Sequels...the perfect formula so far for the box-office! PHIR HERA PHERI, DHOOM 2, LAGE RAHO MUNNABHAI, GOLMAAL RETURNS and GOLMAAL 3, all of them were amongst the biggest commercial successes in their respective year of releases. MURDER 2, a much-awaited erotic thriller is the most happening 'sequel' to arrive this year from the successful combo of director Mohit Suri and actor Emraan Hashmi.
If past musical records are to be analysed, Bhatt camp is one big camp that has enjoyed regular gleaming success in their music releases, one major domineering factor that has shaped their box-success. MURDER 2 opens up with big expectations as its prequel was path-breaking musical success in the marquee, finest to come from veteran Anu Malik that made Kunal Ganjawala ('Bheege Honth Tere'), a household singing sensation. This sequel charters popular path of experimentation of trying out with multiple composers with the likes of talented Mithoon, Sangeet Haldipur-Siddarth Haldipur and reality show prodigy Harshit Saxena as the lead composers of the album.
All the abovementioned sequels were rage at the music-stands and enjoyed prosperous shelf-life; can MURDER 2 be another 'hot & happening' musical endeavor to join them? Feel is optimistic as the countdown is about to begin...!
In year 2008, Bhatt camp showed benevolence towards budding TV singing talents and hit soundtrack 'Maahi' (RAAZ-THE MYSTERY CONTINUES) emerged from the promising Toshi. Debarring from upcoming Pakistani rock talents this time, Bhatt camp shoulders the responsibility of signature theme-track 'Haal-e-Dil' to another TV reality singing talent Harshit Saxena, who sings as well as composes this much-promoted soundtrack. Riding high on conventionally successful signature tuneful feel of Bhatt camp's previous hit tracks (('Zara Sa' (JANNAT) and 'Maahi' (RAAZ- THE MYSTERY CONTINUES)), it has peculiar 'infatuation' melodic verve that works with the sensuous theme of the flick. Harshit's boyish tones in soother tones vary prosperously and connect well with the contemporary 'soft-rock' ballad arrangements. It has already been high on promotional features and so far garnered positive views but lacks 'novelty' factor to create any major stir.
It's genteel 'acoustic' version is high on prolific guitar licks, riffs and strumming that moves with Harshit's 'unplugged' singing moves. Presumed to be appealing background score, this version progressively precede with fine set of percussions in modulating tones that works in tandem with Harshit's likable voice.
Alisha Chinai's seductively crooned jazz cabaret number 'Dil Ko Haazar Baar' (MURDER (2004)) was quite a ruckus on screen that added spine-chilling factor in the climax of the film. Rejuvenating the 'oomph' factor again, Sunidhi Chauhan's boisterously oozing voice yells out a contemporary club-dance number 'Aa Zara'. This raunchily choreographed dance number works on 'heard-before' arrangements but intimidating signature tune appeals with a fine set of guitar works, narrating out the feel of intrigue, deceit and lust in the most tangible way. Sangeet and Siddarth Haldipur's composition works on conventional Bollywood 'edge-of-seat' thriller musical impulse with quality singing by reliable Sunidhi Chauhan, overall an 'eye-catching' situational item song that should be adding spark to the narration of the flick.
Music given by Harshit Saxena, Sangeet Haldipur, Siddharth Haldipur and Mithoon is excellent. Haal-E-Dil and Phir Mohabbat are very hummable. Devendra Murdeshwar's editing is fine. Ravi Walia's cinematography is good.
Emraan Hashmi suits the role perfectly. Actually, the role suits him. It's a typical bad-boy-with-a-good-heart role, something which we have seen Emraan portray many times in the past. Jacqueline Fernandez looks sizzling, but doesn't have a meaty role. Those expecting copious steamy scenes between Emraan and Jacqueline will surely be disappointed. Sulagna Panigrahi, who makes her debut, plays the victimised Reshma to perfection. Sudhanshu Pandey plays his part with a lot of confidence. Sandiip Sikcand acts well. Shweta Kawatra impresses in her cameo.
The film undoubtedly belongs to Prashant Narayan, who delivers a splendid performance. To give him credit, he elevates the film to a great extent. His performance is so effective that you start loathing him every time he appears on screen.
An intriguing plot supported by a superb performance by Prashant Narayan, make MURDER 2 a 'killer' film.