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Lara Dutta and Bobby Deol will flirt with Jurm in Vikram Bhatt's next big screen thriller. See Pics
By Meenakshi Sinha | PTI, Mumbai
UPDATED ON FEB 02, 2005 08:39 PM IST

The wrong side of the law has never looked this good before. Lara Dutta, Gul Panag, Bobby Deol and Milind Soman will all flirt with Jurm in Vikram Bhatt's next big screen thriller.

"It's a story about two people who come from very different backgrounds. They meet, the boy chases the girl, they fall in love and get married. In the film I play a simple, middle-class girl while Bobby comes from an affluent family. Everyone around the couple thinks it's a fairytale love story and they are meant to be together forever. But things start to go wrong after marriage. Their relationship unravels to the point where the girl actually fears for her life. And then she makes a call and claims that someone is trying to kill her, in all probability her husband. Eventually, she gets murdered," says Lara.

Delighted to break out of the item girl mould, the ex-Miss Universe is looking forward to her first power-packed performance. "It's the kind of role that I am excited about after a very long time. The plot has so many twists and turns and keeps shifting between the past and the present. The shock, suspense and thrills will keep the audience on the edge of their seats," she says.

Lara isn't the only one who sizzles in the film. Giving her company is fellow beauty queen Gul Panag. "I'm a girl called Sonia who comes from a well-to-do family and is madly in love with Bobby. She will do just about anything to get him," says the former Miss India.

Gul is confident she can hold her own in a big banner movie: "My earlier film Dhoop was more of an art film. But I do want to be a complete actress. It's important that I accept all kinds of roles so that one day I can look back and say that I have done films which have got me both critical acclaim and box office success."

For Bobby, Jurm completes a trilogy of suspense thrillers after Humraaz and Andaaz. According to him: "I play a rich business tycoon Avinash who falls in love with a woman called Sanjana (Lara). Since he lives by himself and has no family, he becomes obsessed with her. But his obsession also makes him suspicious of Sanjana. It leads to a chain of events that ends in her murder. Jurm  is about the how, why and who of the murder."

The younger Deol admits he had to tap the dark side of the human psyche for his latest role. "While I can't really say if it's an out-an-out negative character that I am playing. it does have some disturbing shades. However I want to do more romantic and family-oriented roles in future because I want my films to appeal to everyone, and not just a select few," he says.

Helping Avinash solve the mystery will be his lawyer friend Rohit, played by Milind Soman. "I am the one who defends him when Avinash is accused of murdering his wife. All the evidence points to him, and this makes the case look bad. But I am determined to do the best I can," says the supermodel-turned-not-so-successful-actor.

Bhatt, who couldn't quite reverse his run of poor form with Elaan, hopes to do better this time around. "The music, characters, actors and performances all combine to give you value for money. There are 7-8 different plots in the film and everything else arises from that. Jurm  takes a whole new look at relationships and the way the story unfolds, makes it a very unique experience. It's not just a thriller or a love story. To my mind it is both," he insists.

According to the director, the presence of two beauty queens in the film wasn't intentional. "I can only say it's a coincidence that both Lara and Gul are pageant winners. And to be honest, more than half the women in the industry today have been beauty queens at one time or the other. Such coincidences are therefore bound to happen," he quips.

But will audiences like Bhatt's murderous stab at box office glory? That would be criminally hard to predict!

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