Another Year, another Bhatt production, another remake, another Murder. They just keep rolling them out like a conveyor belt fetches out baggage at the airport with utter disregard for attempting anything novel or original. I find this extremely condescending. However for all those who are willing to take it for what it is, will be sweetly surprised. For once we have a Murder franchise offering which holds on to its card till the very end. The title in itself will leave the viewers perplexed as it doesn’t literally match up to its meaning. Suffice is to say that, this valentine it is Love that gets murdered that too three times over.
Vikram (Randeep Hooda) is an ace photographer who is madly in love with Roshini (Aditi Rao Hydari). The two shift their base to India
after Vikram lands up with a mouthwatering contract. Once in India, Roshini disappears leaving behind nothing but a video message. Vikram is crest fallen and immerses himself in booze and work until he meets the sultry Nisha (Sara Loren). The two start off an affair which lands up Nisha in Vikram’s palatial house at the outskirts of the city. As time passes, Nisha feels a change in Vikram’s attitude and something creepy lurking in every corner of the house which is as beautiful as it is dangerous. Soon Nisha finds herself dealing with the secrets left behind by the builders of the house as also the ones which resulted from Vikram’s doings.
Murder 3 has a crisp screenplay which is complimented by a short runtime of just about two hours. The first half moves at a brisk rate which throws in thrills and chills aplenty. For a while the viewer is coaxed into believing that there might be something horrifically evil about the house itself but the onset of the second half rather quickly takes away that notion from us undoing the knots at a random pace. This is one complain that I have about the narrative. The director is unable to withhold the surprises till the very end. There comes a point in the second half where you can almost predict that where the movie is heading. And that really hits the otherwise interesting plot like a thunderbolt.
The principal cast members hold their ground. Randeep Hooda is one of the finest actors of Bollywood but he is getting type cast in all the wrong roles that he can choose. I cannot believe that he is the same actor who I enjoyed watching so much in films like D, Risk and even Once Upon A Time In Mumbai. He tries to play the part with vitality but the role is hardly cut out for him and so he looks out of place in certain sequences. Sara Loren is hot and she shows her acting skills too apart from her assets which, by the way, garnered huge applause from a not so respectable audience at a single screen theater where I was watching the film. Aditi Rao Hydari does well and she is convincing in a role which demanded some serious acting. However, her performance once inside the panic room though left a lot to be desired. I mean a hungry crestfallen girl who is watching and hearing her love sleep with someone else every night should have been a lot more hysteric. That was also a shortfall on the part of the director.
The music is surprisingly insipid. The Murder franchise has given us chart-busters over the years and tracks which have withstood the test of time but that is not the case this time around. The cinematography is elegant. The compositions are well thought after and present a picture of beauty in its entirety. The editing though apt was not done thoughtfully. The director could have edited the picture much more imaginatively which would have withheld the plot twists and turns till the very end making the movie even more interesting and powerful.
Murder 3 is in no way a great film but for all those who haven’t seen it’s original, it can be a fun watch. The plot is its USP and if one is willing to ignore some of the gaping holes and a less than imaginative unfolding of the events, it can be a worth one time watch. Don’t expect anything more.