The Dirty Picture has caused Vidya Balan to be a hot topic in the media with an avatar that has never been seen on Vidya before. As the pictures began to surface of the star playing Silk Smitha in the biopic, fans began to gasp in interest. The hype only increased further with the releases of the trailer and song ‘Ooh La La’ and continues to rise as the films release date of December 2nd creeps ever closer. While Vidya is impressing her audiences with new roles, her level of professionalism remains unchanged, which has not gone unnoticed by director Milan Luthria.
The Dirty Picture director, who also directed Once Upon A Time in Mumbai says, “I am blown over by Vidya’s professionalism. Honestly in my 20 odd years in Bollywood I am yet to come across someone as dedicated as Vidya. She does one film at a time, gets beneath the skin of the character and gives a performance so nuanced that she blows your mind. Making a biopic is very hard but if your protagonist shows the levels of commitment that Vidya does, then you can attain the heights you seek.”
At the beginning of the month it appeared that all the effort had taken its toll on the South Indian actress who checked into hospital after complaints of headaches and lack of appetite. Unknown to many at that time Vidya had been advised by doctors to take a prolonged leave of absence which was supported by her family. Vidya appears to have other plans as Tanuj Garg co-producer at Balaji Films confirms, “Vidya just gave herself a few days off and is back on the sets of The Dirty Picture. We are currently shooting a song with her and Emraan. Vidya knows that The Dirty Picture is to release on December 2 and she is shooting and dubbing simultaneously to help us meet deadlines.”
Vidya’s work ethic has kept the team worrying about her recent health scare as Tanuj says, “Even we didn’t want Vidya to start work without feeling better. For us, our actor’s health is of paramount importance.” The team however have taken no chances and taken all precautionary steps to ensure their star is as comfortable as possible. “We have instructed the production unit to make sure that a doctor is on the sets. Even when Vidya does the multi-city promotional tour (mid-November onwards), we will make sure that a doctor from the particular city is on call,” adds Tanuj but stresses there is nothing to worry about as the Vidya is being very co-operative and taking the teams’ advice.
The most recent track release, ‘Ishq Sufiyana’, is a love ballad between Vidya’s character Silk Smitha, and co star Emraan Hashmi’s character, which is still to be confirmed but is rumored to be based upon Mahesh Bhatt.
Check out this new poster and of course the video of ‘Ishq Sufiyana’!