The Vidya Balan festival


The Plot
Reshma (Vidya) has run away from home, on the night before her wedding, to big bad Madras to act in the movies. But to become a star, she becomes Silk. And the object of every man’s lust. Loosely based on the life and times of Silk Smitha, the film shows Reshma’s rise and fall as a ‘star’ through her three romances.

By Mona J

The Dirty Picture
The Dirty Picture
Milan Luthria
Vidya Balan, Naseeruddin Shah, Emraan Hashmi, Tusshar Kapoor

+10 To Vidya Balan, for making the movie her own in the first one minute. Plus five for repeating that in the first one minute in front of the camera.

+4 To Silk’s Maker, the cutting-edge producer as he sits by the director and sees the bigger picture within the item number.

+10 To “Filmein Sirf Teen Cheezon Pe Chalti Hai:entertainment, entertainment, entertainment. Aur main entertainment hoon.”

+2 To The Insane Item Number Costumes. Although the sets don’t really work.

-10 To The ’70s Hindi Film Background Score. And the ’70s Hindi film dialogue. But plus two for the ’70s boobage.

-2 To Emotional Manipulation like Silk betting on the underdog horse.

-6 For The Film Critic dishing out advice during the pregnant pause at the end of an awards speech.

Stills from the film

+2 To The Vidya Balan-Tusshar Kapoor chemistry, especially the driving scene.

-4 Because What Is Up With The Metaphors? And why does every line need them?

+8 To Naseeruddin Shah, for playing the perfect caricature superstar from the south with incredible amounts of comfort.

4 Because Silk’s Star Tantrums seem to come out of nowhere, unlike her career transitions and associated happiness.

-6 To Emraan Hashmi’s Scenes and his voiceovers. They have no chemistry and he needs to be in a good comedy. Plus three to the character, though.

-10 Because All Characters, except the four Leads, start to feel like talking heads by The time we reach the interval. And we keep Wondering which world is the film set in.


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