With so many sequences, be it a Murder or a Jism, the Bhatts seem to be getting more and more formulaic yet manage a better than a C grade spin.
Every known gimmick in the genre of thriller is used. No surprises here: hot girl in a towel, in a shower, in a bathtub, steamy lovemaking scenes and lovelorn songs. All is neatly played out with a certain Bhatt expertise. The shower and the bathtub scenes actually have a twist to them. Not that such scenes demand an excuse any more. Even their remakes used to be unapologetic earlier. Now they officially attribute Murder 3 to a Spanish thriller, “The Hidden Face”.
Written by Mahesh Bhatt with additional screenplay by Amit Samurkar and dialogues by Sanjay Masoom, the film is quite slick in the hands of debutant director, Vishesh Bhatt. The story begins predictably with Roshni (Aditi Rao Hydari) breaking up with Vikram (Randeep Hooda) and disappearing. Vikram, a famous and moody photographer who lives in a spooky bungalow somewhere in the wilderness, hires two cops to locate her. Meanwhile his drunken Devdas bouts lead him to bed with a bar attendant, Nisha (Sara Loren) who falls for him. She has a few spooky encounters in his bathroom. The screenplay now moves out of boring song sequences and smoothly interweaves her love life with Roshni’s mysterious disappearance. It takes quite an engrossing turn in the second half.
Randeep Hooda as the lover disappoints with his ghostly voice and expressions.Emraan Hashmi is much missed yet again. Sara is equally average but makes up with her bare back. Aditi Rao who has done some charming work in her last film, “London, Paris, New York” is decent in her performance despite her whiny dialogue delivery.
Pritam has composed better music in the past. Here it is quite standard including the lyrics by Sayeed Qadri especially when compared to his own work in Murder.
Suffice it to say that Murder 3 is a cheating couple’s fantasy and nightmare put together. Call it cheap thrill or cheat thrill.