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The love story between an actress and a director. Inspired by the life of the late south Indian actress Silk Smitha.

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Reshma / Silk
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Abraham
Tusshar Kapoor ...
Ramakant (as Tusshar)
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Surya Kant
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Silva Ganesh / Keedha Das
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Devyani ...
Girl in maroon dress
Imran Hasnee ...
Vijayan
Mangala Kenkre ...
Ratnamma
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Nyla
A.R. Manikandan ...
Photographer
Dilip Merala ...
Photographer at the race course
Shivani Tanksale ...
Radhika
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Rebellious and uninhibited Reshma lives an impoverished lifestyle with her mother, Ratnamma, in 1980s South India. She is an ardent fan of film actor, Suryakant, and her one ambition in life is to meet and act with him. She runs away to Madras, and like, hundreds of young women, lines up outside Jupiter Studios to try and get noticed. With her plain, next-door-girl looks, she gets ignored but as fate could have it she is given a chance to play a minor role after she manages to sneak into the studios. The role exploits her as a sex symbol, driving males to the cinema houses to absorb her movements and beauty. Virtually overnight she, now renamed Silk, becomes a sensation, and together with the aging superstar, Suryakant, the one she had always fantasized about, she sizzles the silver screen with her sex appeal. Suryakant's brother, Ramakant, an author, is smitten by her - so much so that he would like her to opt out of movies altogether, so that he could marry her. But the rebellious ... Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Milan Luthria offered lead role to Kangana Ranaut, but Kangana was tired of playing 'the girl on the verge of a nervous breakdown', after playing similar kind of roles in Gangster (2006) and Fashion (2008). See more »

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Silk Smitha: Filmein sirf teen cheezon ki wajah se chalti hain... entertainment, entertainment, entertainment... Aur main entertainment hoon.
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Watch first half for some lighthearted fun and a few laughs. Bail in the interval. Don't stay for the second half.
7 December 2011 | by (India) – See all my reviews

This movie was extensively marketed and apart from the sleaze, also appeared to be a promising story and biography. The final output is quite disappointing.

The first half is enjoyable with Vidya Balan playing a "devil may care" character, some funny double meaning dialogues and sequences and general cheerfulness of the movie.

The second half is pathetic. The transition of Vidya from a successful star to a self-destructed wreck is not at all convincing and Balan fails to impress. The story is very patchy and disorderly. The end is specially an overkill with the bridal dress and the sleeping pills. The kind of character Vidya plays wouldn't act like a helpless and pitiable character of 1960s. I guess the only good thing about the second half is the attention paid to Vidya's makeup - the eye bags, clothes that suggest many extra pounds and the paunch.

As for the other aspects of the movie, Tusshar looks mentally retarded as usual. He should probably only play mentally challenged characters as he wouldn't need to act much and would fit right in. Whoever wrote the dialogues tried to hit a six off each delivery. He needs to understand that each dialogue can't and needn't be a punchline. Emraan Hashmi should specifically get someone to write dialogues for him that are not always senseless metaphors.

Overall - 5/ 10 rating. Watch the first half for some lighthearted fun and a few laughs. Don't bother with the second half.


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