Bollywood actress Vidya balan and silk smith dirty pictures

Vidya Balan lacks the oomph of Silk Smitha, says a south actor

Jamie Foxx picked up an Oscar for playing the rhythm-and-blues musician Ray Charles. And Leonardo DiCaprio won awards and accolades for playing the young Howard Hughes in Martin Scorsese’s 2004 flick The Aviator. Both actors only had a passing resemblance to the real-life characters they portrayed on screen.

It may be best argued that while making biopics, a lot is left to cinematic liberties. Case in point is that of bollywood actress Vidya Balan’s portrayal of the sultry screen icon Silk Smitha. Silk, as everyone knows, got her name because she captured the imagination of most Indian men with her sexy dance numbers in the 80s.

Ever since the first poster of Milan Luthria’s bollywood film The Dirty Picture was posted online, the film has managed to get more than its share of media hype and trade curiosity. Says a leading Bollywood distributor, “There are four or five people who are keen to buy the worldwide theatrical rights of the film, for 18-19 crore reportedly. It is only a matter of time before the deal is closed.’’

A south actor, who has acted with Silk in a couple of films and who knew her up close says, “Vidya looks sexy in the poster of The Dirty Picture. But she is nothing like Silk. Her physical attributes don’t add up. Silk was dusky, was slightly over 5 feet 7 inches tall, her eyes were big, and when she did those sexy movements of licking her thick, luscious lips and rolling her eyes in a dreamy way, she gave men something to think about. In Vidya’s case, she appears to be much shorter, say 5 feet 2 inches tall. She has small eyes, is petite and has a wheatish complexion. Silk managed to fill the screen with her broad shoulders and long legs. Vidya is tiny and her torso doesn’t quite add up.’’

The actor adds, “Vidya is a fine actor. She may make up for the lack of physical attributes with her acting skills. But she’s going to have to work hard to bring the sizzle and sensation that Silk brought to the screen.’’