Vidya smokes 10 cigarettes for Dirty Picture
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Vidya smokes 10 cigarettes for Dirty Picture

Vidya Balan redefines 'smoking hot' by smoking 10 cigarettes for a scene for Dirty Picture, where her character is based on Silk Smitha. After four cigarettes, Vidya, a non-smoker, began to...

bollywood Updated: Jul 18, 2011 16:53 IST

Vidya Balan redefines 'smoking hot' in her own special way. The 33-year-old actor had to smoke up to ten cigarettes for a scene in her upcoming film Dirty Picture.

In the film, Vidya plays a popular actress who lives a tragic life and dies a lonely death.

"While shooting in Hyderabad, Vidya had to actually smoke for a scene. By the fourth cigarette, Vidya, a non-smoker, began to feel uneasy and was overcome with a coughing fit," reports Mumbai Mirror.

The shooting had to be stopped for Vidya to regain her composure.

After Vidya was back on set, director Milan Luthria gave the go-ahead to resume shooting.

As luck would have it, and after multiple re-takes, Vidya was ten cigarettes down.

Dirty Picture is based on the life of South sex-icon, Silk Smitha. Smitha was a popular item girl and sex symbol, who enthralled millions. The actor was found dead in her Chennai apartment in 1996.

Vidya is clearly a dedicated actor. She is reportedly experimenting with her look in the film. She is also making some changes on the personal front to convincingly pull off this character.

Milan insisted on non-smoker Vidya actually smoking for the film to keep things real. And professional Vidya stepped up without complaints.

First Published: Jul 18, 2011 15:54 IST