The Dirty Picture Movie Runtime – 2 Hours 20 Minutes
The Dirty Picture Critics Rating – 7.3/10 (A Must Watch!)
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Taran Adarsh (BollywoodHungama.com) 4/5
Without doubt, it is one of the most comprehensive scripts to come out of the Hindi film industry in 2011. A film with a universal theme and terrific mass connect, it has remarkable potential to set the cash registers ringing for one more valid reason — entertainment, entertainment and entertainment.
Despite the film’s shortcomings, you go the distance for Vidya Balan, who’s riveting as Silk. She plays the part with gusto – it’s a rare performance, one that’s this brave and uninhibited. I’m going with two out of five for the film, and an additional one for Vidya Balan alone, which makes it three out of five for The Dirty Picture. It’s an average film made eminently watchable by its courageous star. Go on, give her the awards already!
This is Balan’s, or for that matter any contemporary Bollywood heroine’s, ballsiest role so far.
Though Conrad Hilton didn’t put it this way, Silk (or Balan) concludes – There are three things you need for a successful film: entertainment, entertainment, entertainment. Over here, “I am the entertainment.” She is absolutely right, beyond first-rate.
Above all, the enterprise belong to Vidya Balan. She’s extraordinary: gutsy, consistently in character and unafraid of exposing her darker side. Here’s the kind of complex performance which you haven’t evidenced in years and years. This award-winning act bookended by her contrasting portrayal in No One Killed Jessica, reaffirms her as the finest artiste on the scene today. No contest!
You may have some issues with The Dirty Picture. Never mind because Ms Balan rocks big time. Cheers.
Many will argue that this film is filthy, lewd, sleazy and every other word that conveys the same. But since it’s based on a character who embodies all these adjectives, it only ends up being a deliciously dirty tribute.
With a highly entertaining first half, and a mediocre second, The Dirty Picture falls short of being truly remarkable. But for that ‘boombaat’ of a performer, Vidya Balan (one star solely for her), and entertaining dialogue, the film is worth the ticket price.
Watch The Dirty Picture for the gutsiest, most versatile actor we have today.