By Dinesha Senaratne
Just when you thought it couldn’t get any hotter, India moves it up a notch as they bring the hottest movie to Sri Lanka.
The production team of Jism 2, is currently in Sri Lanka shooting the final few scenes for the film which is scheduled for release on the 3rd of August 2012.
Jism 2, starring the hot a sexy Sunny Leone, is being Directed by former actress/model Pooja Bhatt who is the daughter of Indian film director Mahesh Bhatt.
The Colombo Gazette caught up with Pooja while she was busy on location in sunny Galle, just before it started raining of course.
Q: Pooja, you brought your entire crew to Sri Lanka and you’ve been at it for a few days now, how has filming in Sri Lanka been so far?
A: (It has been) gratifying in every which way. The local crew especially should be applauded!
Q: You produced Jism but this time around you’re in the Director’s seat, thoughts? How has the transition been?
A: Natural progression I would say since I not only produced Jism but was also production designer on the film.
Q: As a director what kind of future do you see for Sri Lanka as a filming location?
A: (I’m) Glad they (Bollywood) have not woken up to the treasures of Lanka yet (or else) they will FLOCK here!
Q: would you come again?
A: I will CERTAINLY be back. I had wanted to film JISM here in 2002, blessed to be here finally.
Bhatt made her acting debut at age 17, in 1989 with Daddy, a TV film directed by her father Mahesh Bhatt. In the film she portrayed a soul-searching teenage girl in an estranged relationship with her alcoholic father, played by actor Anupam Kher.
Her biggest solo hit and her big screen debut came with a musical hit, Dil Hai Ke Manta Nahin (1991), which was a remake of the Oscar-winning Hollywood classic It Happened One Night. Pooja received the Filmfare Best Female Debut Award for the film. Another hit movie of Bhatt was Sadak (1991).
Her most well-known films in the 1990s included, Sadak opposite Sanjay Dutt (1991), Junoon, Dil Hai Ki Manta Nahin opposite Aamir Khan (1991), Sir (1993), Phir Teri Kahani Yaad Aayee (1993), Naaraaz (1994), Hum Dono, Angrakshak opposite Sunny Deol (1995), Chaahat opposite Shahrukh Khan (1996), Tamanna (1997), a super-hit and multi-starrer Border (1997) and Zakhm (1998). Pooja Bhatt has also acted in some popular hit regional Indian films.
Her last film appearance was in Everybody Says I’m Fine! in 2001. She has since focused on producing and directing. She made her directorial debut with Paap in 2004, starring John Abraham and Udita Goswami. (Colombo Gazette)