Silk Smitha's unofficial biopic The Dirty Picture starring Vidya Balan was a blockbuster in Bollywood. The film, with the stupendous performance of Vidya and good content, had won critics and audience appreciation. Yesteryear sex siren Silk Smitha, who had acted in all Southern film industries, was talk of the town during her times. She reached the peaks, which many actresses would only dream, in no time and subsequently, fell down from the top.
Silk was considered to be a sensation at 80s and she worked with many top stars of South Indian films. But as the fate had it, she surrendered to death by committing suicide after tasting series of failures. Her death has been unresolved mystery even today! Well, her life story inspired Bollywood producer Ekta Kapoor to make a biopic. But as she did not take the permission from the late actress' family, the film got into legal tangle. In the end, the filmmaker released the movie starring Vidya Balan by claiming it did not have anything to do with Silk.
Now, yet another film claiming that it is a biopic of Silk Smitha, has been made in Malayalam-Tamil. After publicising all these months that it is an authentic biopic of the sex siren, the makers of the film, like Ekta Kapoor, released the film Nadigayin Diary (Climax in Malayalam) with a disclaimer, "It bears no resemblance to anyone living or dead.
As we expect, it is the rags-to-riches story of a poor girl played by Sana Khan. Supriya (Sana), who once was a housemaid, turns a new leaf when she becomes one of the sought after actresses in tinsel town for all the wrong reasons. Along the course of her controversial yet successful career, she falls head over heels for RK. But, much to her dismay, she is driven insane when RK's son develops feelings for her.The film spends most of its time focusing either on Sana Khan or her troubled relationship with RK, which is only reminiscent of "Dirty Picture" with a change of cast.
Except for a shocking climax, there is barely anything different in the film worth a mention. What differentiates the film from its Hindi counterpart is its narrative that keeps viewers partly engaged. The story introduces us to a director, who knew silk from close quarters, and it is through him, we come to learn about her life.
But, there is no closure to how her life came to an end or why did she commit suicide? Instead of revealing what actually happened to Silk, the film takes a completely different path and introduces us to an unforeseen climax to the tale.
While the makers deserve some credit for being innovative, but having introduced us to a character that was supposed to tell us the passing of Silk, the whole idea of a sub-plot backfires. In spite of creating a new sub-plot, which fails to create an impact, the film loses steam even before it arrives at the climax.
Sana Khan doesn't have much to show except her skin, which she bares as if there is no tomorrow. While she is over-the-top in few scenes and rock solid in other, but on the whole, you don't see a powerful performance that should have ideally stunned the audiences.
It would be an insult to Smitha if Sana was even compared to her because sensuality is not about baring everything. Even technically, there isn't anything spectacular to rave about it. Having been dubbed from Malayalam, the film shows us Silk from the perspective of that industry, but in reality, she was famous and busy in all four southern languages.
The film does remind us about the bitter truth that showbiz is elusive and when sucked into the whirlpool of fame, there is no way out.