Friday, December 2, 2011

The Dirty Picture- The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

Reshma is a small town girl who wants to be an actress but is fed up of her failures. She dreams of being with Suryakant, the megastar, but is unable to do anything about it. She, then, decides to take a bold step and uses her body to attract attention of the makers. Abraham, who comes across her, gets irritated of her boldness and alleged shamelessness that he starts hating her. Meanwhile her item song in the movie becomes hit and the film’s producer decides to find her and give her a big break, and also the screen name Silk.

Silk is given a chance to do an item song opposite her childhood fantasy Suryakant, whom she lures and seduces well. Her item song becomes an instant rage and she becomes hit. Everybody wants her to do an item song in the movie and at the same time people hate her in actual for she is bold and doesn’t hesitate.

Suryakant, finally gets bored of her, and starts ignoring her, and that exact moment, his brother, Ramakant, a struggling writer expresses his love for Silk.

Meanwhile, Silk’s downfall has begun as people have started getting bored of her and media has everything bad to say about her. Abraham, finally rises and acts in the same movie he directs, written by Ramakant and becomes hit.

The Good:

Vidya BalanZindagi ek baar mili toh do baar kya sochna!’  Vidya Balan has kicked some serious ass in the movie with her over the top flamboyance. She has set a new milestone to achieve for the other actresses. Full marks for her performance. It must have taken enormous amounts of guts, determination and confidence to take up a role as bold and dangerous as Silk and to perform it with natural flair. Obviously, she is the soul of the movie and has outdone everybody. Superb!

Dialogues: Aapko holi khelne ka toh shauk hai, par aapki pichkaari me dum nahi.’  Brownie points to Rajat Arora for the dialogues. Of course they are highly adult, ambiguous and are perfect examples of crude humor which one certainly cannot enjoy with family, but you can’t take away the credit from that man. Witty and original and funny and so true! If Vidya Balan is the soul, then the dialogues are the heart of the movie.

Male Actors:  Jab Sharafat ke kapde utarte hain toh sabse zada maza shareefo ko hi aata hai.’  I had developed loyalty for Emraan Hashmi due to role and acting his recent movies, but this is for the first time, I am admitting openly that I am his fan. What a man he is! Same can be said aboutNaseeruddin Shah. What is it that this man cannot do! Amazing performance. His shady character always moves the story forward and every time he is present on the screen, you know something different is gonna happen. Tusshar doesn’t get much of the screen time but he has done Okay! All I can say is that he’s getting better with every movie.

First half: ‘Film sirf teen cheezo se chalti hai: Entertainment…Entertainment…Entertainment. Aur mai vo entertainment hoon.’  First half of the movie is the best. The rise and rise of Silk and her exotic moves along with double meaning dialogues and fast paced plot keep you hooked. During the first half, you hear the most claps, whistles and hoots.

Direction: ‘Film me sirf ek hi hero hota hai. Director.’  Milan Luthria has very well tried to pull off a masterstroke by sensationalizing the biggest mystery of Tollywood of 80’s. He has tried to make everything in the movie as authentic as possible with the looks, sets and characters. He gets the credit for making the characters the way they are in the movie.

Music: ‘Ooh  lala…Ooh lala. Tu hai meri fantasy.’  If I were asked, what is one particular thing that Vishal-Shekhar are best at, I’d probably say their choice of Singers for the song. Be it Lucky Ali, Akon, Saleem Merchant, Shankar Mahadevan or, in this case, Bappi Lahiri. They make their singers sing in a way you just can’t resist but love the songs.

The Bad:

Screenplay: ‘Kahaani me masala nahi hai sahab. Nahi chalega. Silk ko bulao. Aag laga degi.’  If Rajat Arora gets all the whistles for the dialogues, then he also gets thumbs down for his loose screenplay. He could’ve used his male characters in a better way and could’ve presented the life history of Silk way better than he actually did. The character detailing is bad and the second half becomes too lengthy and boring, especially when Emraan Hashmi returns in the movie.

Theme: ‘Silk jo chahti hai, kar ke dikhaati hai.’  Sadly, the movie focuses more on Silk’s love, lust and loneliness along with the industry’s love for flesh which turned Reshma into Silk; instead portraying the life history of Silk and showing her in and out. You go into the theater expecting to know more about Silk but end up seeing everything you already know.

The Ugly:

Cleavage: ‘Public samaan dekhti hai, dukaan nahi.’  Before I say anything, understand this - I am a perfectly normal guy who loves girls. And their assets. But Vidya Balan has left me surprised with her ‘too much exposure’ of her body. In the beginning, I was jaw-dropped at her boldness and loved it. Slowly became used to as the movie proceeded, but then towards the end it started to irritate, and I was like, ‘Why is she not wearing any clothes! Damn!’

Editing: ‘Mujhey paise kamaane aur public ko entertainment chahiye. Mai Silk ke is gaane ko daalunga aur dobara film release karunga. Fir dekhna.’  Believe me when I say this, second half dr…rrags unnecessarily. There are moments when you think the movie is about to end but then again takes a new turn and goes on. You will witness the unexpected for sure. But with a negative impact. 

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