Why Vidya Balan rules

Is it because The Dirty Picture has stormed the box office? Is it because she’s so good in the film? Or is it because she has flouted every rule in the Bollywood book and emerged a winner on her own terms?

I think I’ve cracked it. For two weeks now everyone I know and possibly most of urban India has been going crazy about Vidya Balan. Nearly everywhere you go she is the subject of discussion and the conversations are nearly always flattering. Continue reading

Vidya Balan in ‘The Dirty Picture’: Will Bollywood have more ‘real women’ like her?

Game-changer. That’s the word I’ve heard most often with reference to the Ekta Kapoor-Milan Luthria-Vidya Balan juggernaut, The Dirty Picture, which steamrolled the box office, making over Rs. 52 crore in week one. Incredibly, the film opened better than hero-led projects such as Singham and Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara. Vidya oozing sexuality 1980s-style got more first-day, first-show viewers than Hrithik Roshan’s chiselled many-pack abs.

The Dirty Picture is a woman’s story. It has a superb lead actor, old-school dialogue-baazi, and, critically, no A-list male stars to prop up the narrative. Yet, it defied Bollywood naysayers and became one of the year’s biggest successes. Continue reading

Vidya-Emraan set to team up again

They have been appreciated as Silk and Abraham in the recent release, The Dirty Picture (TDP). And now, Vidya Balan and Emraan Hashmi are set to share screen space again in yet another Ekta Kapoor production.

“Ekta is very happy with the response that the film and Emraan and Vidya have received as an on-screen couple. So, she is toying with the idea of repeating them in one of her upcoming films,” says an insider from the producer’s team. Continue reading

Court asks police to book Vidya Balan for obscenity

Controversies continue to dog `The Dirty Picture` with a city court directing police to book actress Vidya Balan for posing for indecent photographs on the film posters and promos.

Nampally criminal courts ordered the Nallakunta police station in the city to book a criminal case against the Bollywood star.

The court passed the orders on a petition filed by an advocate S. K. Azad.
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Vidya Balan wears burkha to catch audience reaction

Looks familiar? Well, it’s not a still from Milan Luthria’s The Dirty Picture. Vidya Balan was just too inspired by her on-screen character that she decided to pull a Silk Smitha move yesterday afternoon at Gaiety Galaxy, in Bandra.

The actress reportedly wanted to gauge the audiences’ reaction to her latest film first-hand and so, she decided to don a burkha, while she sat in the upper stall of the theatre to watch the film.
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‘The Dirty Picture’ Naseeruddin’s spiciest role: Vidya Balan

Veteran actor Naseeruddin Shah has essayed varied roles in his 36-year-long career. Vidya Balan, his co-star in ” The Dirty Picture”, says his character in this film is his spiciest role since “Tridev” where he had featured in the fun song ‘Tirchi Topiwale’.

“It was great fun to work with him again. After ‘TirchhI topiwale’, this is one spicy role he has done. So he was having a lot of fun working on his character. I was having more fun because I was seeing Naseerji in a new light, said Vidya who has worked with Naseeruddin in “Ishqiya”.
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I gained 12 kilograms for The Dirty Picture: Vidya Balan

Bollywood actor Vidya Balan has confessed that her character, Silk, in the upcoming film The Dirty Picture was the boldest character she has ever played in her career. The actor said the part required a lot of mental preparation since she had to shed all her inhibitions to portray herself

as the controversial south Indian actress Vijayalaxmi.

After essaying graceful roles in her previous films like Parineeta and Paa, Balan said it was not a cakewalk for her to portray the character of Silk. Continue reading

Kareena Kapoor’s Film Trailer In Vidya Balan’s The Dirty Picture

The trailer of the Karan Johar’s production, Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu, will be attached to the domestic prints of The Dirty Picture. Directed by newcomer Shakun Batra, EMAET stars Imran Khan and Kareena Kapoor, and is expected to release in February 2012.

Karan was keen to grab eyeballs for his trailer and felt that The Dirty Picture, being a keenly anticipated film, would make for the perfect platform. Continue reading

Vidya catches tram for film promotion

Kolkata’s trams are the oldest operating electric trams in Asia (running since 1902). And now, they have a Bollywood connection too. To promote her upcoming biggie, The Dirty Picture, Vidya Balan travelled on the much-revered tram.

“Trams are an important part of Kolkata and have always been part of the city’s mystique. So, we wanted to capture the magic of trams along with Vidya,” says Tanuj Garg, CEO of Balaji Motion Pictures, producer of The Dirty Picture. Continue reading

Vidya at Mahalaxmi Racecourse in Mumbai

The Mahalaxmi Racecourse experienced a whole lot of top notch racing action as the RWITC hosted ‘The Gitanjali Juvenile Million’ and ‘The Dirty Picture Trophy’ on Sunday.

Vidya Balan and Milan Luthria graced the occasion as the Guests of Honour and even gave away the trophies to winning jockeys. The Gitanjali Group also hosted an elegant evening which was a perfect blend of fashion and entertainment with a fashion showcase by Saba Khan and electrifying performances by Shivam Pathak and Sofia Hayat.

Vivek Jain, Chairman RWITC also presented a trophy to Vidya and Milan and wished them luck for the success of their film.