Actress Vidya Balan’s clout and star-power has gone by several notches after the release of her latest film The Dirty Picture which hit the screens a fortnight back. The film is based on the life of ‘Silk’ Smitha, believed by many as Kollywood’s ultimate sex symbol. Smitha, who remained an integral part of almost all the Tamil which release during the eighties till the mid-nineties, committed suicide in 1996.
Till date, the mystery shrouding her death remains unsolved. Milan Luthria has directed the film The Dirty Picture which has Vidya playing ‘Silk’ Smitha. In order to prepare herself for Smitha’s role, Vidya did her homework pretty well by visiting the late actress’ ancestral home in Andhra Pradesh and interacting with her relatives and friends. She also put on some ‘flab’ around her waist to get the ‘Silk’ look.
The film has been appreciated by the Mumbai media. Vidya’s performance, in particular, has been hailed as one of her ‘best performances’ as on date. Apprehensions were cast by many when the film was launched a few months back saying Vidya, who has always been known for her family-oriented roles and not for any ‘exposing’ roles, won’t fit the bill as Kollywood’s ‘No.1’ Item Girl in the film.
Thanks to the film’s success, Vidya has been getting more offers than she can handle at present. Vidya’s glamourous costumes and her sexy dancing are said to be important among the many other factors which led to the film’s success. Vidya, though, doesn’t have any qualms in playing Smitha in the film. “Glamour is good, of you ask me. The only thing is that it should never look obscene,” says Vidya.
“Many though I wouldn’t be able to carry off this glamourous roles but I’m happy that I have proved them wrong. I have been getting quite a lot of offers, most of them being glamour-filled roles. I’m not on a signing-spree and would ‘expose’ only when the script demands it and if I feel that it’s absolutely essential,” concludes Vidya.