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WATCH: How Vidya became Silk Smitha

Vidya Balan sheds her girl-next-door image to transform into a sultry siren for The Dirty Picture. Want to know how she breathed life to movie's provocative poster? Check out the video inside.

bollywood Updated: Oct 18, 2011 11:56 IST
Hindustan Times
Vidya Balan,Silk Smitha,Hindustan Times

Wearing cleavage revealing blouses and biting her lip provocatively, Vidya Balan tries her best to look like southern siren Silk Smitha. She is certainly able to create steam in the making of The Dirty Picture poster.

The actor has been working hard to get into the skin of her character and even fell ill while perfecting the nuances of Silk Smitha. Due to exertion, the lady even had to be hospitalised.

Director Milan Luthria says Vidya Balan's classic Indian look made her the perfect choice to portray the role of Silk Smitha.

"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 actresses can boast of. Silk was never pencil thin," Luthria told PTI.

The director says there was much thought and debate before Vidya's name was zeroed down for the part. "To have someone like her play a character of this sort is enough to create curiosity. There is a certain grace, class and credibility that Vidya brings and she is a South Indian herself," says Luthria.

The director of Kachche Dhaage, Taxi Number 9211 and Once Upon a Time In Mumbai, Luthria says a lot has gone into transforming Vidya into Silk Smitha.

"A lot of work has gone into her transformation. It requires a great deal of effort to present a lady in a manner that looks sensuous but not vulgar. I am sure that people are standing up and noticing her and the film for that very reason. The fact that she can hold that innocent expression despite being a part of a bold scene is a facet of only great actors. The kind of character that she is playing, someone who has a harsh exterior but a soft inner, isn't easy, but Vidya does it effortlessly," says Luthria.

(With inputs from PTI)

First Published: Oct 14, 2011 18:33 IST