Saturday, 17 March 2012

Murder 3: Bipasha | Mallika | Jacqueline

With the success of their ‘Murder’ and ‘Murder 2’, the Bhatts have already announced ‘Murder 3’ as their next project. Buzz is that ‘Murder 3’ will go on floors in 2012. Co-producer Mukesh Bhatt says that they will soon announce its cast. According to sources, it will have Bollywood wild child Emraan Hashmi essaying the lead again but we’ll have to wait a while to know who will step into ‘Murder 2’s Jacqueline Fernandez’s shoes. This is another matter that Emraan barely found any time to celebrate the success of ‘Murder 2’. Buzz is that Emraan was summoned by the makers of ‘The Dirty Picture’ to report on the film's set in Hyderabad.

Director Mohit Suri has been told to leave all other ideas and work on the next Murder movie. Murder 3 will now be made sooner rather than later. The way it's going, Murder 2 will be one of the biggest hits of 2011 and the biggest success so far of the Bhatts' production house. They now want to do Murder 3 quickly. The writing has already begun.

Says Mukesh Bhatt, "At the moment I can't reveal the casting plans. But yes Mohit Suri will again direct the next Murder film." The one thing that the writer has been asked to keep in mind while doing Murder 3 is to keep the plot original. Murder was apparently plagiarized from Unfaithful and now Murder 2 is said to be ripped off from a Korean film.

Mukesh Bhatt baulks at the suggestion of plagiarism. "People said Murder was copied from Unfaithful when it was more like B R Chopra's Gumrah. As for Murder 2, I haven't even heard of the Korean film The Chaser. If there are similarities then they're purely coincidental."

Adds Mahesh Bhatt, "Saying Murder 2 is ripped off is an uncharitable remark. It's like saying Ghajini was copied from Memento. A situation can't be copyrighted. I'd say Murder 2 is closer to our own production Sangharsh. A Hindi film is like a patched quilt."

Recalling how the censors refused a U/A certificate to the film’s first promos because of a line that went, ‘Tere tukde kare char’ (will cut you into four pieces), Emraan argues that news channels had gone to town about how Neeraj Grover’s body was chopped into 500 pieces by Emile Jerome Joseph in the Maria Susairaj case. He admits that maybe his dad didn’t “get it” but today’s generation connected with it going by the deafening response to his entry scene. And the clapping and whistling was not limited to the single screens. It continued into the usually-not-so-vocal multiplexes too.

Murder 3 is definitely on the cards. We haven’t started work on a script yet, but it should flag off by mid-2012. We have no choice. After the super success of Murder (2004) and Murder 2, we have to take the franchise forward,” asserts Emraan Hashmi, unfazed by the scathing criticism his straggly

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