Vidya Balan to Portray Soft Porn Actor Silk Smitha in Bio

 

Vidya Balan is getting ready for a pivotal role where she will be portraying South India’s bold actress, Silk Smitha.

The tragic life and death of Silk Smitha will be retold in a film entitled The Dirty Picture, produced by Ekta Kapoor. According to Ekta, “the 70s were dominated by an attitude that held both men and women were sex objects. People are curious about Silk Smitha, who became renowned as a soft porn icon.”

Glamorous actress ‘Silk Smitha’ nee Vijayalakshmi was born in Andhra Pradesh and settled in Chennai for her film career. She left school after completing her fourth standard due to financial constraints. Smitha’s movie career began accidentally when she was discovered film director Vinuchakravarthy, who renamed her Smitha. After garnering much attention with her first major role in Vandi Chakkaram, Smitha assumed the name “Silk,” after her character.

Smitha acted in more than 200 films. Her dance numbers, semi-nude scenes and bold performances in films like Moondru Mugam made her the ultimate symbol of sensuality in Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam, and Telugu cinema. She impressed both critics and audiences in Alaigal Oivathillai as a wife hurt by her husband’s infidelity.

Smitha was widely admired and reportedly had many lovers. Unfortunately, the fast paced life of Bollywood took its toll on the actress. Smitha was found dead in her Chennai apartment in 1996. Financial problems, disillusionment in love, and alcoholic dependency led to depression, leading many to believe that Smitha committed suicide.

Vidya is currently researching her role by learning all she can about Smitha from sources who knew her. Dirty Picture director Milan Luthria is also guiding Vidya on how to prepare mentally for the controversial role.

Balan was initially apprehensive about the role before Luthria advised her to look towards Hollywood films like Chicago and Burlesque for inspiration. These films portray sexuality through movement and body language, but actors still appear strong and serious.

Balan will have to rely on all her experience and talent to represent Silk Smitha as portraying a character remembered by audiences is one of the most difficult challenges an actor can undertake. However, Balan is renowned as one of Bollywood’s best. There’s little doubt she’ll clean up in Dirty Picture.

Author: NitaNaidoo

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