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Murder 2 review: Soft porn meets soft horror!

Movie:
Murder 2
Director:
Mohit Suri
Cast:
Emraan Hashmi, Jacqueline Fernandez, Yaana
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The decision to name the film as if it were a sequel is perplexing. The idea clearly is to cash in on Murderís (2004) success, even though there is no connection in terms of either story or characters.

The only insinuated link is the cheesy inclusion of Murderís songs as cell phone ringtones and the villain merrily humming the filmís song.

This oneís a far darker crime film with one of the creepiest villains in recent times.

Inspired both by fact and fiction - the film will have you recall the Nithari murders case, as also films that have misogynists as their villains such as The Chaser (similar plot) and The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.

Ex-cop Arjun (Emraan Hashmi) is now earning bread being on the other side of law. He has an on-off girlfriend Priya (Jacqueline Fernandez); she wants a relationship, he isnít ready to commit.

Arjun is hired by a local goon as the girls he supplies as prostitutes have been missing. The goon suspects a customer has further sold them. Arjun thinks itís a human trafficking case, but stumbles upon a shocking turn of events.

All roads lead to Dheeraj Pandey (Prashant Narayanan), a converted eunuch (this part hasnít been adequately explained). His home is the stuff of horror stories with a torture chamber and tools reserved for the girls he kidnaps.

Yes, itís that grisly, and you should know this if youíre planning to saunter in thinking itís an erotic, fun popcorn cruncher of a movie.

But then, is Dheeraj Pandey a psychopathic murderer or just a madman mumbling utter nonsense? Thatís for the confused police to crack!

Indeed, compared to this one, Murder appears an innocuous `loveí story exploring infidelity. As this writer mentioned, the promos lead you on to believe the film is an erotic thriller. But itís far more sinister and violent than one expects, as the plot revolves around the unsolved disappearances of several victims. Of course, it being a Bhatt production, even the victims while being tortured are in hardly-there clothing.

Performances are a mixed-bag. Emraan (in a god-awful wig) is passable and plays the `hot-tempered studí character yet again. Jaqueline, a formidable looker, is also, well, alright.

The scene-stealer is Prashant Narayanan (Bhindi Baazaar inc, Yeh Saali Zindagi) who makes his character one of the most macabre and frightening villains in recent times.

Sulagna Panigrahi (one of the victims) is impressive in the brief role.

Director Mohit Suri makes the film soft-porn (brief love-making scenes) and also soft-horror (the crimes are that horrific).

If youíre game, get the ticket!

Verdict: 2.5 stars

 

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