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Movie Review: Jism 2

Published Aug 10, 2012 08:19am


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Pooja Bhatt's "Jism 2" starrs adult film star Sunny Leone, Randeep Hooda, and Arunoday Singh. — Courtesy Photo.

In today’s landscape there’s nothing more juicy than controversy and Bollywood’s latest Jism 2, was engulfed in it long before it’s release.

Jism 2 is exactly what one would assume it to be — an amalgam of skimpy outfits, a salacious storyline, and equally bad acting.

If you're casting an adult movie star with earnest intents to “break her mold”, and spark an alternate career path, then a word of advice Mr. Mahesh Bhatt: Don't announce her as a “porn star” and then parade her as a floozie.

In the first few minutes of the new Bollywood movie Jism 2, there’s a skin-deep conversation between a cop and a self-proclaimed adult film star. He says “Isn’t it time you served your country”. She responds, “I do … by taking off my clothes”.

Pakistani audiences are also abuzz over the movie with former Junoon vocalist and frequent provocateur Ali Azmat lending his voice to two songs "Maula" and "Yeh jism hai tu kya" for the film’s soundtrack.

Jism 2, which runs on risible dialogues, a hysterically stodgy plot, arthritic performance, hefty-billing at Victoria’s Secret and the need-to-cash-in sex-sationalism, is a would-be contender for late night B-grade raunchy-thrillers. The ones that routinely run on specially subscribed channels on international cable.

Sunny Leone plays Izna, who tells us that she’s an adult film actress living a demoralized, dispirited life of wooing rich men for one-night stands (Leone’s voice, clearly dubbed, and her body-language give out mixed signals here). She is recruited by Ayaan (Arunoday Singh), an intelligence office who wants to bait Izna’s ex-boyfriend, Kabir (Randeep Hooda) a cop-gone-assassin, into a honey trap.

Obviously, she’s the only one who can hook and hoodwink Kabir into giving up a secreted file that name his oh-so-dangerous accomplices. Ah! – the limitless imagination of Mr. Bhatt.

The screenplay, a byproduct of a weekend's first draft for director Pooja Bhatt, is a testament of Bhatt's sleaziness; it is designed with only one predictable intention in mind.

Leone is inarticulate, not in just her delivery but as as whole.

With so much space allotted to the film’s always lingering sex-drive, the grave, and sometimes too sincere turns, by both Hooda and Singh come out as faux-dressing. But then again, they didn’t count in the first place.


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Comments (16) Closed

Hasnain Aug 13, 2012 01:29pm
seriously. some people have nothing better to do today than incite or place blame :)
sri1 Aug 13, 2012 11:03am
Sach kaho to foreign funded, muh kholo to RAW agent. Coming out bare with the unpleasant facts can only help Pakistan, but then this ultra-patriotism ka injection ek baar chad jaaye, to utarna namunkeen!
Movie buff Aug 10, 2012 12:25pm
The movie is so far not being screened in Pakistan and if the reviewer saw a pirated print and reviewed it thn it is encouraging piracy. The other option was to rehash online reviews and write this one, seems so.
@rabiyahaque Aug 10, 2012 09:05am
Need a ban on release of this film in pakistan.
Movie buff Aug 10, 2012 11:00am
Is the movie available in Pakistan? Why is dawn encouraging piracy?
Hasnain Aug 10, 2012 11:15am
who says dawn is encouraging piracy?!? dawn has always had an international audience and this film is a happening event.
iamcensorediknow Aug 10, 2012 11:46am
if you want to a make a movie hit in Pakistan that nobody see in other countries then ban it here. our nation has a dilemma to go for the restricted contents :D .... I even think, Bhat paid our censor board to ban it. Because in the same country much vulgar than this movie is going on in local theaters of Punjab and our local movies. Go ban heera mandi, an open market for selling bodies / JISM then ban this movie.
Gaurav Arya Aug 10, 2012 03:55pm
Mahesh Bhatt has finally lost it. The reviewer is being kind by calling it B-Grade. Bhatt should retire from film-making. Cant believe that this was the same guy who made "Arth".
karan Aug 10, 2012 05:32pm
i have not seen jism -2 nd may be i ll c or i wll not i m not sure but here is a point of concern i agree with my fallow neighbour who wrote close heera mandi and other cheap places he is right i mean we have cheap punjabi theatre culture too in lahore with double meaning things they say on stage and ofcourse there are many more dance bars and discs in indian and whole world so it depends on us what we choose to see and view i beleive ......i am from bombay but i dont like watching all this in india so depends on person to person .....
khan Aug 10, 2012 05:49pm
dawn is a pro indian newspaper in Pakistan. May be funded by RAW as well. it is serving india better as compared to Pakistan. lastest example of meer jafar in media of a country
PAK Aug 10, 2012 08:45pm
why do you assume the reviewer watched the movie in Pakistan? Maybe he saw it overseas!
KhanChangezKhan Aug 11, 2012 06:48am
Some time movies are becomes best a source of learning good lessons but unfortunately sometimes it is also facilitates the best sources of encouraging crimes. We must have to look both side of a picture frame before bringing to the viewers.
KhanChangezKhan Aug 11, 2012 07:01am
It has both negative and positive impact, so must have to watch it carefully!
wasimayaz Aug 11, 2012 07:12am
not a good movie
wasimayaz Aug 11, 2012 07:18am
i watch the movie and reply u after 5 hour ok
Hasnain Aug 12, 2012 12:21pm
now i know who you are my friend. you're the one who gets up early in the day and blames everyone else for your bad day that has not even come to pass yet =D