The long-awaited Bollywood film The Dirty Picture released nation-wide last Friday to coincide with the birthday of Kollywood’s ultimate ‘item’ girl ‘Silk’ Smitha, on whose life the film’s script is based on. The film stars the Palakkad-born Vidya Balan in Smitha’s role amid criticism from several quarters that Vidya, known more for her performance-based characters, may not fit the bill appropriately in the on screen role of ‘Silk’ Smitha.
Trade circles in Mumbai point out that the film’s opening hasn’t been that bad in Mumbai and elsewhere. Reports say that the film, directed by Milan Luthria, has been banned from its theatrical release in Pakistan. Veteran actor Naseeruddin Shah and young guns Emraan Hashmi and Tusshar Kapoor are part of the cast.
Bollywood films have, over the years, done very well in Pakistan. Most of the Bollywood stars have huge fan following in the country, notwithstanding the political atmosphere that prevails between Pakistan and India. As Vidya is reasonably popular in popular thanks to her earlier hit films, it was planned to screen The Dirty Picture in as many as 50 halls across Pakistan.
The Censor Board officials in the country, though, have banned the screening of the film in their territory as they feel that some ‘intimate’ sequences featuring Vidya with Naseeruddin, Emraan and Tusshar are not ‘fit’ for general viewing. As such, the much-awaited film is yet to see the light of the day in our neighbouring country.
It is also said that Vidya has hiked her fee significantly on the eve of the film’s release!