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The Dirty Picture

The Dirty Picture Movie

Year: 2011

Banner: Balaji Motion Pictures Ltd Balaji Motion Pictures Ltd

Genre: Musical

Producer: Ekta Kapoor , Shobha Kapoor

Director: Milan Luthria

Cast: Vidya Balan , Naseeruddin Shah , Emraan Hashmi | See full cast and crew


The film opens with Reshma (Vidya Balan) running away from her house to Chennai a day before her marriage. She tries her best to get a role in a movie as a side dancer but is eventually insulted by the casting director for being unattractive and useless. However the determined Reshma goes to the film shoot to convince him once again thereby grabbing the role of a side dancer. She wears revealing outfits and dances with whips to the most erotic dance movements and expressions. Annoyed by this is the film’s director Abraham (Emraan Hashmi) who is confident of his own creative art in film-making and does not believe in cheap tricks of displaying erotic and sensual content on screen. The film however fails to impress crowds much to the dismay of the producer SelvaGanesh (Rajesh Sharma) who couldn’t earn much profit. He meets Reshma offering her a song in his upcoming film and suggests that she would now be referred as “Silk” thereafter.

At the first shoot, Reshma now “Silk” is spellbound to meet Suryakanth (Naseeruddin Shah) as he has been her idol actor since childhood. The shoot goes unsuccessful much to the disappointment of the arrogant Suryakanth. Silk, succeeds in seducing and convincing Suryakanth by agreeing to establish a long sexual relationship with him. Meanwhile, Abraham proposes a new film to SelvaGanesh and is very keen to cast Suryakanth. But Suryakanth suggests Abraham to add spice and sex (hinting towards Silk) in the film to make it more commercially viable. This angers Abraham to the core and he develops a strong hatred towards Silk. Silk however is determined and confident that all that public want is entertainment and she gives them that. She goes on to do a lot of erotic and sensual movies with Suryakanth playing very bold characters, wearing sexy and revealing clothes and dancing seductively with lead actors. She now has a lot of male fans who drool over her and go weak at their knees when they see her. Within a short span of time she becomes immensely popular and gains much wealth and reputation as the South Sex Star.

Suryakanth’s younger brother and writer Ramakanth (Tusshar Kapoor) reveals he’s a big fan and admirer of Silk and tries to befriend her. Silk is finally happy that someone loves her for herself and not her body. They both go to Silk’s original house where her mother disconnects with Silk forever. At an award ceremony, Silk is being rewarded for her performance but is also being insulted by Suryakanth by saying that Silk is the dirty secret that no one wants to talk about in broad daylight. But Silk is determined to continue making her "Dirty Pictures” and has no qualms about it.

Silk spends time with her newfound admirer Ramakanth, who is now in love with her. Sensing this as possible sensational news, noted journalist Naila (Anju Mahendru) publishes an article in a newspaper degrading Silk for her character and accusing her of seducing and using both the brothers to get opportunities in films. Suryakanth finally drops Silk of his forthcoming films forcing her to work with other small time film makers. Unhappy about her losing stardom she is unable to concentrate on her work leading to hurls and abuses from directors. Later at a party, Silk meets Shakeela. Feeling threatened that Shakeela might replace her in the movie industry; she insults her and challenges her to take up a dance competition. At the end of the dance, Silk makes Shakeela trip intentionally showing her that she cannot be beaten, much to the embarrassment of Ramakanth and as expected, he breaks off with her.

Silk’s life starts falling apart. Feminists and critics degrade her. She is an alcoholic and a chain smoker. She has gained weight due to which no producer wants to cast her in their movies. She approaches SelvaGanesh to produce a film which turns out to be a disaster and eventually loses all her wealth and fame. Abraham who earlier hated Silk has now developed a soft corner for her in his heart. Unable to stop thinking about her, he heads off to Silk’s house in the night where they spend the night together not by making love but by talking about Silk’s struggles in her life and her stardom. He is finally in love with Silk for the wonderful heart she got. But then, Silk has accumulated debt, due to the film’s failure. She is forced to meet a small time film maker whom she met in Ramakanth’s party before. Upon reaching there, she’s shocked to find that the director wants her to do a porn film to which she alarmingly refuses. The director intoxicates her by a drink and starts shooting the film but the place is immediately raided by the police to which everyone including Silk escapes and reaches her home. Meanwhile, Abraham manages to bring Silk’s mother with him and wants to surprise Silk the next morning. That night when he calls Silk from his success party, she says him to bid goodbye to all on her behalf as she is going to sleep. Abraham realizes what Silk is up to and rushes to her home only to find her lying in bed, dressed in red silk sari with traditional Indian make-up but dead. Unable to bear the depression and failure in life, she has killed herself by consuming sleeping pills. At the end, Abraham and her mother perform the funeral rituals.

The entire story is told as a background narration by Abraham who was the only one who could understand Silk’s pain, her desires, her ambitions, her struggles and most importantly her rise and fall to stardom.

Full Cast and Crew

Ekta Kapoor ... Producer

Shobha Kapoor ... Producer

Milan Luthria ... Director

Vidya Balan ... Reshma/Silk
Naseeruddin Shah ... Suryakanth
Emraan Hashmi ... Abraham
Tusshar Kapoor ... Ramakanth
Anju Mahendru ... Naila
Rajesh Sharma ... Selvaganesh
Mangal Kenkre ... Ratnamma
Shivani Tanskale

Vishal-Shekhar ... Music Director

Rajat Aroraa ... Story Writer


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