Continuing with his decades old passion of making inspired movies borrowing heavily from the famous western classics, the veteran Mahesh Bhatt writes JISM 2 for her daughter’s (Pooja Bhatt’s) directorial venture taking it all from a Hitchcock classic this time.
So besides having a similar publicity poster reportedly inspired from Goa based designer Felix Bandesh’s 2008 fashion photo-shoot, its title song sounding very close to a Turkish song by Kayahan & an Iranian song sung by Pouya Bayati, another song’s lyrics directly taken from a famous Pakistani song sung by Noor Jehan & Reshma, JISM 2 also has an all inspired script straight away reminding you of Alfred Hitchcock’s NOTORIOUS released in 1964.
The plot of hiring a beautiful girl to spy on a suspected criminal who already knows the girl from the past, the spy asking her for marriage in just a few days, the cop falling in love with the girl on the other side leading to further complications is all there in Hitchcock’s classic based on the short story “The Song of the Dragon” by American writer John Taintor Foote.
However to make JISM 2 quickly in order to cash in the Sunny Leone craze, Mahesh Bhatt deletes all the supporting characters of the original script, like the spy’s mother and his other crime associates to complete it within a short time with only 4 main characters. But what he does with the storyline in its climax is hugely unconvincing since the original actually ends in a great romantic manner where no one dies.
Moreover, as I watched NOTORIOUS again after the unpleasant experience of JISM 2, I realized that Ingrid Bergman as the spy girl in that black & white classic in fact looked more gorgeous & graceful in all her decent body covering dresses than the bright Sunny Leone in all her colourful revealing outfits in this current version. So if you really want to see what the maestro Alfred Hitchcock did with the same story along with the elegant Cary Grant & Ingrid Bergman as the loving couple then do watch NOTORIOUS at the earliest as a must.
(Thanks to Niraj Mancchanda for reminding me of this connection)