Movie: Murder 2

Director: Mohit Suri

Cast: Emraan Hashmi, Jacqueline Fernandez, Sulagna Panigrahi, Prashant Narayanan

Jagran Rating:  (Good)

Story line: If you thought that Murder was sensational, then Murder 2 will take your breath away! More blood, more thrill, more gory and more sleaze- is how Murder 2 scores over Murder. Dismissing the myth that sequels fail to live up to the expectation of its prequel, Murder 2 gives you all the reasons to go and watch the film.

Despite being a sequel, Murder 2 is actually a complete film. The plot of the story is based in Goa. The story revolves around Arjun Bhagwat (Emraan Hashmi), an ex-police officer who is hungry for money. He earns his livelihood by doing odd jobs for the pimps and gangsters of Goa. Priya (Jacqueline Fernandez), who is a model is in love with Arjun.

 The focus of the movie shifts when Arjun meets a Goan pimp who gives him an assignment to trace several hookers who have gone missing under mysterious circumstances. During his investigation, Arjun finds out that all the missing girls were called by the same person. He decides to send a dummy candidate to catch the culprit.

Here comes Reshma (Sulagna Panigrahi), who is a college girl but involved in prostitution to feed herself. When Reshma is sent as bait to catch hold of the culprit, she falls prey to the serial killer, Dheeraj Pandey (Prashant Narayanan). Dheeraj is psychopath killer. He brutally kills women after having sex with them.

In between the investigation, Arjun and Dheeraj lock horns and land in a police station. Arjun fails to prove that Dheeraj is a serial killer and thus Dheeraj is set free. Arjun’s girlfriend Priya is now Dheeraj’s next target. Can Arjun rescue Reshma and save his girlfriend Priya from the evil-eye of Dheeraj?

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Thumbs up: Murder 2 is an antagonist’s stage to showcase his acting skills rather than the main protagonist. Prashant Narayanan as Deeraj Pandey gives a fantastic performance which overshadows Emraan and others. Emraan continues his serial kisser image with a few additions of lip-locking and intimate scenes.

Director’s purpose of casting Jacqueline has been fulfilled as she effortlessly adds the oomph factor in the movie. Jacqueline Fernandez is as much seductive as Mallika Sherawat and comparatively more tastefully tempting .Sulagna Panigrahi, a student, who is forced to become a 'lady of pleasure' to support her family, is refreshing.

Mohit Suri's direction meets the prerequisites of the genre. He successfully builds up and maintains the tension and anticipation that a slasher film demands. But he needs to improve on the art of capturing steamy scenes with poise.

 Though the villain gets caught in the first half of the movie, Suri smartly manages to keep the thrill alive and glue audiences to their chair for the entire movie. And for this Mohit Suri deserves an applause. One of the prime strengths of the movie is the way camera has been handled. The dark and hooker-filled streets of Goa are captured with creative caution.

Music will not last in the charts for long but it boasts of some great sound track, especially ‘Haal-e-Dil’ and ‘Aa Zara.’ As mentioned, it’s a villain’s script and the bad guy rules whenever he comes on screen.

Story line and narration is good and it will keep you on the edge of your seat. The USP of the film is its tight storyline, which will make you guessing till the end.

Thumbs down:  Apart from Prashant Emraan and others have nothing more to do. Though it is a good thriller, it is not meant for family viewing.

The music has failed to create rage like Murder. The high dose of steamy scenes and violence could be toned down.
The sensationalism that Murder achieved half past the film, the sequel attains in the first ten minutes itself. In one word, if you have watched Murder, you must watch it’s second part.

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(JPN)