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Murder 2  : Grotesque, Gory & Gripping
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Friday, July 8, 2011
Mohit Suri
Emraan Hashmi, Jacqueline Fernandez, Prashant Narayan, Sudhanshu Pandey
This film goes beyond the thriller genre, combining numerous elements including mindboggling horror, to send a chill down your spine.

The plot: A bad boy with a good heart, a Goan ex-cop, Arjun (Emraan Hashmi) shuns his vardi and indulges in all the local decadences (vasooli, supping with the drug mafia et al), while he lives with his aadat (habit) Maiya (Jacqueline Fernandes) on a nightly basis. His line, ‘Hotel mein khaana lene ke baad koi hotel mein thodi baita rehta hai’ after a night with Maiya when she asks him to stay back for a while, amply illustrates their relationship. The central figure is a psychotic eunuch Deepak Pandey (Prashant Narayan) , a serial killer who murders all kinds of

women: young, old, ugly, saintly, in short, anyone who is even remotely a woman. He murders around 11 of them in his dauntingly spooky bungalow, cuts their bodies into pieces and disposes of them. Goa is now restless and the police are helpless since they can’t arrest him due to orders from above. At that point Arjun gets embroiled in the case, climaxing in Deepak’s next target turning out to be Maiya.

The good: The impact of the petrifying performance by the immensely talented Prashant Narayan will stay with you even after the movie is over. He’s awesome as the deranged eunuch and serial killer out for vengeance, impelled by his own impotent failings. He brings authority, substance and terror to this film, deprived of which it would have remained just a routine thriller with a suspenseful story and some background effects. The other actors have performed adequately enough and make their presence felt. The character of Reshma, who plays an innocent teenager, a victim of the hungry devil, is convincing.  Shweta Kawatra in a cameo as a doctor is also brilliant. It is director Mohit Suri’s best film so far. He keeps the story crisp with the apt amount of drama, thrill, horror and technical prowess. The film follows a logical sequence, slowly unravelling the layers beneath each character and it doesn’t leave too many loopholes. The dialogues by Shagufta Rafique are natural, bringing out the grittiness of the characters and their trade. The shots have been captured by Ravi Walia beautifully enough to gross you out and make you admire them at the same time. The background score is brilliant and makes your heart skip a beat more than once. The music already appears to be a hit with the crowds, especially ‘Haal-e-dil’.

The bad: The film appears to have some dubbing flaws. Jacqueline’s character is not fleshed out and doesn’t go beyond the damsel in distress. It also loses continuity through Emraan’s ‘look’ in the last sequence, where his appearance is not the same and his beard changes. But overall most of the flaws won’t catch your eye as you’ll   be absorbed and shaken with the kind of thrill this film offers.

PS: Avoid watching it at night if you have a weak heart.

-- Pooja Thakkar

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