Mumbai: ‘The Dirty Picture’ has run into dirty waters it seems. Family members of actress Silk Smitha, on whose life the film is based on, have alleged that the makers of the film did not seek permission from them before making the film.
Silk Smitha’s brother V Naga Vara Prasad has now sent a legal notice to producer Ekta Kapoor and director Milan Luthria for making a film on his sibling`s life without family`s consent.
"We came to know through TV channels and newspaper reports that ‘The Dirty Picture’ portrays my sister in a rather obscene way. Ekta Kapoor is making the film with Vidya Balan in the lead role. Neither the producer nor the director contacted us (the family). What right do the producer and the director have to make this film, without the family`s consent?" said an angry Vara Prasad to a daily.
Vara Prasad said that even though he has sent a legal notice, there hasn’t been any response from there side. "There still has been no response from their side. We are now going to send a second notice in a couple of days through a High Court lawyer in Hyderabad. If they go ahead with the release, we will be compelled to initiate proceedings,” said Prasad.
Silk Smitha hailed from Kovvali village in West Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh. Her family still lives in the village, where her brother is a semi-literate agriculturist. The family was shocked and upset when they heard that the film had some explicit scenes.
"We learned that they made the film based on inputs given by an alleged boyfriend of Smitha in Chennai. If they wanted to make a perfect film with facts in place, they should have contacted us to know about her childhood at least," said her brother.
Vara Prasad added, "We have to see the content of the film. Whatever is objectionable has to be deleted. Those days, the media was limited hence we could not get the actual truth behind her death. Many believe that she ended her life because of financial problems. It may not be the truth."
"We don`t need anything from them. We just want them not to hurt us and our relatives," he stated.
When the daily contacted filmmaker Milan Luthria, he said, "Basically people like us tend to get into a situation like this very late in the day. It is very difficult to say anything at all as our legal advisors have warned us not to comment since the matter is subjudice.
My only concern is that things should go well and this course of events should not harm the product. It is tough to say anything more at this stage, as we don`t know exactly how things are going to unfold. The lawyers are looking in to the papers and they will take proper action.”