Directed by: Vikram Bhatt Cast: Bobby Deol, Lara Dutta, Milind Soman, Gul Panag
When you’ve got to do the same thing everyday, life gets into a rut. You begin working like an automaton, not even registering w
hat you do –– it’s all so routine. Vikram Bhatt’s Jurm is a good example of work done with such ennui.
It is touted to be a murder thriller, but there’s little to thrill in this film. The storyline, which revolves around Malhotra, who is framed and then sentenced to life for the murder of his wife (Lara Dutta), has nothing new to offer in terms of sub-plots or twists in the tale. Malhotra does a jail-break, survives three point-blank bullet shots in his chest and then goes all the way to Malaysia, nursing his vendetta.
But the sorry storyline isn’t what has done the film in. It’s the couldn’t-care-less treatment meted out to the film by the director, actors and all others involved, which is unpardonable. For instance, when the police go to investigate the body of the dead wife, they discover a disintegrating skeleton in a grave on the beach. She died only a few day’s ago, didn’t she? So how do you explain the super fast decomposition?
Why the millionaire protagonist Avinash Malhotra (Bobby Deol) can’t figure out that his best friend Rohit Saxena (Milind Soman) is the villain is baffling, given that anyone who has seen even two-and-a-half crime flicks can immediately guess what his game is.