31 October, 2020

The Dirty Picture

The film crumbles while negotiating the thin line between a woman’s inherent power and her vulnerability.

The Dirty Picture

Starring: Vidya Balan, Naseeruddin Shah, Emraan Hashmi, Tushar Kapoor
Directed by Milan Luthria
Rating: **

It might be debatable whether The Dirty Picture is based on the life of sex siren Silk Smitha or not, but the film ventures into an interesting, contentious zone. The story of a small-town girl who uses her sexuality to get ahead in a patriarchal, male-dominated world begins with a lot of promise. Not apologetic in the least, Reshma aka Silk (Vidya Balan) is hardly the victim in the game she plays with the several men in her life, including an aging star (Naseeruddin Shah), his pliant brother (Tushar Kapoor) and proud director (Emraan Hashmi). In fact, in a rousing speech at an awards ceremony, the high point of the film, she gives it back to them for their hypocrisy and chauvinism. You can feel the power she has. But...



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