Director: Mohit Suri
Cast: Emraan Hashmi,Jaqueline Fernandez,Sulagna Panigrahi,Prashant Narayanan,Sudhanshu Pandey
Indian Express Ratings: **
‘Murder 2’ checks all the boxes of an Emraan Hashmi-Mohit Suri-Vishesh Films production. Hashmi as the rebel-with-a-pucker. Tick. Lots of hot chicks,lots of butt-and-bosom,lots of sleaze,lots of spurting blood. Tick. Counterpointed by a virginal,fresh-faced young miss. Tick. One soulful ditty that keeps the music track busy,also to tell us that Hashmi is really this nice fellow who needs rescuing from his bad childhood. Tick,tick,tick.
What makes the flick a tad less standard procedure is the taut first half,which doesnt let you move from the seat,followed by a muddled,too-long second. For a thriller,thats almost as good as kissing the film good-bye. But what will keep Murder 2 in our memories is its thoroughly deranged villain,who dices,slices,chops and carves his victims with an interesting choice of weapon,and relishes every second of his gory rampage through the film.
Arjun (Hashmi) is an ex-cop,whos now on the other side,conducting dodgy operations for dodgy types. I do all kinds of bad things,but I dont deal in girls,says he,naturally,to a pimp. Some working girls have disappeared,and the pimp is a worried man,because his business is being affected. Upon being shown a healthy wad of pink notes,Arjun swings into action,chasing down the latest missing girl (Panigrahi) when he is not burning it up with his lady-love (Fernandez),and throwing about sundry suspects in the shape of an apparently addled ‘moorti-maker (Narayanan).
Hashmi gets to do what he does best,glowering at the men,bedding the ladies,and towards the end,going head to head with the bad guy. His shoulder-length curls continue to distract as he goes through the film with his usual smart one-liners containing equal amounts of bluster and fluster. Fernandez has endless legs and lustrous locks,and is model-ready when it comes to taking her clothes off ; shes also tried emoting a little here,with not altogether salutary results. The cops who are meant to be tracking down the serial killer are shown to be aimless and stupid,and a sequence starring an alleged shrink should be up for the most laughable episode of the year.
At this point we can safely tell you that the film appears heavily inspired by a Korean thriller which has practically the same plot. But then borrowing seems to be such a Vishesh Films speciality that it almost doesnt bear mentioning. ‘Murder 2’ should keep Hashmi fans in business. It should also be the triumphant coming of Narayanan to Bollywood centre-stage : this is an actor we should be seeing much,much more of.