Wednesday, August 31, 2011

The Dirty Picture

The Dirty Picture, the Silk Smitha biopic, is generating much chatter after the release of the official promos.

Smitha, a South Indian movie heroine, died in 1996, a probable suicide at age 36. For that and other reasons, she draws comparisons to Marilyn Monroe.

Normally, I dislike those E!nglish parallels ("He's India's George Clooney!" "She's India's Meryl Streep!") But in this case, it's less about putting it into a western context for easier digestibility, and more about something universal that connects both Marilyn and Silk, women who arose in puritannical times and shook all the timbers with their unbridled and complex sexuality, before being consumed.

Silk took on bolder roles than Marilyn however: "A vast majority of her movies are softcore and a common theme is her playing a freakishly strong agent in skimpy bikinis beating up huge thugs." (Wikipedia) More Silk Smitha videos here.

Produced by Ekta Kapoor of Balaji Films, directed by Milan Luthria and starring Vidya Balan, Naseeruddin Shah, Tusshar Kapoor and Emraan Hashmi.