Continuing the habit of not actually reviewing but appreciating the movie, here’s a movie that I feel deserves all the appreciation. Therefore, it’s here on my blog.
The Dirty Picture, name is truly misleading. It’s a serious film. It’s a beautiful satire which comes out in the winner’s speech of Reshma aka Silk just before the interval. People like to see them in the dark but don’t want them to come out in light. Nyla, the reporter, says that you’ll be called a hero in the years to come. Naseer aka Suryakant says this type of girls are not good inside house but only in the beds. The question is, where do we keep the beds? Some of the valid questions, and we must find the answers, probably from somewhere inside us.
Talking about the film, first let’s consider the technical aspects. Editing is probably the worst jobs. It gets noticed only when it is bad. In this film, it doesn’t get any notice; there are hardly any flaws in editing. You couldn’t have had it better probably. The storytelling has been kept simple; probably there was no need to make it complex. It was fine the way it was. With so solid content, there is always a reason for an editor to go searching for something different. It’s good there hasn’t been anything done to spoil that content.
Cinematography is superb. I’ll include choreography and dress designing with this only. There is nothing that we’ll see today, even the cars. Probably after the last film, Milan Luthria saved the sets. The choreography and cinematography of the songs, especially ooh laa laa are reminiscent of the old times, though Silk is a revolution. The clothes and the styles are all perfect for the 80s. Nothing looked really odd, probably except the dresses Silk wears at home. Those casual scenes required something casual, like in the last scene when she’s seen in a shirt.
Dialogues or the script is the main hero of the film. They are so solid. Even the cheesy lines. Some of them looked clichéd but as an ensemble product they were fantastic. I wish we had more writings like these, where dialogues got equal emphasis. Story is fantastic, screenplay is fantastic, you can’t ask for better, especially now when we hardly see good films being made in Bollywood. The writing overall was the best aspect of the film.
Direction has few flaws. The one I can notice is the casual scenes which should have been little more casual than they looked. The second is the character development for Silk. We all can find plenty of Suryakanat (Naseer), Ramakant (Tushhar), Ibrahim (Emraan), and the characters were really relatable. Probably having watched Bollywood Calling helped a bit too. But Silk needed a little more background. Those who stir a revolution sure have something at the back. There was probably one scene where she’s talking about her father which explains why she’s more open. Probably two to five minutes more could’ve helped on her. Taxi 9211 was a very good light-hearted film, Once Upon a Time in Mumbai was a very good film but if the director himself had to choose one, am sure he’ll choose this as his best work. The next movies, he can only get better and we can proudly say we have a world-class director here in India.
Coming to performances, they did justice to the tremendous writing. Naseeruddin Shah is perfect. I am nobody to praise him, he’s a legend. Tushhar Kapoor is effective in the little role. He just did the role as it was written. The Producer (the fat guy) is effective again. Vidya Balan carries the film on her shoulders, and she is one of the best actresses we have today. She makes Bollywood proud. She has tried a new role and it doesn’t look odd. She can do any role it seems. Emraan Hashmi though is the one I’ll talk about. This guy seriously doesn’t choose the right roles. When he can give performances like Awaarapan and this film, why would he do B-grade films is something I can’t understand. But this and only a couple of other films bring out the real actor in film, the promise that was shown in Footpath. I hope he does more meaningful roles. As an arrogant and blunt, no non-sense director, he easily fits in. As also his narration. The fact that he had the best dialogues helped too.
The overall product, fantastic. Only a couple of complaints. Might look a bit vulgar at times but isn’t that why it has got an A rating and not U/A which many movies get despite them not being fit for family/children viewing. After watching so many bad films, it was a revelation. Just a little bit away from perfect. Bollywood needs this kind of films to eradicate mediocrity. Whatever the subject filmmakers choose, they must do justice like this and we’ll have a Bollywood which just doesn’t produce most films in the world, but also produces the best films in the world.
Milan Luthria, it was a pleasure to watch this film.