By Goher Iqbal Punn, Film Critic & Entertainment Analyst Showbiz Bites
Director: Vishesh Bhatt
Cast: Randeep Hooda, Sara Loren and Aditi Rao Hydari
Music: Pritam and Roxen Band
Rating: 4/5 Stars
Murder 3, a Vishesh Films production, is out and this time around you do not see Vishesh Films’ hot favorite hero and the guy who was previously seen in the previous two parts – Murder and Murder 2. Randeep Hooda has been roped in to play the main lead instead of Haashmi. Although one misses Emraan since he is a classy actor and has done brilliance in previous two episodes of Murder, but Randeep fits into the character so skillfully that the moviegoers soon forget about Emraan.
Bhatts are famous for churning out franchises for their projects and they keep coming up with the sequels to their ventures. Most of the time, their projects succeed at the box office and this is what helps them go on and on with the making of franchises and even more movies.
Since Vishesh Films’ popularity is for good soothing piece of music, heart-warming content and brilliant performances of the stars in their movies, Murder 3 carries the same to allure the Hindi audiences. Majority of the recent movies made under the banner of Vishesh Films carry erotica a lot. And yes, they are successful in this genre, as the subject sells. But they were being criticized for not injecting the emotional content into the narrative for which they were once super popular in Bollywood industry.
The fact remains that Bhatts movies made in 90s era carried abundance of emotional moments and they were supremely successful for the same. But for last few years, their focus has switched to erotica subjects. Might be they want instant success and obviously sure-shot success as it is the success manta ofcourse.
But this time around, they have made it clear to focus more on emotions rather than erotica though it is there in the film to inject spices for the entertainment of today’s audience. Vishesh Bhatt makes his directorial debut with Murder 3 and he has aptly and really done the brilliant job without any single doubt.
Vikram (Randeep Hooda), a fashion and wildlife photographer, begins relationship with a waitress Nisha (Sara Loren). Nisha then moves with Vikram in his lush and lavish house situated outside the city. The big house is palatial but also terrifying. It holds an important secret to be unearthed by Nisha soon – the disappearance of Vikram’s former girlfriend Roshni (Aditi Rao Hydari).
Murder 3 carries a strapping and attention grabbing script that holds the attention of the viewer from the beginning till the end. There are a few hiccups but they could be ignored as the film’s execution and subject are attention-grabbing and mind boggling.
Vishesh Bhatt makes a decent and powerful directorial debut. He does a brilliant job that is commendable. Mahesh Bhatt shows his class with marvelous writing skills. Music is spongy and a treat by Pritam and Roxon Band. Sunil Patel’s cinematography is finesse. The locations of South Africa have been captured with brilliance. Raju Singh’s background score deserves distinction marks.
Randeep Hooda has delivered the finest performance that should be appreciated and applauded. Sara Loren is luminous. Aditi Rao Hydari is gorgeous and displays her histrionics. Rajesh Shringapure is marvelous. Rest of the cast fills the bill as well.
In a capsule, Murder 3 is a brilliant movie by Vishesh Films with attention-grabbing and brilliant script, mind boggling execution and power packed performances. Four Stars.