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Picture perfect Vidya

bollywood Updated: Sep 15, 2011 01:36 IST

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Actor Vidya Balan’s classic Indian look made her the perfect choice to portray the role of southern siren, Silk Smitha in the upcoming biopic, The Dirty Picture, says director Milan Luthria.

“We were looking for a strong performer and not someone who could merely look sexy and Vidya is a great actor. Also, she has the body of a classic voluptuous Indian beauty, something not many Bollywood actor can boast of,” says Luthria.

The director also informs that a lot has gone into transforming Balan into Silk Smitha. “It requires a great effort to present a lady in a manner that looks sensuous but not vulgar. The fact that she can hold that innocent expression despite being a part of a bold scene is a facet of great actors,” he says.

Luthria, however, admits that the 33-year-old actor had certain inhibitions when she first started shooting the film. “It wasn’t easy for Vidya on the first day. She was an absolute professional in front of the camera but behind the scenes there was much mental conditioning she had to engage in, before stepping out on the sets in those shocking costumes,” he adds.