The Dirty Picture (2011)
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Critic Reviews for The Dirty Picture
Vidya Balan attacks the role with the same ferocity her character nakedly (in more ways than one) pursues fame at any cost, commanding and compelling when Silk is at her most vain, heartbreaking when she falls into increasingly desperate self-destruction.
Balana captures the conflicted life...of a young woman unprepared for the realities of her dreams. Had Luthria's film fully committed to the painful truth as much as its leading lady, it may have honoured Smitha's memory far more substantially.
Audience Reviews for The Dirty Picture
"Filmein sirf teen cheezoh ki wajah se chalti hain: entertainment, entertainment aur entertainment." [Films need only three things to sell: entertainment, entertainment and entertainment.] The above-mentioned dialogue has been included in the promotional trailer and it has earned its share of popularity. Ironically, that's what the screenplay here is lacking for most of the part. The story of rise and fall of a star is quite a familiar plot; this one hardly has anything to add to it. And if you're going to offer so lengthy a movie, you can't afford to lose grip in the screenplay this often. But this one does. And does it all in the name of the entertainment. As if that weren't enough, the writer adds a cliched romantic plot (supposed to be seen as a twist) in the last half hour. Had it not been for the performances and dialogues, it would have been quite a task to sit through it. The movie ends tragically as one expects, but one might not have predicted that it'd be a sort of tragedy to sit through it itself. All said and done, its performances and dialogues do deserve 1 star.
Vidya Balan is out of the world as expected but what about Emraan Hashmi who gives a magnificent understated performance. Time to give his talent the respect it deserves? Kudos to Milan Luthria for giving us a Dirty Picture that titilates the mind and shakes up the heart.
Was it miss Balan's fabulous star performance, or the spunky plethora of smart ass comebacks or the whole gamut of splendid dialogues... something about this movie really clicks...and you can wipe that grin off your face, it's not sleaze, although that's the central theme....it was fun to see political incorrectness in correct context.... Or it just might be th 3 straight days of sleep deprived fatigued and numb state of mind..... Go check it out.... It's worth a watch.
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