Balaji’s The Dirty Picture, will release on 2 December 2011, to coincide with the birthday of temptress Silk Smitha.
Vidya Balan stars as the protagonist in the film based on the life of the yesteryear south-Indian sex symbol Silk Smitha. The film also stars Emraan Hashmi, Tusshar Kapoor and Naseeruddin Shah.
Born Vijayalakshmi, Silk grew up in a poor family in Eluru (Andhra Pradesh). She left for Chennai and soon found a sponsor who re-named her Smitha. After grabbing eyeballs with her first major role in the Tamil movie, Vandi Chakkaram (The Wheel) in 1979, Smitha assumed the name “Silk,” after the name of her character. Silk went on to be known for her bold and daring erotica on the big screen. Her most popular appearance was in the Malayalam film Layanam, which went on to be remade in Hindi as the controversial Reshma Ki Jawani.