Living up to her name, actor Vidya Balan gave her producers Balaji Telefilms, a lesson on how she may and may not be portrayed as Silk Smitha, in Dirty Picture, says a media report.
Vidya Balan will undergo rigorous training to play Silk Smitha in Milan Luthria's biopic Dirty Picture, but she is seemingly nervous.
Ekta Kapoor, head of Balaji Telefilms, is producing the film. And Vidya, who flew to Kolkata last week to shoot for Sujoy Ghosh film (untitled), had to sort things out with Ekta. So, hours before boarding the flight, she called for a meeting with her producers. It turned out to be a long one
Vidya had a fixed agenda for the meeting, it was to lay down some ground rules for her portrayal as Silk Smitha in Luthria's film.
And the actress put them across in her own sweet way but she was forthright about it. The following were Vidya's conditions:
• That there be no clear display of heaving breasts in songs
• That going backless is fine but she would not encourage frontal exposure
• That there be no camera close-ups of any of her assets
• That she is not made to wear outfits that may be explicitly exposing parts of her body.
. Choreographers will be chosen only in consultation with Vidya.
Interestingly, Ekta Kapoor, who is otherwise considered to be quite a hard taskmaster, accepted all of Vidya's rules.
Moreover, Vidya apparently had some rules on the way she will be choreographed in the film as well.
Says a source, “Vidya told them that the movements in songs could be suggestive, not vulgar.”
As a result of this, two choreographers will now plan out all her moves in the film. One will be brought from the South film industry, while the other will be from Mumbai.
While the producers were a bit surprised at the whole list of do's and don'ts, apparently they saw it coming. Adds the source, “Ekta and Milan will create a representation of Silk Smitha's character, without shades of sleaze. Vidya's final look will still be a shocker.”
Vidya, who had recently said to a section of the media, “I have never defined my boundaries, roles or films as an actor,” is not always up to practising what she preaches.