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Bhatt’s murderous plan

Revealing that he never wanted to cast Mallika Sherawat for Murder 2, filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt says he plans to make Murder a franchise and will come out with sequels of the erotic crime thriller.

bollywood Updated: Jul 08, 2011 01:26 IST

Revealing that he never wanted to cast Mallika Sherawat for Murder 2, filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt says he plans to make Murder a franchise and will come out with sequels of the erotic crime thriller. “We didn’t feel the need of Mallika in Murder 2. We never wanted Mallika back because unlike Murder, which was a woman’s film, this is a man’s film,” says Bhatt.

The veteran filmmaker says that casting Sri Lankan actor Jacqueline Fernandez in the film was a spontaneous decision. “When we were discussing the casting, someone spoke about her and said that she had done a film, Aladin. We saw her photographs, called her, and liked her. We never thought of anyone else,” he says.

The 61-year-old says he wants to make Murder a brand and would continue to make a series of sequels. “We decided to make Murder 2 with a clear understanding that it would have the key components that were in Murder, which is erotica, edginess and experience of crime and thrills. And this is going to be the brand of Murder. We are not going to stop here. We are going to make Murder 3, Murder 4 and so on,” says Bhatt.

Releasing July 8, Murder 2, directed by Mohit Suri, explores the life of a couple dealing with the uncertainty of their relationship. “What I have seen is that problems of unmarried couples are more than that of married couples. That’s what is there in Murder 2,” says Bhatt, who has made path-breaking films like Saaransh, Arth, Daddy, Sadak and Zakham. “The problem of Jacqueline is that she sleeps with this man, has the companionship of this man, he loves her but the problem is of commitment. This is the age where young people are frightened to make commitments,” said Bhatt.

In the last decade, Bhatt’s banner has given hits like Jism and Murder. Bhatt says his films have high sexual content as he wants to mop out the feeling of guilt associated with the term sex. “I want to take out guilt from sex. There is an age-old relation between sex and guilt. Indian heroines used to be very reluctant about doing bold scenes, taking it to be a dirty thing. That’s the fountainhead of your life, how could it be dirty?” he asks. “In the 21st century, we have increased the sexual content as India has changed. Its thought process and sexual reference have changed,” he says.