Dirty Picture is loosely based on the life of “sex bomb” Silk Smitha, the South Indian sexy vixen of the 1980s who was famous for her one-song item numbers in many Tamil and Telugu movies.
Smitha was found dead in her Chennai apartment in 1996, soon after suffering massive losses producing her own movie. She was just 35.
In 17 years, she had appeared in 450 films in Tamil, Malayalam, Telugu, Kannada and Hindi. It is said that some of her movies did well because of her item songs.
Silk Smitha’s family has also filed a suit, as the movie was made without their permission. But the Andhra High Court ruled against it.