Mumbai: The life and times of one of South India's biggest sex symbols, Silk Smitha, will now be portrayed on the big screen by actor Vidya Balan.
The tragic life and death of Silk Smitha, the sex siren who became an inseparable part of South Indian cinema will no doubt make for interesting viewing. Producer Ekta Kapoor is now making a biopic titled 'The Dirty Picture', inspired by the actress and has roped in Vidya Balan for the main role.
"The 70s era was ruled by men where women were just portrayed as sex objects in the film and people were curious about the soft porn icon Silk Smitha," says Ekta Kapoor.
Reports are that that Ajay Devgn has been approached to essay the role of a filmmaker who was involved with Silk Smitha during her hey days. 'The Dirty Picture' will be directed by Milan Luthria who believes the choice of Vidya Balan to portray Silk Smitha is a casting coup of sorts.
"She is Indian, sensual, a great actor and is in tune with South Indian sensibilities. So no one but her," says Luthria.
Vidya who has stood her own in heroine oriented films like 'Parineeta' and 'Ishqiya' now has the tough task of breathing life into Silk Smitha's complex and tragic journey from poor village girl to popular soft porn actress.