Remember all the hue and cry over Bipasha Basu’s first international project Singularity, and that too a project directed by the renowned British director Roland Joffe.
The last time when Joffe was in India-in Kolkata, to be precise– he carved out a nugget called The City Of Joy with Om Puri, Shabana Azmi and Patrick Swayze.
There is nothing joyful about Bipasha Basu’s first sojourn into Western cinema. The film now entitled The Lovers has apparently been given the dreaded straight-to-DVD treatment which is reserved for those films that Hollywood studios lose faith in.
What’s worse, the reviews range from vaguely giggly to downright nasty.
Wrote Time Out, “Forget that The Lovers doesn’t have the courtesy to be fun; no cosmic romance should be so deeply afraid to shoot for the stars. As one of the film’s many forgettable characters so eloquently puts it, “This stinks worse than an oyster’s fart.”
And adding insult to injury is Los Angeles Times which writes, “What is surprising is the fact that this nonsense, shot in 2012 under the title “Singularity,” was written and directed by Roland Joffe, who, once upon a time, was responsible for the grittily realistic best-picture Oscar nominee known as “The Killing Fields.”
The film’s unceremonious death is a big blow for both Bipasha Basu and Abhay Deol who seem to be going through an unprecedented career-low in their homeland.
Basu’s recent horror films have all sunk without a trace. She can add one horror tale to the growing list.