Rajinikanth and Silk Smitha in a romantic scene
Vidya Balan will be reenacting the life story of the Indian film actress Silk Smitha (1960-1996) in a biopic titled ‘The Dirty Picture’, expected to be released Smitha's birthday on December 2, 2011. The Hindi movie is being produced by Ekta Kapoor and directed by Milan Luthria, starring Vidya Balan (as Silk Smitha), Naseeruddin Shah, Emraan Hashmi and Tusshar Kapoor in important roles. Starting her career as make-up girl in 1970s, she went on to become an extra, a heroine of the early 80s, a stereotyped item-number actress, and a sought after sex symbol that could make films that were even canned for years huge hits. Debuting in a 1979 Malayalam film, “Inaye Thedi” she acted in over 450 films, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, and Hindi language films in a career spanning over 17 years.