Femme fatales at box office

Updated on Sep 21, 2004 08:06 PM IST

While Diya goes from coy to cool in Tumsa Nahin Dekha, Bipasha relinquishes her hot Jism image in Madhoshi.

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PTI | BySubhash K Jha (IANS), Mumbai

This is an interesting week for Bollywood - as this weekend at the turnstiles, actresses are swapping places.

While Diya Mirza goes from coy to cool in Tumsa Nahin Dekha, Bipasha Basu relinquishes her hot Jism image to do something quite different in new director Tanvir Khan's Madhoshi (earlier entitled Mumkin).

According to Bipasha, though she and her ex-flame John Abraham are quite comfortable as lovers in Madhoshi, they don't really make a sexy spectacle of themselves. So, sorry folks! No Jism this time though the promotional footage on television suggests otherwise. Bipasha insists she and John haven't been signed together because they are real life couple, but because they fit into their roles.

But will the lucky letter 'M' hold up Madhoshi? During this year, we've already had four major hits with the lucky letter in the title - Murder, Main Hoon Na, Mujhse Shaadi Karogi and Masti.

While Bipasha saves skin, the demure Diya Mirza sheds it, and her inhibitions, to play a stripper in ailing director Anurag Basu's Tumsa Nahin Dekha. Though the title is taken from a Shammi Kapoor musical, the songs for the new Tumsa Nahin Dekha by Nadeem-Shravan haven't failed to create any furore.

The general slump in the music industry is being blamed for the failure of the music to qualify the film as a potential musical hit.

 
Demure Diya sheds her

inhibitions

Though the lead pair Emran Hashmi (who is the producer Mukesh Bhatt's nephew) and Diya Mirza aren't hot propositions, it is expected that

Tumsa Nahin Dekha

would get a better opening than

Madhoshi

simply because it's promoted in a better way.

This week's third release, Dobara, has no star value, and certainly nothing to offer. An adulterous love triangle featuring Jackie Shroff, who stopped being a leading man two years ago, Raveena Tandon - who is retired from acting and is now awaiting motherhood, and Mahima Chowdhary - whose presence needs no elaboration.

The film that claims marital maturity, supported by a mature music score by Anu Malik, have very few takers. And it is unlikely that Dobara, directed by Shashi Ranjan, a television and film producer, will have an opening audience.

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