Movie Review: The Dirty Picture (2011)
Imagine a make-up girl who became an extra and then the most wanted heroine of the early 80s.Chronicling the meteoric rise and steep fall of the erstwhile screen sensation, THE DIRTY PICTURE is set against the colorful and entertaining backdrop of the fierce male-dominated South-Indian film industry of the 80s.
THE DIRTY PICTURE is a biopic on the life and times of Silk Smitha, a sought-after actress of the 80s.The quintessential siren, Silk, knew her audiences, and it didn’t seem like anything would stop the ambitious starlet, till it did, in the form of unrequited love.To the world, she was the queen of sensuality. But at heart, she was just another woman yearning for love in a ruthless world.
THE DIRTY PICTURE not only draws attention to the life of a sex goddess, but also makes us responsive of the catastrophe behind the facade. Silk — the principal character in THE DIRTY PICTURE — provides titillation to millions of viewers, but dies a forlorn and heartbreaking death. She battles fame, fortune and alcohol. Brave, daring and provocative, THE DIRTY PICTURE doesn’t cross the line into impropriety and offensiveness.
THE DIRTY PICTURE banks heavily on shock-value, sex-value and most importantly, script-value. It’s an exceptional portrayal of an ordinary person’s rise from scratch to extraordinary heights and her subsequent fall. Without doubt, it is one of the most comprehensive scripts to come out of the Hindi film industry in 2011. A film with a universal theme and terrific mass connect, it has remarkable potential to set the cash registers ringing for one more valid reason — entertainment, entertainment and entertainment.