When size zero became a buzzword for Bollywood, actress Vidya Balan broke the stereotype around a conventional Bollywood heroine’s look by proudly flaunting her curvaceous figure in Milan Luthria’s directorial film The Dirty Picture.


As the film, which was based on the life of adult film star Silk Smitha, has completed seven years on Sunday, Vidya, who rose to a spectacular amount of fame for the role of Silk, became emotional and penned a heartfelt post on the Instagram saying, the film changed her life forever.

'The Dirty Picture' changed my life forever, says Vidya Balan
Vidya Balan Thanks Ekta Kapoor & Milan Luthria As She Feels There Wouldn’t Have Been The Dirty Picture Without Hum Paanch

“On December 2, 2011, 7 years ago, The Dirty Picture released and changed my life forever. But everytime someone asks me how I did it, I don’t know what to say? Perhaps because Milan made it so easy for me… He hand held me throughout and all I wanted was to do justice to Silk and live upto the faith that had been placed in me by Ekta Kapoor (producer) and Milan,” the 39-year-old actress wrote.


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On the 2nd December 2011,7 years ago , #TheDirtyPicture released and changed my life forever ☀️.But everytime someone asks me how i did it,i don’t know what to say?..Perhaps because Milan made it so easy for me..He hand held me throughout and all i wanted was to do justice to ‘Silk’ and live upto the faith that had been placed in me by @ektaravikapoor & @milanluthria .Milan however tells me ,his big concern was that he shouldn’t let me down ?.Of course He didn’t and not just that,He Lifted me so high that i felt free as a bird…For that & for believing in me,Thank you my dearest @milanluthria ?.Love you ♥️. @ektaravikapoor Thank you for #The DirtyPicture & for #HumPaanch …maybe there would’ve been no TDP for me without HP ♥️☀️?. And #BobbySingh ill always be grateful to you for your jokes made me feel like #TheDirtyPicture wasn’t dirty after all ?….I knew i was safe & protected with you behind the camera.Miss you ♥️! How could i forget @rajat1975 who gave me the lines I’ve most enjoyed speaking as an actor…..Thankooo ?♥️!! And last but not the least,the entire team who made the film what it turned out to be..Thank you to each of you ??♥️!!

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Also featuring actors Tusshar Kapoor, Naseeruddin Shah and Emraan Hashmi, The Dirty Picture released in 2011. Vidya’s uninhibited portrayal as Silk Smitha won her a lot of praise and a National Award.


She thanked Luthria for making her “feel free as a bird” and thanked Ekta for giving her the 1990s hit sitcom Hum Paanch and a movie like The Dirty Picture.

“Milan, however tells me, his big concern was that he should not let me down. Of course, he did not and not just that, he lifted me so high that I felt free as a bird… For that and for believing in me, thank you my dearest Ekta for Hum Paanch, may be there would have been no The Dirty Picture for me without Hum Paanch,” she added.

Along with the post, Vidya also posted a picture with Luthria – a capture from Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone’s wedding reception here on Saturday night.



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