Vidya Balan is turning out to be a woman of contradictions. The prim and propah nari clad in a sari can dare to bare too, proves Vidya quite aptly with her next film Dirty Picture in which she plays Silk Smitha, the sex bomb from south.
South siren Silk Smitha was known for her unabashed display of sexuality on screen in the 1980s. She worked in over 200 south Indian films and her life ended mysteriously when she was found dead in her Chennai apartment in 1996. She was just 35 years old.
“I loved the script and was almost shocked that they (Milan and producers Balaji) thought of me. I was shocked and thrilled because she is so unlike me. Silk Smitha's sexuality is on your face. It is almost offensive,” Balan is quoted as saying by a news agency.
The film’s title Dirty Picture is likely to raise a few brows but Vidya thinks it’s apt.
“I think Dirty Picture is an apt title for the movie. It is reflective of our perception of her. We feel that she could not have made a pretty picture,” Balan added.
From the sombre and brooding Sabrina of No One Killed Jessica to the sexy and bawdy Silk Smitha of Dirty Picture, it would be quite a leap for Vidya. Not for nothing is she lapping up the Best Actress trophies at award functions.