124 Min | Thriller | February 2013
IMDB Rating: 4.7
Director: Vishesh Bhatt
Starring: Randeep Hooda, Aditi Rao Hydari, Sara Loren
Murder 3 Review: The Bhatt camp has off late done good business with formula movies. ‘Murder’ series eponymously concerns murder mystery, ‘Raaz’ that has something to with the supernatural and ‘Jism’, well the name says it all. One common factor is skin-show and songs that go on to become hits. And there’s the Emraan Hashmi factor. An official re-make of the 2011 Spanish film “La cara oculta”, “Murder 3” is about a successful model photographer Vikram (Randeep Hooda) who finds his girlfriend Roshni (Aditi Rao Hydari) suddenly gone missing and the events that follow thereafter. One drunken night in a bar gets Vikram close to a hostess Nisha (Sara Loren) who soon start a romance. But Vikram’s house seems to have some dark secrets.
The dullest part in Murder 3 is the first half, which seems like a series of songs with a bit of story thrown in and is exceptionally boring. At first we are told how Vikram met Roshni in Cape town, and then dealing with his romance with Nisha. The hero is shown to be living alone in a palatial home on the outskirts of Mumbai. Wondering how on earth did he manage to commute everyday in a self-driven car! Phew! The whole story goes into a different tangent after the first half. Although a bit contrived, you soon accept it and flow along with the story. As with any suspense film, you are better off not knowing it till you actually see it.
Randeep Hooda, who looks more a goon than an actor makes a sincere attempt to act, in a role where he is brooding and mysterious. The girls on the other hand outshine him. Sara Loren, who earlier made a debut as Mona Lisa in ‘Kajraa Re’ with Himesh Reshammiya is here with a changed name. And there’s Aditi Rao Hydari playing the kind hearted girl who leaves everything behind to travel with her lover to India. Given the kind of movie that ‘Murder 3’ is, it is an outright verdict is difficult. If you are looking for Emraan Hashmi style sleaze and songs a la Bhatt camp style, this movie doesn’t have those. If are looking for edge-of-the-seat thrills throughout, then look elsewhere. Instead, if you are willing to sit through and daydream till interval time, your immense patience would be rewarded with a watchable suspense.
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