Fans miss Silk touch

Actor Tusshar Kapoor (left) cuts a cake on his 34th birthday with The Dirty Picture co-star Emraan Hashmi by his side during a promotional in Patna on Sunday. Picture by Deepak Kumar

Patna, Nov. 20: She promised them oomph when she dropped her pallu and jived to the tunes of Oo la la… But their fantasy to catch a glimpse of the “bombard” girl remained unquenched. For, Vidya Balan, who plays Silk Smitha-inspired Reshma in The Dirty Picture, did not turn up to promote the film in the state capital.

Patliputra resident Rahul Kumar said: “I really wanted to see Vidya Balan. After seeing her expression in Oo la la… I decided to go catch the first show of the film. I would have requested her to perform live if she had come to the city. It is disappointing that she did not come.”

Balan’s sizzling appearance and moves in the song sequence has grabbed the eyes of fans and detractors alike. Those accustomed to her more demure looks in films like Paa and Parineeta have been forced to sit up and take notice of the promos that have taken television by storm. But fans and admirers of the star in the city had to be satisfied today watching Balan’s co-stars Emraan Hashmi and Tusshar Kapoor.

The duo came down to promote the Ekta- and Shobhaa Kapoor-produced and Milan Luthria-directed film that is slated to hit theatres on December 2.

As soon as he entered the venue of the event, Emraan, enacting a scene from the film, hurled a shoe at Reshma’s poster. (In the film, his character Ebrahim throws one at the screen as Naseeruddin Shah’s character and Reshma sizzle to the tune of the Bappi Lahiri and Shreya Ghoshal duet.)

The shoe was not the only projectile in his quiver, though. Asked if he had decided to discontinue kissing onscreen, Hashmi quipped: “My lips have become tired after kissing in 25 films. I want a change.”

The actor, once the most famous kisser of Bollywood, said: “Yes, there are bold and provocative scenes in films. But I believe it all depends on how we think about it.”

Emraan also clarified that vulgarity was only in the eye of the beholder. “There is no vulgarity, if we accept a bold scene in a positive manner.”

Then, Emraan shot another bullet from his loquacious verbal gun. “I think no dirty picture can be made without me,” he claimed.

His companion Tusshar, played on the back foot. Asked about the allegations of The Dirty Picture being a biopic of 1980s’ southern sensation Silk Smitha, he said: “The film is not based on Silk Smitha’s life. Yes, the actress who created a revolution inspired it. But The Dirty Picture is not completely based on her. It is not a copy of anything. The media has created the hype. We have just tried to recreate the era. “ If you find similarities between Reshma’s character and Silk Smitha’s life, it is just a co-incidence.”

He added: “The film is about what people are ready to accept, and about double standards.”

Tusshar also celebrated his 34th birthday in the state capital with a special message from his father Jeetendra, played on a large screen. The stars also visited the Mahavir Temple in the evening to pray for the success of their film.

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