Jism under the prism


First of all, let me say this: if a terrorist with Hooda’s sex-appeal, who can play the cello with his right hand and fire his guns with the left,  should cross my path, I’ll be happy to become a gangster-b*tch… Count me in. :-)  his abode in Thailand wasn’t too shabby either.

Secondly, my recommendation to Sunny Leone is, don’t give up your lucrative career as a porn-star quite yet… Oh boy, Sunny looked hot in all the right places (hey, didn’t she remind a bit of Zarine Khan?)  Lesson learned: porn stars are good at heaving their bosoms up and down at the mere thought of carnal love but have a very hard time walking graciously in stiletto heels, (which came as a huge surprise to me. I would have thought they master this task to perfection. And here is my  rule: if you can’t walk in them, don’t wear them).

Jism 2 reads like a cross-section of Mahesh Bhatt ideology.  He wrote a screen play where he can spit it all out, just barely shying away from blaming the government of being the ultimate terrorist organization, Mahesh knows he wouldn’t have many friends left if he went that far.  Biographical tidbits, remembering old loves, fantasizing over the power of love are interspersed in this father/daughter venture. But largely it carries the stamp of the  patriarch, the Maheshji.  We are made to believe terrorists are the true patriots? excuse me, Sir? They are artists at heart, poets, entirely misunderstood. Blowing up a couple of hundred people is some honest business because it’s for the good of the countrymen, who don’t realize that the institutions they trust are the true blood-hounds and devils incarnate, conniving with drug cartels and arms dealers. Terrorists are the pure-hearted ones… who want to save the world. blah blah blah… I guess that’s more Mahesh speaking… Pooja created the platform for the sensual that infuses the film with the honey of luv.

The  movie reminds me a bit of these endless and fruitless conversations with half baked pubescent conspiracy theorists.. Hooda’s performance is so convincing though that for a moment I want to believe it.  And had there been a stronger supporting cast the message might have had more clout. but  somehow the performances lacked in authenticity.. it felt all staged and too stylized to grab me by the throat.

So I guess, Mahesh Bhatt’s mission went unaccomplished here. Sorry buddy, but I just don’t believe in catering to terrorism and looking at terrorists through rose colored glasses.

The photography of Jism 2 was strong, the sets lush and beautiful. Everything on set neat and color-coordinated, like a Karan Johar trip.  The cinematography mind-blowing in parts, like the fireflies in Izna’s hair.. what beauty! must have been Pooja’s idea :-)

the songs were fantastic too. I loved the slow pace of the movie, the attention to detail. It had certainly a good deal of redeeming factors but on the overall, it missed its target.

Randeep Hooda is my new favorite actor, already since Once Upon a Time in Mumbai. He has a timing and a delivery that is unmatched. Not just good, he is a GREAT actor!! I can’t wait to see more of him. What a powerful performance. His best to date.

Great chemistry between him and Sunny Leone.  Even so, I dare to hope that the national security of our countries won’t be so easily compromised.  If a good rack and a nice tush and a juicy whatnot is all it takes to drive special forces into madness then let’s start re-negotiating contracts. And, we are doomed. Thank goodness it’s just a movie… :-)

Overall, I liked the movie better than I had thought I would. The story doesn’t hold up very well though.  at times way too much pathos and a height of emotion that just doesn’t didn’t translate and reach the audience. Only Randeep Hooda could convey something authentic.  Adult and seasoned men crouching on the floor over a woman with whom they had a few times sex, losing their minds over? forgetting missions and life goals?? Hey! Only in India… :-)

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2 thoughts on “Jism under the prism

  1. I’ve always liked Hooda. I’ll beg to differ with you and say that D, was his best film to date. Also his debut, I think?
    I appreciated his return in ONCE UPON A TIME IN MUMBAI, but sad again to see him return to the Bhatt Camp of horrible films. He’s an awesome Actor with either a shitty agent, or just bad movie choices. It’s a common plague in Bollywood.

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