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Murder 3 – Movie Review

Posted by FATEMA H.KAGALWALA on February 15, 2013 | No Comments

PRODUCER – Mukesh Bhatt, Mahesh Bhatt
DIRECTOR – Vishesh Bhatt
WRITER – Based on ‘The Hidden Fac’ written by Andrés Baiz (screenplay), Arturo Infante & Hatem Khraiche, Sanjay Masoom (Dialogue)
CAST – Randeep Hooda, Aditi Rao Hydari, Sara Loren/Mona Laizza, Rajesh Shringapure
MUSIC – Pritam Chakraborty, Anupam Amod, Roxen Band

Apparently, Murder-3 is an official remake of a Spanish language film – ‘La cara oculta’ or ‘The Hidden Face’. Not that it matters if the remake is official or illegal, it remains an insulting one.

In tune with the Bhatt-camp style of sequels, Murder-3 has nothing to do with 1 and/or 2 except a certain love triangle, some moral ambiguity and insistent erotica. Vikram (Randeep Hooda) is a wild-life turned fashion photographer living with his girlfriend Roshni (Aditya Rao Hyadri). Circumstances compel Roshni to suspect Vikram of two-timing and she decides to leave with a strange video message as a goodbye note. Soon enough, Vikram starts a relationship with Nisha (Sara Loren) and brings her home to live with him. Sara begins to find something odd in the house and at the same time the police smell a rat in Roshni’s disappearance.

Vishesh Bhatt tries hard to create a love triangle and build suspense into his story. But so lacking is the atmosphere in its surrealism and so sorely empty is the emotional world he creates that the package leaves one wincing more often than not. There are glaring holes in the development of the plot simply due to a clear lack of characterization. Particularly painful are some really awkward and inane dialogues. And it doesn’t help that the leads, barring Aditi Rao appear so clueless all the time.

Randeep Hooda, after quite a few thankless performances found some credence as a performer in Jannat-2. Something that he merrily threw away with Jism-2 and continues with Murder-3. His mourning yet mysterious persona is typified in a single-note sulk and that is supposed to be fatally attractive too. Sara Loren sleepwalks through every emotion she is meant to portray looking sultry and dazed. Aditi’s fresh-faced innocence and portrayal of the many shades of emotions her character goes through is convincing but it’s too little to save this house of cards. There is also Rajesh Shringarpure playing a spoil-sport police officer but little said about him better.

There is enough intrigue in the story for a captivating psychological thriller. But in the hands of Vishesh Bhatt, Randeep Hooda and Sara Loren everything threatening turns into incredibly foolish. And to think there was so much meat in the original story to explore!

FATEMA KAGALWALA

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