The Dirty Picture Music Review

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S Abid By S Abid | 18 Mar 2017 15:38:29.1670000 IST

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With the superlative success of ONCE UPON A TIME IN MUMBAAI followed by RAGINI MMS, Balaji Motion Pictures have indeed cemented their position as one of the premier production house in the country. Their latest venture, THE DIRTY PICTURE, once again directed by Milan Luthria (after OUATIM), has generated a lot of curiosity despite being inspired from a lesser known starlet from down south, Silk Smitha, who made her presence felt in the seventies and eighties with quite a few appearances in Bollywood films, but her biggest claim to fame is the Kamal Haasan-Sridevi starrer SADMA.

Though this is not a biopic yet the film is in the retro mode, and the makers have indeed made a good choice by roping in Vishal-Shekhar to compose the music for the movie. The reason being that VS have shown that they have a good knowledge of the music of that period and have delivered some memorable music for Shahrukh Khan's retro drama OM SHANTI OM and not to forget the chartbusting TASHAN which too had a retro feel to it.

Coming straight to the point and in particular to the song that has caught the fancy of the music buffs ever since the first teaser of THE DIRTY PICTURE was aired; 'Ooh La la' (inspired by Bappi Lahiri's 'Ui Amma' from MAWAALI - 1983)! It's a wonderful surprise to see that it's our irrepressible composer-cum-singer Bappi Lahiri, once again lending his voice for a Milan Luthria film. Not many will remember that Milan had roped in the services of Bappi da for his TAXI NO. 9211 and the song in question, 'Bombay Nagaria'. That song was not much of a success however 'Ooh La La' is a chartbuster all the way. The overall packaging of the song is such that it stays in the mind and one continues to unconsciously hum it. The reason is the extremely catchy rhythm and it's tonality that is not just sensual but naughty as well and never over the top (except for those sighs!), the superb lyrics (by writer Rajat Arora) that range from seductive to cheesy to classy and the perfect pairing of Bappi da and Shreya Ghoshal who manage to keep up the fun tempo with a improvised and highly entertaining and excellent renditions.

'The Dhol Mix' keeps the fun, masti and seductive aura intact and the inclusion of a whole range of Hindustani arrangements and instruments add to the mood, albeit the added rhythm does act as a dampener and one still prefers the original.

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Terrific would be one word to sum up the dialogues. Keeping in mind the mood and the era, Rajat enhances the characters with lines that will have the audience whistling in delight. Sample this: As Silk plants an affectionate kiss on one of her fans, the delirious lad states: 'Start kar ke chod di.' Or when she is in the process of seducing the ageing superstar Suryakant (Naseeruddin Shah) in his vanity van: 'Tuning karne par band barabar bajegi.' Or this gem when she has managed to seduce Suryakant's brother Ramakant (Tusshar Kapoor): 'Border pe aane ke baad koi gaana gata hai kya?' There's immediate sound of gunshots! There are endless such lines that propel the film to another level.


For once, Tusshar Kapoor and Emraan Hashmi are kept in check minimizing it to the characters they portray. Luthria has Tusshar in complete control. However, he loosens his grip a bit on Emraan. That's the loose sheaf I spoke about in the beginning. His song, a dream sequence, was an unnecessary ploy. It takes the sting out of the screenplay and the juncture with which he has managed to get his viewers to. Mercifully, Vidya gets things back on track with her overpowering brilliance.

The song Oh La La is a rage... the music takes you back to the 80s, the choreography resembles the era gone by. In fact, the movie is gripping right from the word go. In 'negative tone', her character is shown escaping from home a night before her marriage. Only the legs are shown on screen. The signature tune, which is sparingly used throughout adds a touch of class to the entire product.

THE DIRTY PICTURE is in line for a flood of awards. Vidya Balan will walk away with all possible trophies!

To borrow one more line from Rajat's dialogues... Yeh ladki aag lagaegi!

Rating - 4.5/5

Rating 3.5/5

Movie Cast & Crew
  • Actor: Naseeruddin Shah, Emraan Hashmi, Vidya Balan, Tusshar Kapoor
  • Lyrics: Rajat Arora
  • Director: Milan Luthria
  • Music Director: Vishal-Shekhar
  • Release Date : 02 Dec 2011