Review: The good news is that debutant director and scion of the Bhatt camp Vishesh Bhatt takes Murder 3 a notch higher than its predecessors in terms of suspense and thrills. While Murder and Murder 2 were heavy on erotica, Murder 3 relies more on story and performances. The bad news; there are still far too many films in this genre that have delivered better quality. However, for a Bhatt banner film, it is still one of the better ones to come out of the camp. Murder series fans- don’t be disappointed. There is enough erotica and skin show to keep the Murder trademark flag flying. Vishesh Bhatt does well to keep the suspense intact despite the slow first half (A note here: Murder 3 has been adapted from the Spanish thriller La Cara Oculta- The Hidden Face).
Fashion photographer Vikram (Randeep Hood) falls in love with a lounge waitress Nisha (Sara Loren). Soon enough she moves in with him and as expected spooky things begin to happen in the house. She suspects the presence of a ghost. The big question everyone will be asking… is there a ghost? Had someone been murdered in the house? Is there a murder at all in this adaption? What happened to Vikram’s ex girlfriend Roshni (Aditi Rao Hydari).
You are going to find the first half slow but the second half will be worth the wait. Aditi Rao Hydari’s performance in the key to this intriguing second half. Spot on casting for her role. Randeep and Sara also do justice to their respective characters.
If your objective is only erotica then this is not the film for you. Murder 3 is a good Bollywood adaptation of a Spanish thriller that is packaged with good performances. Vishesh Bhatt scores a decent debut under his home banner.
Verdict: Thrills, suspense & good performances. One of the better Bhatt camp films.
Release Date: Feb 15, 2013
Director: Vishesh Bhatt
Run time: 2 hrs
Cast & Crew: Randeep Hooda, Aditi Rao Hydari, Sara Loren