Vidya shoots item song

By Hindustan Times

Mumbai, Aug. 31 -- The first look of Ekta Kapoor's The Dirty Picture was unveiled at Bandra's Galaxy theatre yesterday. Later in the day, the shoot of a song was flagged off at Film City on a lavish set reminiscent of the South potboilers of the '80s. The set complete with chandeliers and glitzy props is reported to have cost the producer R 1 crore.

The item number will feature in the film post-interval and is one of the highlights, apart from being integral to the plot. It features Vidya Balan, who plays an aspiring starlet in a competitive song situation with another dancer-actor, played by a fresh new face. It ends with her becoming a star in the mould of Silk Smitha, one of the muses for the role.

"Vidya is wearing just one outfit in this song, a long, sexy gown, and looks absolutely gorgeous," informs choreographer Pony Verma, adding, "She's been rehearsing really hard, from 10 am to