Ever since the film was announced, controversy does not seem to let go of Milan Luthria’s “The Dirty Picture”. Just when one issue is resolved another seems to crop up from somewhere unexpectedly. This time it is the Tamil superstar Rajinikanth’s fans that are protesting against the film.
They are infuriated that the image of their icon might be reflected badly, as they believe that Naseeruddin Shah’s item numbers show resemblance to Rajinikanth’s dance sequences with the sex symbol from the south, Silk Smitha.
The fans have warned the producers, Ekta Kapoor and Alt Entertainment of dreadful consequences if what they believe turns out right.
The Dirty Picture, which is a biopic on Silk Smitha, the sensuous southern seductress from the late 1980’s, has Vidya Balan playing the character, a role she had never even thought of attempting ever.
However it is not the portrayal of Silk Smitha that is of concern here. It is the character played by Naseeruddin Shah, a Tamil superstar who dances to some raunchy numbers with Vidya Balan, that has stirred Rajinikanth fans to confront the producers of the film.
The producers of the film however deny any similarity between the character played by Naseeruddin Shah and the Tamil screen icon Rajinikanth. According to them, Naseeruddin Shah is playing an aging Tamil star while Rajinikanth was in his heydays when he had done item songs with Silk Smitha.
This could be hard for Rajini fans to believe as the screen icon is like a god to them in Tamil Nadu. We can only hope that they take this reasoning positively!