Last movies of Emraan Hashmi (Though musically successful), were a complete disaster in the box-office. CROOK had a shady & melodramatic script, DTBHJ was hard to be understood(even not so bad). But OUATIM & TUM MILE were tremendous. If Emraan fans are seeking to see that Emraan back, then MURDER 2 will bring their joyful eyes back & also disappoint them a bit. Because MURDER 2 is not an Emraan show, it's the villain who makes the audience sit on their seats gripping the handles.
Anurag Basu started Emraan's career [After not-so-successful FOOTPATH] by MURDER, a hit of its time. LIKE RAAZ, here director Mohit Suri also takes the responsibility to make the sequel of Murder. RAAZ was a creepy failure but this is second-time-lucky for him. Rumored & truly inspired by Korean flick, The Chaser(2008), Murder 2 brings a new ray of hope in Bollywood Crime Thriller type movies.
Like every Mahesh Bhaat-Emraan Hashmi project, Murder 2 also does not have a star-studded casting but this time they concentrate very much on the smart script by Shagufta Rafique.
We may have seen mind-blowing SERIAL KILLER based Hollywood movies like ZODIAC, SE7EN, SCREAM, The Silence of the Lambs, PSYCHO etc. But Bollywood has few, very few. If MURDER 2 can inspire many directors to create some cool-blooded movies like this, then Bollywood can create hype all over.
Arjun [Emraan Hashmi], an Goan ex-cop finds no other way but doing wrong and odd jobs to earn money & erase poverty in his life. Priya [Jacqueline Fernandez] loves him. But Arjun is hesitant to commit to this relationship. Arjun meets Sameer, a Goan flesh-peddler, who has been suffering a huge loss as his hookers have been disappearing mysteriously. He offered Arjun a huge sum of money to find out the mystery behind this. Things change when Reshma [Sulagna Panigrahi], a college student, takes to prostitution and is sent to the antagonist Dheeraj's [Prashant Narayan] house. As the movie follows, Arjun & Dheeraj collide & Dheeraj admits to a crime so heinous that even the police are stunned by his outrageous behavior. Now it's up to Arjun to find proof against him & find Reshma & save Priya who is also tangled in this mess.
This film is so perfectly handled, directed, scripted & scene-by-scene organized that one can start biting nails at a stake in thrill & suspense. Every scene of crime & bloody murders look extremely real & violent just like Holly movies & it is commendable of course. It was very brave to show such groin & violence to make every move more realistic & poignant. Every move & think by the actors, hero, villain is so much thrilling & gripping that a successful crime thriller is already pointed out there.
Mohit Suri proves himself after a long time that he can easily handle a well-crafted script. Script writer Shagufta Rafique is also immensely talented as well. Music By Mithoon, Harshit & Sangeet Haldipur soothes your nerves to a mild feel after watching so much bloody violence. 'Hale Dil' stands as one of the best songs of this year. 'Phir Mohabbat' is also a winner. 'Aa Zara' the track which features Yana Gupta in the movie brings on the mood.
As told, the main leads are Emraan Hashmi & Prashant Narayanan, where the movie is 'a must watch' for Prashant. Emraan gives a top notch "Angry ex-Cop" type performance. His silent behavior, smart expressions and decency in the face [not in bed] creates perfection and gives justice to the role. Just like Mallika Sherawat in the first part, Jacquelin tempts the viewers by her sexy avatar. Her curves, expressions, boldness takes her to a new edge. The most commendable performance in the movie is delivered by Prashant. His wonderful facial expressions, acting skills makes him the topper in the movie. Without his dynamic performance, the film would have never been such a good fare. Sulagna Panigrahi is a new talent searched by bollywood that have some positive factors to make her aggressive in her next movies. Others like Sudhanshu Pandey, Sandeep Sikand have a puny role in the movie.
On the whole, MURDER(2004) is very lucky movie to have such a handsome & impressive sequel that is surely a winner all the way. The boldness, the strong & sensitive script & the erotica in the movie - everything gives the perfect shape to the bloody outline of the movie. If many people are going to watch MURDER 2 to watch the hot & intimate scenes between Emraan & Jacquelin are going to forget all while watching the movie, because the movie is that good. Murder 2 is not about sex, it has hidden something so delicate & lusty in it, that needs to be nurtured greatly.
Rating : 3.50/5.00