People feel the actress lacks the oomph and sensuality of Silk
Jamie Foxx picked up an Oscar for playing the rhythm and blue musician Ray Charles. And Leonardo Di Caprio won awards and accolades for playing the young Howard Hughes in Martin Scorcese's 2004 flick The Aviator. Both actors only had a passing resemblance to the real-life characters they portrayed on screen. And it may be best argued that while making biopics, a lot is left to cinematic liberties.
The case in hand currently is that of Vidya Balan who takes on the screen role as the sultry Silk Smitha. Silk, as everyone knows, got her name because she captured the imagination of most Indian men through her sexy dance numbers in the 80s.
And ever since the first poster of Milan Luthria's The Dirty Picture was posted on a social networking site, 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 cr reportedly. It is only a matter of time before the deal is closed.''
However, it is interesting to note that the price offered for the Tamil Nadu territory of this movie is just restricted to lakhs.
A leading man, who has acted with Silk in a couple of projects 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, she 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 up in a dreamy way, she gave men something to think about. In Vidya's case, she appears to be 5 feet 2 inches tall; she has small eyes, she 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.''
VID-SID BUY HOUSE TOGETHER?
Vidya Balan and Siddharth Roy Kapur (SRK) continue to be good friends. Now rumour mills say that the actress and her producer friend have reportedly picked up a property together in Mumbai's Bandra area; "Near Rizvi college,'' says our source. It's being hinted that The Dirty Picture heroine and SRK will take their relationship to the next level when their new home is furbished. Our source adds, "Vid and Sid may tie the knot in 2012.'' Watch this space for interesting updates.