|Murder 3 manages to incorporate all the elements of a ‘typical’
Bhatt film – great music, beautiful locations, decent performances, at
least one horror element, interesting and improbable twists, ample
number of lovemaking sequences and unintentionally funny dialogues.
Starring Randeep Hooda, Aditi Rao Hydari and Sara Loren, the film
is about how romances are marred by circumstances. Or, something on
Vishesh Bhatt’s directorial debut packs a punch. Although there are
several sequences where the tackiness does show through, the film
largely remains a good effort.
While it is not known if the story has been lifted from another
source, it must be said that the plot is quite different and
intriguing. Vikram (Randeep Hooda) is a struggling photographer who
moves with his girlfriend Roshni (Aditi Rao Hydari) from Cape Town,
South Africa to Mumbai in order to get a better career opportunity. On
reaching Mumbai, Vikram gets enamoured by the lifestyle of the rich
and the glamorous and gets too pally with one of his female
colleagues. A few days later, Roshni mysteriously disappears. A
grieving Vikram tries to pull back his life together and gets involved
with a waitress, Nisha, played by Sara Loren. Now, who was the female
colleague? Where did Roshni disappear? How did Nisha crop up suddenly?
These are questions which will be best answered if you go watch the
The film has its share of highs. While the several badly-written
scenes make for the 'low' of the movie. The film has great music by
Pritam (terrific sounds of KK, Mustafa Zahid, Nikhil D’Souza and
Shafqat Amanat Ali) and the guest composers of the popular band,
Roxen. The screenplay, co-written by Mahesh Bhatt and Amit Masurkar,
is crisp and gripping. Devendra Murdeshwar’s editing deserves lavish
praise as at two hours, the film manages to keep you on the edge of
your seats and the climax’s flourish is the icing on the cake. There
are a few scenes wherein the humour creeps up unintentionally.
However, these are minor blips and don’t affect the film much.
Randeep Hooda has delivered a terrific performance. Even the female
leads, Sara Loren and Aditi Rao Hydari, have done a fine job. One only
wishes that the makers of the film would have promoted it differently.
From the promos, Murder 3 did seem like another sleaze fest.
However, the story is clearly the winner here.
Films made by Bhatts usually end up making money, irrespective of
the quality of their work or the mandate given by the reviewers.
Murder 3 is a fine film and one hopes, that the Bhatts, who
release a number of films in a year, don’t get complacent and keep
getting better with every attempt. Vishesh carries forward the baton
from here and going by his debut, things are looking bright for the
Murder 3 is not just another Murder film, which
promises a lot of skin-show. There’s good content, thankfully!