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Jism: The firsts that were marked by this John and Bipasha-starrer
John Abraham’s acting debut
John Abraham, just the name is enough to make girls and even boys sweat, though for separate reasons. There’s no doubt that the actor today is the hottest man in the film industry and a youth icon in his own right. Today, with films like ‘Rocky Handsome’, ‘Dishoom’ and ‘Force 2’, he is one actor who has redefined the action genre in Bollywood. ‘Jism’ marked John Abraham’s acting debut and will indeed remain special for him and his fans as he entered into this exciting world of films.
Bipasha Basu’s stunning performance as a villain
Seldom has been the case when mainstream actresses have played a negative role and nailed it. After Kajol in ‘Gupt’ and before Priyanka Chopra in ‘Aitraaz’, ‘Jism’ was one such film where Bipasha Basu took everyone by surprise and stunned with her performance as a vamp. The way she played this seductive and complex dark character, it really proved her acting prowess. The actress went on to receive a nomination in the prestigious Filmfare Award for Best Performance in a Negative Role.
John Abraham and Bipasha Basu's first film together
Well, it’s not a hidden fact that John Abraham and Bipasha Basu were once in a relationship and had dated for almost a decade before they parted ways. This once in love couple shared a beautiful and mesmerising chemistry onscreen and ‘Jism’ was the first film where the audience got to witness this pairing. There’s no doubt that their chemistry set the silver screen on fire and indeed turned out to be one of the USPs of this film. After ‘Jism’, the couple went on to work together in many films like ‘Madhoshi’, ‘Aetbaar’ and ‘Dhan Dhana Dhan Goal’. We still miss them together on our screens.
Shreya Ghoshal’s singing transition; from romance to seduction
After making her Bollywood debut with a film like ‘Devdas’ as the voice of Paro (played by Aishwarya Rai Bachchan), Shreya Ghoshal’s singing skills prevented her from being stereotyped and the credit for that goes to film ‘Jism’. After singing tracks like ‘Bairi Piya’ and ‘Silsila Ye Chahat Ka’, who would have imagined Shreya singing a seductive number like ‘Jaadu Hai Nasha Hai’ with so perfect an approach. Indeed, it was a perfect transition from romance to seduction in her voice. She even crooned ‘Chalo Tumko Lekar Chale’, another seductive track in the film. Shreya went on to win many accolades for ‘Jaadu Hai Nasha Hai’ including the Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback Singer.
The erotic thrillers genre came into prominence
The genre of erotic thriller was a concept in Bollywood that had not been explored in depth, then. Today, there are many films (sometimes horrible) that are made and directly fall into this category. As the new millennium started, this genre came into limelight with films like ‘Murder’ and ‘Aksar’. But, before these films had hit the theatres ‘Jism’ was the first film that actually brought this genre into prominence. The erotic scenes were well-handled holding interest of the audiences, and without looking forced.