south film industry during the eighties and the early nineties. Thus the name of the lead character in the film, ‘Silk’. But I believe the similarities just end here. Reshma aka ‘Silk’ is a girl from a small town in Tamil Nadu who runs off to Madras just before the day she is to get married to fulfill her ambition of becoming an actress. But as fate has it, she is unable to garner any opportunities of becoming a lead lady and ends up being a ‘sex siren’ and a ‘vamp’ in films. The rest of the story is about how her career reaches new heights and how it falls to unseen depths, as she becomes addicted to alcohol and begins to age.
Cast and Performances: The primary cast of the film includes names like Vidya Balan, Naseeruddin Shah, Emraan Hashmi and Tusshar Kapoor.
Naseeruddin Shah plays the role of a ‘Southern Superstar’ and he fits the bill perfectly. Tusshar Kapoor plays Nasseruddin Shah’s brother and a budding writer who falls for ‘Silk’. His character in the film is a very subtle one and he gels into his role well. Coming to Emraan Hashmi, one has to say that his acting only keeps improving. Emraan Hashmi’s voice plays a crucial role in the film as he is also narrating the story and his hatred for ‘Silk’. His encounters with Vidya Balan are simply superb.
But of all the cast, the credit definitely has to go the lead lady Vidya Balan. There was Parineeta, then was Ishqiya, then No One Killed Jessica and now it’s The Dirty Picture. One has to say that she’s gotta have guts to play such an audacious character that smokes, drinks, shows oodles of cleavage and utters filthy one-liners. Vidya Balan’s efforts have to be supremely appreciated for she manages to pull off everything that the character requires with supreme panache while not making it look vulgar. For those of you who were thinking that Vidya Balan was risking her career playing the role of ‘Silk’ and she doesn’t have the ‘oomph factor’ of Silk Smitha, just watch the movie and decide for yourself what the lady is capable of.
The rest of the cast is just as convincing.
Technical Departments: After Vidya Balan, the film belongs to the writer, Rajat Arora. His story, screenplay and dialogues are simply superb. It is tough to write an entertaining film inspired by the true story of a ‘sex goddess’ who ended her life abruptly. But Rajat Arora does a fabulous job, and a few one-liners and dialouges of his are sure going to have the audience in splits.
The camera work and editing are slick and suit the mood of the film. ‘Oo la la’ is already playing on many lips, and the background is perfect.
Lastly, the credit has to go to Milan Luthria. This veteran filmmaker is just continuing his form from his last outing (Once Upon a Time in Mumbai). He succeeded in extracting brilliant performances from all his actors and the lead lady especially....being a human...
12-04-2011, 05:27 AM #7
Gutsy Vidya Balan makes 'Dirty Picture' watchableCast: Vidya Balan, Emraan Hashmi, Naseeruddin Shah and Tusshar Kapoor
Director: Milan Luthria
Vidya Balan goes where few have gone before, putting it all out there, literally, for the sake of her art. Pity it's for a film as unremarkable as 'The Dirty Picture'.
At one point in this movie, her character, a titillating dancing star of the 80s, says there are only three ingredients in a film that can guarantee its success: “Entertainment, entertainment, and entertainment.” It’s a point director Milan Luthria and his writer Rajat Arora seem determined to beat into our heads. For The Dirty Picture seems to have been made specifically to shock you.
All those lured in solely by the promise of skin-show are unlikely to complain. Yet, despite its masala scenes, heavy dialoguebaazi and liberal sexual innuendo, in the final analysis, this film is far from perfect. The Dirty Picture takes an unconventional idea and bakes it in a predictable oven.
What it suffers most from, unfortunately, is lazy writing. With a plot straight out of a Madhur Bhandarkar film, and a screenplay that follows a familiar graph, The Dirty Picture offers a superficial, simplistic view of the seamy, exploitative side of the 80s film business. There is little attempt to treat this material with sensitivity and depth. No sir, this film unfolds as a series of provocative scenes strung together on the strength of their sexually loaded dialogues.
Despite repeated testimonials on the part of its makers that their inspiration isn’t Silk Smitha, The Dirty Picture still comes across as a thinly-veiled life-story of the famous South Indian screen siren. In typical filmi fashion, the story opens with Reshma, a village girl, running away to Madras to realize her impossible dreams. Reshma is a Plain Jane, but she wants to be a star. Grabbing an opportunity with both hands, Reshma gyrates seductively in her first break before the camera. She acquires the name Silk, falls into an affair with a much-married superstar, and a siren is born. Her downfall, incidentally, is as quick as her rise – Silk’s recklessness makes her overdose on a ****tail of disastrous love affairs, alcohol, bad debts and excess.
Over the course of the film’s 2 hours 20 minutes running time, we’re introduced to the men in Silk’s life. Naseeruddin Shah is expectedly first-rate as the egotistical, ageing superstar Suryakant, who exploits Silk, then cuts her off ruthlessly. Heartbroken, she takes up with his younger brother Ramakant, played by Tusshar Kapoor. This character seems forced into the plot, and Tusshar is miscast, as is evident by a bizarrely comical dance he breaks into, straight out of those Golmaal movies. Emraan Hashmi is appropriately restrained as Abraham, a director who believes in film as art, and who abhors the idea of inserting steamy numbers in his movie to lure in the crowds. His hatred for Silk seems misplaced, and so does his sudden change of heart…and yet he has the most interesting dynamic with the siren. Alas, it’s too little too late.
Despite the film’s shortcomings, you go the distance for Vidya Balan, who’s riveting as Silk. She plays the part with gusto – it’s a rare performance, one that’s this brave and uninhibited. Vidya pushes the envelope in the way she bares herself both physically and emotionally. Watch how she stops traffic by dancing on the bonnet of a car to disrupt a party she isn’t invited to, or the scene in which she saucily lounges naked in a bathtub while giving an interview to a journalist. Vidya’s lack of vanity and complete surrender to her craft reinforces why she’s miles ahead of her contemporaries.
Alas, one can’t muster up the same enthusiasm for the film. For although The Dirty Picture is nicely shot and comes with a foot-tapping score from Vishal-Shekhar, the makers seem too preoccupied with the style and the fashion of those times. The film is refreshingly judgment-free, but leaves you confused about your feelings for Silk in the end – is she a victim, or just someone who made her bed and had to lay in it?
I’m going with two out of five for the film, and an additional one for Vidya Balan alone, which makes it three out of five for The Dirty Picture. It’s an average film made eminently watchable by its courageous star. Go on, give her the awards already!
Rating: 3 / 5
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12-04-2011, 11:00 PM #8
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12-19-2011, 10:32 PM #9
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