Anupama Chopra's review: Murder 3

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    The third installment of Murder franchise is here! Murder 3 shows Randeep Hooda chasing the two leading ladies.

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    Randeep Hooda's seen getting intimate with Aditi Rao Hydari.

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    Taking their successful partnership forward, Fox Star Studios and Vishesh Films have joined hands to produce Murder 3. The film also happens to mark the ...

  • Aditi Rao Hydari

    Aditi Rao Hydari looks fresh as a newcomer in the film.

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    Aditi Rao Hydari and Randeep Hooda are paired for the first time.

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    Aditi Rao Hydari will be seen in a Bhatt film for the first time.

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    Randeep Hooda is playing a photographer and hooks up with Sara Loren or Mona Laizza. Things turn ugly after she moves in with him in ...

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    Aditi Rao Hydari, who is playing Randeep Hooda's former girlfriend, haunts the couple later.

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    Sara Loren plays Randeep Hooda's love interest in the film.

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    Buzz was that Murder 2 girl Jacqueline Fernandez was approached for the third installment also.

Murder 3
Direction: Vishesh Bhatt
Actors: Randeep Hooda, Aditi Rao Hydari
Rating: **

Over the last ten years, the brothers Bhatt - Mahesh and Mukesh - have perfected the art of the high-concept, low-budget franchise. Think Jannat, Raaz and, of course, Murder. Like the other franchises, the Murder movies have nothing to do with each other in terms of story or character. But they all offer a similar cocktail of suspense, moral ambiguity and erotica. Unlike the first two films, which were brazen copies, Murder 3 is the official remake of a Spanish film titled La Cara Oculta (or The Hidden Face). I haven't seen it but this Indianised version is fearlessly foolish.

At its heart, Murder 3 is about the staggering sex appeal of Vikram, played by Randeep Hooda, a hotshot photographer who goes, without any struggle from shooting wildlife in South Africa to fashion models in Mumbai. There isn't a woman in this film who can resist his charms. Surprisingly, none are put off by the awkward hairdo. So Vikram has a girlfriend, Roshni played by Aditi Rao Hydari, who is so besotted with him that she abandons her flourishing career as an architect in South Africa and moves to Mumbai. Then, she disappears. Almost instantly, Vikram finds solace in the arms of a kindly lounge waitress, Nisha, who moves into his palatial but creepy house. Here taps make strange sounds and showers become scalding hot without warning. But, of course, Nisha, played by Sara Loren, isn't fazed by any of this. Did I mention there's also a sexy hairdresser who occasionally shares wine with Vikram in his vanity van?

This twisty triangle goes from interestingly outlandish to flat-out silly. And the lame acting doesn't help. Even the normally reliable Hooda sulks through the film. At one point, Vikram glares at Nisha and grimly declares: "I don't like surprises". I laughed out loud. Murder 3 picks up steam in the second half. Debutant director Vishesh Bhatt creates a palpable sense of claustrophobia and panic but the story is so silly that you can't take it seriously. Aditi struggles to bring conviction to her character's strange situation. Loren's main task is to maintain her blowfish lips and show ample skin, which she manages admirably. With a little more imagination, Murder 3 could have been deliciously dark.  I'm pinning my hopes on Murder 4.


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