Pakistani actor and former “Bigg Boss” contestant Veena Malik has started to work on the Kannada version of The Dirty Picture, saying the film is packed with glamour and sentiments that will allow her to show her talent.
The Kannada version is also titled The Dirty Picture. It is produced by Venkatappa and directed by Trishul. “I am quite excited to be part of the film. I have heard the story and it looks quite interesting,” said Malik who recently attended the promo and photo shoot of the movie.
“As the lead heroine, I will get a lot of opportunity to perform. The director has packaged the film very well with glamour, sentiments and all other ingredients,” says the actor whose latest Bollywood venture is Deepak Bali’s film titled Daal Me Kaala Hai.
Producer Venkatappa’s son Akshay will play the male lead in the movie and the shooting will start soon. Venkatappa said that he will not face any date issues with Malik as all the problems relating to her visa have now been cleared.
Starring Vidya Balan, the Hindi version was an unofficial biopic on southern sex symbol Silk Smitha. It was a runaway success at the box office and won Balan her first National Award.
Ekta Kapoor, who produced The Dirty Picture in Hindi under her banner Balaji Telefilms, is against the same title being used by Venkatappa. Trishuli, however, says his story is different. “I have written a fresh story and it has a lot of native elements that is peculiar to Karnataka. But I thought the title, The Dirty Picture, will suit the story very well.
Published in The Express Tribune, May 26th, 2012.