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By Subhash K. Jha, IANS

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It's time for some tense, edge-of-the-seat entertainment. Krishna cottage Movie Preview

The coming week had earlier scheduled the release of two thrillers "Bardaasht" and "Krishna Cottage".

E. Niwas, whose last film "Dum" featuring Vivek Oberoi was a flop, returns with the interesting combination of Bobby Deol and Lara Dutta in "Bardaasht".

Deol plays a man avenging the mysterious death of his sibling Ritesh Deshmukh. Lara plays a lawyer.

This is Lara Dutta's and Ritesh Deshmukh's second film together in a week. Last week they were seen together in "Masti".

But the release of "Bardaasht" has now been shifted forward. Reason? Producers were jittery about the film's prospects ahead of elections.

Neither Niwas nor his leading man is hot enough at the box office to warrant a red carpet welcome.

Bobby needs a hit badly. His last release "Kismat", with Lara's friend and rival Priyanka Chopra, was a total washout. Will "Bardaasht", written by Bobby's best friend, director Vikram Bhatt, fare any better?

The buzz in the film industry isn't very positive.

According to Bihar exhibitor Roshan Singh, "'Bardaasht' doesn't seem to offer anything new or exciting to the audience. 'Murder' had Mallika Sherawat and 'Masti' had a combination of stars. So audiences flocked to the theatres.

"'Bardaasht' lacks that special quality which spells a hit. I'd rather go along with 'Krishna Cottage', which has a youthful appeal to it."

Ekta Kapoor, who's busy shooting her soap "Kahani Ghar Ghar Ki" in Australia, has much reason to be optimistic about her star-less thriller "Krishna Cottage".

Though her first film production "Kyunki...Main Jhooth Nahin Bolta" was a dud, "Kucch To Hai" Bardaast Wallpaperspartly directed by Anurag Basu of "Murder" fame did nominally well.

"'Krishna Cottage' is an even more cool and confident product," Kapoor told IANS.

The packaging and projection are certainly enticing. Anu Malik's music, already a tempting hit in many parts of the country, is being seen as one of the film's USPs.

But most important of all it is Ekta Kapoor's brand name that gives this thriller its cutting edge.

Trade watchers say the film could surprise those who think a non-star cast product, featuring Sohail Khan, Isha Koppiker and Kapoor's favourite leading lady Natasha - also part of her earlier film "Kucch To Hai" - doesn't stand a chance.

"A thriller like 'Krishna Cottage' hasn't been seen before in Hindi cinema. It's an absolute original," promises Kapoor.


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