Mumbai: The makers of Vidya Balan starrer ‘The Dirty Picture’ have clarified that the film is not a formal biopic.
"With reference to the legal notice received and the ongoing speculation about the film, Balaji wishes to clarify that ‘The Dirty Picture’ is the romantic journey of a fiercely ambitious starlet who dreams of making it big on the silver screen," said a statement issued by the film`s publicist.
"It draws inspiration from the strugglers in the 1980s whose indomitable spirit made them emerge triumphant and create a unique space for themselves in a male-dominated film industry. The film is not a formal biopic or biography, as is being speculated. It is a work of fiction, and any character`s resemblance to real persons, living or dead, is coincidental," it added.
The clarification was issued after a media report that claimed that southern sex icon Silk Smitha`s brother, V. Naga Vara Prasad, who lives in a village in Andhra Pradesh, sent a legal notice to the film`s producer Ekta Kapoor and director Milan Luthria for not taking permission from the late actress` family before making the movie. Prasad claims that he learned about the film through television.
Silk Smitha committed suicide in 1996.
“‘The Dirty Picture’, a spectacular musical entertainer, is in essence, a love story, and a celebration of the never-say-die spirit of every industry newcomer," said the statement.
Vidya has teamed up with Naseeruddin Shah, Tusshar Kapoor and Emraan Hashmi in the film, which is releasing Dec 2.