12 years of The Dirty Picture: Director Milan Luthria recalls three instances where he thought it might get shelved

Milan Luthria Recalls Overcoming Hurdles in ‘The Dirty Picture’, as the film clocks 12 years

The Dirty Picture completes 12 years. Milan Luthria tells us about the hurdles faced by him, and the moments he felt the film will not see the daylight.

December 2, The Dirty Picture—a biographical musical drama inspired from the life and times of the late actress and dancer Silk Smitha—will enter its 12th year at the movies. Directed by Milan Luthria and starring Vidya Balan, Emraan Hashmi, Naseeruddin Shah and Tusshar Kapoor in crucial roles, it was released worldwide in Hindi, Telegu and Tamil languages on December 2 in 2011. Produced by Balaji Motion Pictures, the film became a mega hit and quickly collected over 100 crores at the box-office.

One of Luthria’s most celebrated and ambitious works, the director recollects the times when the felt, “creating ‘The Dirty Picture’ was a journey filled with challenges that tested our commitment to the project. There were three crucial moments when it seemed the film might not happen. Firstly we had casting hurdles, but my choice of Vidya Balan prevailed. Filming posed a yet another challenge as Vidya’s image conflicted with her character, yet a quick transformation by Vikram Gaikwad brought Reshma to life. Our last challenge was when distributors raised concerns about the title, but Ektaa Kapoor’s strong determination, by putting her own money, ensured the film’s release. And on the Monday after the release, there were special shows in India, only for ladies.”

Actor Emraan Hashmi who essayed the role of Abraham a successful and courageous film producer says “The Dirty Picture holds a special place in my heart as it completes 12 years today. The film’s bold, ahead-of-its-time narrative, coupled with a realistic vision from the team, resonated with audiences. It’s always a pleasure to delve into intense and diverse human experiences, and play a complex character with dark emotions who deeply loved the movie’s protagonist. I’m proud to have been part of a team that dared to push boundaries and connect with audiences on a profound level.”

The Dirty Picture set an entirely new tone in the film industry, pushing boundaries and breaking molds. Its groundbreaking approach not only captivated audiences but also earned it the prestigious honor of winning three National Awards.

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