While Vidya Balan might have seem like an unlikely choice to play Silk Smitha in ‘The Dirty Picture’, the director Milan Luthria said that Vidya Balan was the perfect choice for the character.
"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," said The Dirty Picture director Milan Luthria.
Milan Luthria does admit that though Vidya was a great choice for the role, a lot of work did go in to molding her for the character.
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.
"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," added Luthria.
The director said that it wasn’t easy for Vidya to play the character but still she was amazing in every shot.
"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," he said.
"It wasn't easy for Vidya on the first day. She was an absolute professional in front of the camera but behind the scenes there was much mental conditioning she had to engage in, before stepping out on the sets in those shocking costumes. She went through hundreds of costume trials before we zeroed down on what was finally required for the screen. There was a lot of talking that happened with Vidya before she reached a comfort level. Fortunately, she was quite open about sharing her inhibitions at the very outset," he added.
Along with Vidya Balan movie also features Naseeruddin Shah, Tusshar Kapoor and Emraan Hashmi. The movie will release on December 2nd.