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Jism

IT IS dawn. In the distance, a car is seen approaching. It stops and a bleeding John Abraham steps out. And then falls. The scene fades and the story begins. Welcome to Mahesh Bhatt's take off on the legendary Billy Wilder's 1944 film noire, "Double Indemnity" with a wee bit of "Sunset Boulevard" thrown in.

Fish Eye Production's "Jism," Pooja Bhatt's latest venture, has generated much hype and been billed an "erotic thriller," reason enough to get audiences (male to be specific) into the theatres. But, except for some steamy scenes in the first half between the lead pair, Bipasha Basu and Abraham, there's not much to titillate.

Kabir (Abraham) is a lawyer, who is rarely seen at work. He's drunk more often than not. One day, while sitting on the beach, he sees Sonia (Bipasha Basu) walk out of the water a la Ursula Andress in "Dr. No". It's lust at first sight.

He then sees her again at a restaurant and stars wooing her. But Sonia is married to the rich Rohit (Gulshan Grover), whose prized possession is his wife. Kabir can't forget Sonia and vice versa. So the couple plot to eliminate the `kebab mein haddi.' Do they succeed? Are they caught? Can they live happily ever after? If you are looking for a thriller that will send shivers down your spine, forget it! "Jism" is neither erotic nor thrilling. The first half is tedious while the second half is quite predictable, with trite dialogue...

Debutant director Amit Saxena falters from the word go. He seems confused

As for the acting, Abraham who catwalks most of the time, is a better model. As for Basu, she is all oomph in her black and white revealing costumes, and at times convincing as the money hungry man-eater. But for the most part, she lacks emotional depth. However, Vinay Pathak and Ranvir Shorey, music channel VJs, are sincere as Kabir's friends.

Music by M. M. Kreem is lilting! But songs are wasted as they do not gel with the plot. The film has been produced by Pooja Bhatt and Sujit Kumar Singh.

Well, as for the script, Mr. Bhatt, did you, who wrote "Saaransh", "Arth" and "Daddy", also write "Jism"?

SAVITHA GAUTAM

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