At that time the unveiling of the anatomy of the actresses was still taboo. The film was the object of very strong protests and got removed from the screens. Moreover, a year earlier, another film, Jism, had already shocked the purists. It was because of the overwhelming generosity of the actress Bipasha Basu. She showed us the extent of her physical talents.
These two films are from the same production house, Vishesh Films, owned by the Bhatt brothers. While Murder has highlighted Mallika Sherawat, it has also made her a star. The film was an unexpected success, and became the most profitable of 2004. It was the precursor of other productions mixing soft eroticism and thriller.
Murder follows the codes of the genre. It was a confessed remake of the American film Unfaithful with Harrison Ford and Diane Lane. The film Unfaithful was a source of inspiration for Hawas, taking again the same scenario.
Let's say it right away, Murder is not a big movie. We see a young woman, Simran (Mallika), abandoned by her husband Sudhir (Ashmit Patel). She remembers one of his old companions Sunny (Emraan Hashmi). She sleeps for several weeks with him. scenario but with qualities of production and a casting of second zone.
Mallika Sherawat is credible from start to end in her role as a neglected young woman in want of affection. She excels in the most sulphurous scenes. But beyond that, we must admit that she shows an interesting talent. It was far superior to many of her tempting sisters who followed suit. Moreover her role in Pyaar Ke Side Effects in 2006 confirmed her artistic potential.
Murder is a well-formatted product with a careful execution despite a minimal budget. The action takes place in Bangkok. It gives us the opportunity to see some interesting views of the metropolis. The other plus of the film is the music of Anu Malik, which puts the film in orbit thanks to its tubesques songs. He made a good mix of softer, classical, exciting and innovative melodies.
The original soundtrack contains hits like Dil Ko Hazar or Bheege Hont Tere which were all the rage in 2004. One will yet put a flat on the originality of the compositions. Kaho Na Kaho got stolen from the Egyptian song of Amr Diab 'Tamally Ma'ak' released in 2000. This version was later taken up by the Pakistani singer Amir Jamal. Anu Malik returns to Caesar what he has stolen before, by making him sing the version of Murder.
Murder will not remain in history for its artistic originality. The film spearheaded a wave of films with similar and often controversial concepts.
Murder 2 Review: Ah Korean Cinema!
Murder 2 directed by Mohit Suri is a shock film like the original. Mohit is the director of Woh Lamhe and Raaz 2. Murder 2 is not the sequel to the first directed by Anurag Basu. Indeed it was one of the darkest Indian thrillers for a long time! The version of Suri proves to be a pure success. Its cash has Emraan Hashmi, Jacqueline Fernandez, Prashant Narayanan.
An ex-cop who has become a dealer goes in search of a 16-year-old escort girl who has disappeared. His investigation will get motivated by many things other than money.
Mohit Suri already expressed his passion for Korean cinema with the remake Awaarapan. The bill was not bad, but far from the original 'A bittersweet life'. And here he comes back this time with a remake of the movie "The Chaser".
It brings a sulfurous touch with the beautiful Jacqueline Fernandez! The character of Emraan is the perfect anti-hero. He is more tormented than the character of the original version. Prashant Narayanan turns out to be far more rogue than the original villain! Indeed, if this version is less gore, psychology, it, is all the more misleading and troubling. Prashant delivers an outstanding performance.
In the end, Murder 2 is a success, the best thriller of the year, and (as if that was not enough) the soundtrack is also great!
Indeed, it is a tradition for the Murder saga to remake adaptations. Murder 2 was the proof and is among the best remakes that I have seen. It had the strength of innovate to the point of forgetting that it was an adaptation. Murder 3 directed by Vishesh Bhatt changes the deal.
Murder 3 is the official remake of 'The Hidden Face'. What strikes is that this remake is not a simple adaptation, but a real copy-paste! The disappointment is of size. Vishesh fails to restore the sublime photography of Andrés Baiz. The cast has Aditi Rao Hydari, Randeep Hooda, Sara Loren.
Murder 3 begins and (oh misfortune!) We face a song for the credits that gives us the impression of watching a romcom of American campus. The songs, although rare, are all also off topic, and useless. In the end, we are thankful to Vishesh not to take more liberty than that with the original!
Vikram (Randeep Hooda) discovers that Roshni (Aditi Rao Hydari) has left him. At first desperate, he recovers very soon from his pain after he meets Nisha (Sara Loren). An investigation begins on the disappearance of Roshni. Nisha get confronted with strange events in the house where Vikram stay.
Indeed, the main quality of the original is its graphic and artistic poetry. As for the actors, let us say that Randeep Hooda leaves with a sacred handicap. Sara Loren is transparent, but it's more or less what the role demands.
Sara dares to give a certain depth to his character, at the risk of being blue flower at times, who needs it. She remains a charm of the film. But the real star of the film is Aditi Rao Hydari. Aditi steals the show with everyone hands down and delivers an exemplary performance. Moreover, she brings to her character an endearing malice. In short, she's right!
And it is also thanks to Aditi that the film flies away. Yet, one has the impression of a changing film in the second part. The story seen by Aditi becomes deep, intense, with skin. Murder 3 manages to intrigue us. The actress is credible as ever, fascinating in her metamorphosis. The final is also successful.
Vishesh decides to relegate the house to the background. He replaces eroticism with a sensuality more acceptable by Indian censorship.
In the end we are not in a commercial cinema like Jannat 2 and Raaz 3. But we are still far from the great moments of cinema of the Bhatt's like Gangster and Woh Lamhe.
Alas, this Murder 3 brings nothing new and will not mark the story. Here is a romantic thriller all public, far from the shock of his frankness. A pale copy that sounds false without yet taking real liberty.