For those who’ve not had enough of Ooh La La or The Dirty Picture (2011), it’s time to head to Kolkata. The film that saw Vidya Balan walk away with the National Award will be remade in Bengali. And the makers of the new version have zeroed in on Rakhi Sawant to play the lead.
When contacted, Rakhi gushed, “Vidya Balan hasn’t done anything in The Dirty Picture. I will do better and hotter scenes in the Bengali remake. Even Vidya will be surprised after seeing my character. I will be better than her. The sari is meant to be taken off in films, not worn. Films become a hit because of this, not because of stars.”
The remake is untitled as of now and other than Rakhi and the director, nothing else has been finalised.
Rakhi says, "The remake will be directed by Shatabdi Roy, a member of Parliament who is as big as Amitabh, Jaya Bachchan or Rekha in Bengal. I got the role because of an item song I recently did in the Bengali movie titled Om Shanti. The song is very popular in Bengal right now."
Interestingly, Tapas Paul, another member of Parliament and a former actor, is producing the film.
Says Tapas, "We met Rakhi in Delhi recently and liked her item song in Om Shanti. Although we are 100 per cent sure about Rakhi playing the lead, negotiations are on for the male lead. Since The Dirty Picture can’t be completely remade, we have decided to make the Bengali version more like a sequel."