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Murder 2 is a 2011 Bollywood crime thriller film. It is the second installment in the Murder film series and the quasi-sequel to the 2004 film, Murder. It stars Emraan Hashmi, Jacqueline Fernandez and Prashant Narayanan as the main leads, and features Sulagna Panigrahi as a debutant. Directed by Mohit Suri and produced by Mukesh Bhatt, the film released on 8 July 2011. The theatrical trailer of the film was revealed on 1 June 2011 and also in cinemas with Ready. It was the second film in a series of quasi-sequels released under the Bhatt Banner including Raaz – The Mystery Continues, Jannat 2, Jism 2, Raaz 3D and 1920: Evil Returns, each of which had nothing to do with their respective prequels, but somehow fell into the same genre following a similar story. It is one of the highest grossing Bollywood films of 2011.[1][4] The movie is based on the 2008 South Korean movie The Chaser.

Murder 2
Murder 2 Hindi Movie Poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byMohit Suri
Produced byMukesh Bhatt
Written byShagufta Rafiq
Story byNa Hong-jin (original story)
Shinho Lee (original story)
Hong Won-chan (original story)
Based onThe Chaser
by Na Hong-jin[1]
StarringEmraan Hashmi
Jacqueline Fernandez
Prashant Narayanan
Sudhanshu Pandey
Bikramjeet Kanwarpal
Sulagna Panigrahi
Amardeep Jha
Sandeep Sikand
Shekhar Shukla
Music bySongs:
Mithoon
Harshit Saxena
Sangeet Haldipur
Siddharth Haldipur-(Sangeet-Siddharth)
Saim Bhatt Background Score:
Raju Singh
CinematographyRavi Walia
Edited byDevendra Murdeshwar
Production
company
Distributed byVishesh Films
T series
Release date
  • 8 July 2011 (2011-07-08)
Running time
128 minutes
CountryIndia
LanguageHindi[2]
Budget12.7 crore (US$1.8 million)
Box office100 crore (US$14 million)[3]

Contents

PlotEdit

Arjun Bhagwat (Emraan Hashmi) is a money-hungry ex-police officer involved in crime. An atheist, he regularly visits the church to donate money to orphans. Priya (Jacqueline Fernandez), a model, is in a passionate but confused relationship with Arjun. Priya is in love with Arjun, who lusts after her and uses her as a sex toy.

Arjun makes a deal with a gangster and pimp, Sameer (Shekhar Shukla), in order to solve the mystery of unexplained disappearance of his prostitutes. While investigating, Arjun finds a phone number linked to the missing girls. He tells Sameer to send a prostitute to the number. Sameer decides to send Reshma (Sulagna Panigrahi), a college newcomer in the business, who has entered prostitution to feed her family, though keeps this a secret from them. Reshma is sent to the house of Dheeraj Pandey (Prashant Narayanan), who is actually a psychopathic murderer responsible for torturing and killing the missing hookers. He decides to do the same with Reshma and throws her in a dark well, with the intention of torturing her till she dies.

Arjun finds out that Dheeraj is the murderer and tells the police. While Dheeraj is held in jail, the commissioner calls a psychiatrist to extract his confession. Dheeraj tells the doctor that he kills women because he thinks they take advantage of men. He also reveals that he castrated himself and became a eunuch to get rid of his sex addiction, with the help of a fellow eunuch and big-shot politician, Nirmala Pandit. Dheeraj is eventually let out under Nirmala Pandit's influence. Meanwhile, Reshma escapes from the well and tries to find her way out through the forest.

Arjun meets Dheeraj's family, who reveals that Dheeraj used to beat his wife. He next meets a private dancer, Sonia, who had also been tortured by Dheeraj but managed to escape. Arjun then meets an idol-maker who used to work with Dheeraj. The maker tells him that Dheeraj used to make idols of devils instead of deities and killed the factory-owner who tried to stop him. Inspector Sadaa (Sudhanshu Pandey) informs Arjun that Dheeraj is free, and the police try to track him down as quickly as possible. Nirmala and Dheeraj enter the same temple where Reshma is hiding. Nirmala and the priest, who had both been unaware of Dheeraj's true nature, are killed by Dheeraj, but not before the priest reveals that Reshma is there. Dheeraj finds the terrified Reshma and brutally murders her, escaping just before Arjun and the cops arrive. Arjun finds Reshma's body and breaks down, feeling guilty and responsible for her death.

Dheeraj targets Priya next whom he calls for a photoshoot and tries to torture, but Arjun saves her, engaging Dheeraj in a fight as police officers show up. They request Arjun not to kill Dheeraj. Dheeraj then plays the tape he recorded when he was torturing Reshma. Hearing Reshma's pleading cries, Arjun, tormented by her death and blaming himself for it, furiously kills Dheeraj, ending his reign of terror once and for all. As the film ends, Arjun visits a church with Priya, implying that he had faith in God and Priya's near death has made him realize his love for her.

CastEdit

Actor(s) Role Description
Emraan Hashmi Arjun Bhagawat An ex-police officer turned criminal, who is an atheist and is in a casual relationship relationship with a model, Priya. He tries his best to search for and protect the missing hookers including Reshma
Jacqueline Fernandez Priya (Mona Ghosh Shetty as the Hindi dubbing voice) A pretty but lonely model, who is in a passionate but confused relationship with Arjun
Prashant Narayanan Dheeraj Pandey A misogynistic crossdressing eunuch and psychopathic serial killer who pretends to be a customer, calls the hookers and murders them
Sulagna Panigrahi Reshma A young, poor, college girl, who enters prostitution to feed her family. She is later killed by Dheeraj Pandey
Sudhanshu Pandey Inspector Sadaa An inspector and a friend of Arjun, who helps him to save the missing hookers
Sandeep Sikand Nirmala Pandit A trans women who used to be Dheeraj's mentor and is killed by him
Bikramjeet Kanwarpal Commissioner Ahmed Khan A commissioner who tries to solve the murder case
Shweta Kawatra Psychiatrist Dr. Sania (Special Appearance)
Yana Gupta Jyoti Special Appearance in song "Aa Zara", also a victim of Dheeraj Pandey
Amardeep Jha Reshma's mother Cameo
Abhijit Lahiri Dheeraj Pandey's father Cameo
Jhuma Biswas Hostel Warden Cameo
Santosh Sahu Male Prostitute Raped twice

Production and filmingEdit

 
Emraan Hashmi during the promotion for Murder 2.

The film was shot in Mumbai and Goa. Earlier, Bipasha Basu was offered the part of the leading lady, but she refused. Then Mohit Suri offered the leading role to Asin Thottumkal but, she thought the role of leading lady is not so powerful so she also refused to do this role. The part then went to Jacqueline Fernandez, after also considering actress Sonal Chauhan.[citation needed] Basu was also offered the item number "Aa Zara". When she refused, the song was given to Yana Gupta.[5]

The song "Haal-E-Dil" had to be re-shot to make it more suitable for television promos.[6]

Yana Gupta's item number "Aa Zara" was not aired on television promos as it was too explicit and suggestive for audiences under 18. Instead, the number was shot with Jacqueline Fernandez and Emraan Hashmi, which was aired on television. The original number with Yana was retained in the film.[7]

The DVD of the film was released on 1 August 2011.

ReceptionEdit

Critical receptionEdit

Murder 2 received mixed to positive reviews from various critics of India. Taran Adarsh of Bollywood Hungama gave it 4/5 stars and stated "Murder 2 is one of the finest crime stories to come out of the Hindi film industry. Also, as a film, it lives up to the expectations that you may associate from a sequel of a smash hit."[8] Nikhat Kazmi of The Times Of India gave it 3.5/5 stars commenting, 'Murder 2 has enough to give the masses a mast time'. IANS gave it 3/5 stars. Komal Nahta of Koimoi rated Murder 2 with 3/5 stars and said – " It doesn’t have too much to offer in terms of entertainment as it is a dark film but its plus points are the abundant sex scenes and the good music. Its reasonable budget on the one hand, and wonderful recovery from sale of its satellite, music and worldwide theatrical rights on the other have ensured that the producers have made a handsome profit before release."[9] Pankaj Sabnani of Glamsham gave it 3/5 stars, while writing that 'An intriguing plot supported by superb performances, make MURDER 2 a 'killer' film'. Daily Bhaskar also gave it 3/5 stars, stating that 'If Emraan plus Jacqueline under the name 'Murder 2' don't arise your interest enough, then the story will surely do the trick'.

Saibal Chatterjee of NDTV gave the movie 2.5/5 stars.[10] Raja Sen of Rediff gave it 1.5/5 stars and wrote in his review – "Murder 2 is flat, boring and not worth talking about. Even Emraan, sporting less stubble than usual, seems baby-faced as he goes through the motions. It might be inspired by some obscure film, but I don't even care enough to look for its name. By now, I've come to accept that the Bhatts have a bigger DVD collection than me. I do wish they'd stop flaunting it, though."[11]

Box officeEdit

The film opened with full houses across India with occupancy ranging from 70–100%, earning 7 crore (US$1.0 million).[12] The film grossed 22.75 crore (US$3.3 million) in its opening weekend.[13][14] After the weekend, the film grossed 4.75 crore (US$690,000) on Monday, 3.75 crore (US$540,000) on Tuesday and 3.25 crore (US$470,000) on Wednesday.[15] The film went on to gross 36.5 crore (US$5.3 million) in its first week, although collections were affected on 13–14 July due to the bomb blasts in Mumbai on 11 July 2011.[16] As of February 2012, Box Office India claimed that it was the 28th biggest opening week of all time.[17] The movie dominated the single screens despite new releases [18] and grossed 20.50 crore (US$3.0 million) in the second week despite limited multiplex release. Murder 2 grossed approximately 85 crore (US$12 million) at the Indian box office. The all India distributor share stood at 25 crore (US$3.6 million).[19] It was elevated to Blockbuster status all over India.

SoundtrackEdit

Murder 2
 
Studio album by
Harshit Saxena, Mithoon, Sangeet Haldipur, Siddharth Haldipur
Released30 May 2011 (2011-05-30)
GenreFeature film soundtrack
LabelT-Series

Track listEdit

The film's score was composed by Raju Singh, while the songs were composed by Mithoon, Harshit Saxena & Sangeet-Sidharath. Lyrics are penned by Mithoon, Kumaar & Syeed Quadri. Songs are as follows :

Track No Song Singer(s) Composer
1 Haal-E-Dil Harshit Saxena Harshit Saxena
2 Aa Zara Sunidhi Chauhan Sangeet Haldipur, Siddharth Haldipur
3 Aye Khuda Mithoon, Kshitij Tarey & Saim Bhat Mithoon
4 Phir Mohabbat Mohammad Irfan Ali, Arijit Singh & Saim Bhat Mithoon
5 Tujhko Bhulana Sangeet Haldipur & Roshni Baptist Sangeet Haldipur, Siddharth Haldipur
6 Aa Zara (Reloaded) Sunidhi Chauhan Sangeet Haldipur, Siddharth Haldipur
7 Haal-E-Dil (Acoustic) Harshit Saxena Harshit Saxena
8 Aye Khuda (Remix) Mithoon, Kshitij Tarey & Saim Bhat Mithoon

ReceptionEdit

The album received positive reviews from critics. Joginder Tuteja from Bollywood Hungama gave the album a 3/5 stars saying that "Murder 2 turns out to be a good deal overall." Musicaloud gave the album 3.5/5 stars.

Awards and nominationsEdit

Award ceremony Category Result Recipient Source
Screen Awards Best Actor in Negative Role Won Prashant Narayanan
Stardust Awards Best Actor (Thriller/Action) Won Emraan Hashmi [20]
Best Actress (Thriller/Action) Nominated Jacqueline Fernandez
Stardust Award for Breakthrough Supporting Performance – Male Nominated Prashant Narayanan
Stardust Award for Standout Performance by a Music Director Nominated Sangeet & Siddharth Haldipur – Tujhko Bhulaana And Aa Zaraa Murder 2
Apsara Film & Television Producers Guild Awards Best Actor Won Emraan Hashmi
Best Performance in Negative Role Nominated Prashant Narayanan
Best Actress in Supporting Role Nominated Sulagna Panigrahi
Best Playback Singer – Male Nominated Mohammed Irfan
Best Playback Singer- Female Nominated Sunidhi Chauhan
4th Mirchi Music Awards Upcoming Male Vocalist of The Year Nominated Harshit Saxena - "Haal-E-Dil" [21][22]
Upcoming Music Composer of The Year Won

SequelEdit

After the success of the first two installments, the producers released a third film Murder 3,[23] on 15 February 2013. The film, which was an official remake of Spanish film The Hidden Face,[24] starred Randeep Hooda, Aditi Rao Hydari and Sara Loren in lead roles. However, unlike the earlier parts, it only performed moderately at the box office[25]

ReferencesEdit

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  4. ^ "Emraan- "'Murder 2' is not just about erotica"". Asianet India. Retrieved 22 June 2011.
  5. ^ "Yana Gupta replaces Bipasha Basu for an item number". ZoomTv.SmasHits.com. Retrieved 29 May 2011.
  6. ^ "'Murder 2' toned down for television". Times of India. 7 June 2011. Retrieved 9 June 2011.
  7. ^ "Yana's Item Is Number Too Hot To Handle". NDTV. Retrieved 15 June 2011.
  8. ^ Adarsh, Taran (7 July 2011). "Murder 2 : Movie Review by Taran Adarsh". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 8 July 2011.
  9. ^ Nahta, Komal (8 July 2011). "Murder 2 Review". Koimoi. Retrieved 8 July 2011.
  10. ^ Chatterjee, Saibal. "Review: Murder 2". NDTV. Retrieved 8 July 2011.
  11. ^ Sen, Raja. "Review: Murder 2 isn't worth it without Mallika". Rediff. Retrieved 8 July 2011.
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  16. ^ "Box Office Top 5:Top 5: 'Murder 2' is a smash hit, 'Delhi Belly' is rocking too!". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 15 July 2011.
  17. ^ http://www.boxofficeindia.com/arounddetail.php?page=shownews&articleid=4015&nCat=
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  21. ^ "Nominations - Mirchi Music Award Hindi 2011". 30 January 2013. Archived from the original on 30 January 2013. Retrieved 24 May 2018.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
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  25. ^ Adarsh, Taran (22 February 2013). "Top 5: 'Murder 3' recovers cost, in profit zone!". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 19 October 2013.

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