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Murder 2
Producer: Mukesh Bhatt
Director: Mohit Suri
Starring: Emraan Hashmi, Jacqueline Fernandez, Prashant Narayanan, Sudhanshu Pandey, Sandeep Sikand
Music: Harshit Saxena, Mithooon, Sangeet Haldipur, Siddharth Haldipur
Lyrics: Sayeed Quadri, Mithoon, Kumaar
Genre: Thriller
Recommended Audience: Parental Guidance
Film Released on: 08 July 2011
Reviewed by: Bhavikk Sangghvi  - Rating: 4.5 / 10
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  • Arjun Bhagwat (Emraan Hashmi) is a Goan ex-cop who earns his bread doing all the wrong and odd jobs. His family was so troubled by their poverty that it became difficult for them to survive. For Arjun, money became a priority and the basis for any job he took up.

    Arjun meets Sameer (Shekhar Shukla), a Goan gangster who has been suffering a huge loss as his hookers have been running away. He immediately assigns Arjun for the job offering him a huge sum and knowing his skills of investigation as an ex-cop in order to find those girls.

    Priya (Jacqueline Fernandez), a young girl who plays a model in the film, is deeply in love with Arjun. However, he is hesitant to admit it as for him the only thing that matters is money. Through his investigation, Priya does not understand his hesitance in giving a name to their relationship.

    Whilst investigating, Arjun realizes that the girls missing are connected by one cell phone number. He decides that in order to catch the lion one must feed him the lamb. He devises a plan that involves sending a girl to that particular customer.

    Here comes in Reshma (Sulagna Panigrahi), a young college girl who is into the profession of prostitution in order to feed and support her family. She becomes the innocent prey, and is then sent to the antagonists' house, Dheeraj Pandey (Prashant Narayanan). The unexpected happens as we reveal that Dheeraj is a serial killer who plays a eunuch in the film. He is a sex addict and hence, decides to brutally murder women.

    But as fate has it, thru the journey of investigation, Arjun and Dheeraj cross paths. Arjun gets into a tiff with Dheeraj and they both land up at the police station. Dheeraj being the sociopath admits to a crime so heinous that even the police gets shocked by his behavior.

    Now it's all upto Arjun Bhagwat. He has one night to find some proof in order to keep Dheeraj in jail. He needs to find Reshma because he begins to feel guilty about his plan of sending her as bait. He realizes that Reshma's background is similar to his and hence, feels compassion towards her. Thru his investigation, he meets several people who have had an encounter with this serial killer including his family and a hooker who managed to escape.

    Things don't go as planned and Dheeraj leaves the police station as a free bird as there is no evidence against him. Meanwhile, the next victim on his list turns out to be Priya. The road for Arjun is now difficult. Will he be able to gather substantial evidence? Will he find Reshma and save Priya or will it be too late? Murder 2 is all about that.

    Director Mohit Suri chooses a complex subject and he handles it with dexterity; but the story by Mahesh Bhatt and screenplay / dialogues by Shagufta Rafique does not do full justice to his work. It’s like a good script ‘mudered’ half way; as the proceedings tend to get too mundane at times and you lose interest especially during the beginning of the second hour.

    Emraan Hashmi does a sincere job; but the long locks do not suit him and so he looks bad on screen. Jacqueline sheds all her inhibitions and displays ample skin show; but her role is not meaty or even long enough for her to prove any histrionics.

    Among the supporting cast, Prashant Narayanan as the eunuch is outstanding and the actor handles the role with rare maturity and understanding. Sulagna is a talent to watch out for. Sandeep Sikcand makes a solid impact even in a brief part. Sudhanshu Pandey oozes confidence. Shweta Kawatra leaves an impression even in that lone sequence.

    Music by Harshit Saxena, Sangeet Haldipur, Siddharth Haldipur, Mithoon is catchy (but unfortunately not well promoted) with ‘Hale Dil’ being the pick of the lot.

    Lyrics by Sayeed Qadri, Kumaar, Mithoon are meaningful. The item number by Yana Gupta (opening credits) is well choreographed (Raju Khan). Editing by Devendra Murdeshwar is not up to the mark and the film can easily be trimmed by at least 15 minutes. Cinematography by Ravi Walia is top notch. Sound design by Kunal Mehta and Parikshit Lalwani is of standard.

    All in all, ‘Murder 2’ does not really succeed in carrying the brand ‘Murder’ forward as one would expect it to be.

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