Murder 2

Murder 2 is a 2011 Indian Hindi-language psychological thriller film and the second installment in the Murder film series. A quasi-sequel to the 2004 film, Murder, it stars Emraan Hashmi, Jacqueline Fernandez and Prashant Narayanan, 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 is one of the highest grossing Bollywood films of 2011.[4] The film is alleged to be based on the 2008 South Korean film The Chaser, though Bhatt denied this and said that it was inspired from the 2006 Nithari killings in Noida.[5] The film is remembered as one of Hashmi's standout performance and its hot sex scenes between Emran Hashmi and Jacqueline Fernandez.[6][7]

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)
StarringEmraan Hashmi
Jacqueline Fernandez
Music bySongs:
Mithoon
Harshit Saxena
Sangeet Haldipur
Siddharth Haldipur-(Sangeet-Siddharth)
Background Score:
Raju Singh
CinematographyRavi Walia
Edited byDevendra Murdeshwar
Production
company
Distributed byWave Cinemas
Release date
  • 8 July 2011 (2011-07-08)
(India)
Running time
130 minutes
CountryIndia
LanguageHindi[1]
Budget130 million[2]
Box office670  million[3]

PlotEdit

Arjun Bhagwat (Emraan Hashmi) is a money-hungry ex-police officer involved in committing crimes. An atheist, he regularly visits the church to donate money to orphans. At the church, he comes into contact with Priya (Jacqueline Fernandez), a model. Arjun seems to kiss her initially without her consent, but she later gives in and both of them end up at her home. There they end up stripping each other and passionately smooching. Priya eventually opens her bra and tries to tease Arjun. Arjun ends up opening her shorts and devours her with animal-like hunger, and sex is implied (offscreen) both of them eventually end up climaxing and Priya reveals to harbor romantic feelings for Arjun. However, Arjun only lusts after Priya's marvelous body and asks her to find someone else if she wants love, as Arjun can only have a no-strings attached relationship, and nothing else.

Arjun makes a deal with a gangster and pimp, Sameer (Shekhar Shukla), 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 that number. Sameer decides to send Reshma (Sulagna Panigrahi), a college newcomer in the business, who has chosen this work to feed her family, but keeps this a secret from them. Reshma is sent to Dheeraj Pandey's house (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 discovers that Dheeraj is the murderer and informs 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 a big-shot politician, Nirmala Pandit. Dheeraj is eventually released 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, and they reveal that Dheeraj used to beat his wife. Up next, he meets a private dancer, Sonia, who was also 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 also 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 with a model, Priya. He tries his best to search for and protect the missing hookers including Reshma
Jacqueline Fernandez Priya 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)
Amardeep Jha Reshma's mother Cameo
Abhijit Lahiri Dheeraj Pandey's father Cameo
Jhuma Biswas Hostel Warden Cameo
Santosh Sahu Male Prostitute Raped twice
Yana Gupta Jyoti Special Appearance in song "Aa Zara", also a victim of Dheeraj Pandey

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, who deemed the role of the female lead 'not powerful enough' and also declined the role. The part was then offered to Jacqueline Fernandez, though actress Sonal Chauhan was also considered.[citation needed]

After declining the lead role, Basu was offered the item number "Aa Zara". When she declined again, the role was offered to Yana Gupta, who accepted.[8]

The scene featuring the song "Haal-E-Dil" had to be partly re-shot in order to make it more suitable for use in television promos.[9]

Yana Gupta's item number "Aa Zara" was not shown during television promos as it was deemed too explicit and suggestive for audiences under 18. Instead, an alternative music video for the song was shot with Jacqueline Fernandez and Emraan Hashmi, which was aired on television and was used to promote the song. The original scene with Yana was still used in the film.[10]

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."[11] 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."[12] 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.[13] 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."[14] Sudhish Kamath of The Hindu said "At best, Murder 2 is a show reel for the talented Prashant Narayanan, a men's room glossy featuring the saucy Jacqueline Fernandez and just another day on the job for serial kisser Emraan Hashmi."[15]

Box officeEdit

The film opened with full houses across India with occupancy ranging from 70 to 100%, earning 70 million (US$980,000).[16] The film grossed 228 million (US$3.2 million) in its opening weekend.[17][18] After the weekend, the film grossed 47.5 million (US$670,000) on Monday, 37.5 million (US$530,000) on Tuesday and 32.5 million (US$460,000) on Wednesday.[19] The film went on to gross 36.5 crore (US$5.1 million) in its first week, although collections were affected on 13–14 July due to the bomb blasts in Mumbai on 11 July 2011.[20] As of February 2012, Box Office India claimed that it was the 28th biggest opening week of all time.[21] The movie dominated the single screens despite new releases [22] and grossed 20.50 crore (US$2.9 million) in the second week despite limited multiplex release. Murder 2 grossed approximately 850 million (US$12 million) at the Indian box office. The all India distributor share stood at 250 million (US$3.5 million).[23] Overall the movie collected a gross of 115 crore with a budget of 50 crore worldwidely. It was elevated to Blockbuster status all over the world.

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, All songs became popular in 2011. Harshit Saxena and Sangeet-Sidharath. Lyrics are penned by Mithoon, Kumaar and Syeed Quadri.'Haal E Dil' and 'Phir Mohabbat' declared chartbusters. Songs are as follows :

No.TitleMusicSinger(s)Length
1."Haal-E-Dil"Harshit SaxenaHarshit Saxena 
2."Aa Zara"Sangeet Haldipur, Siddharth HaldipurSunidhi Chauhan 
3."Aye Khuda"MithoonMithoon, Kshitij Tarey & Saim Bhat 
4."Phir Mohabbat"MithoonMohammad Irfan Ali, Arijit Singh & Saim Bhat 
5."Tujhko Bhulana" Sangeet Haldipur & Roshni Baptist 
6."Aa Zara" (Reloaded)Sangeet Haldipur, Siddharth HaldipurSunidhi Chauhan 
7."Haal-E-Dil" (Acoustic)Harshit SaxenaHarshit Saxena 
8."Aye Khuda" (Remix)MithoonMithoon, Kshitij Tarey & Saim Bhat 

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 [24]
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" [25][26]
Upcoming Music Composer of The Year Won

SequelEdit

After the success of the first two installments, the producers released a third film Murder 3,[27] on 15 February 2013. The film, which was an official remake of Spanish film The Hidden Face,[28] starred Randeep Hooda, Aditi Rao Hydari and Sara Loren in lead roles. However, unlike the earlier parts, it was a flop at the box office[29]

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