DVD Murder 3

DVD Murder 3
DVD Murder 3

Run time: 124 min
Rating: 4.8
Genres: Thriller
Director: Vishesh Bhatt
Writers: Mahesh Bhatt, Hatem Khraiche
Stars: Randeep Hooda, Aditi Rao Hydari, Sara Loren
A hot-shot fashion and wildlife photographer Vikram gets into a relationship with Nisha. She moves in with him in his palatial house outside of the city. The old world house, made decades ago is as beautiful as it is scary. It holds many secrets which Nisha is soon to unearth; of the life of the man who made it and of Vikram, who is dealing with the mysterious disappearance of his former girlfriend Roshni. Written by FIP
Country: India
Release Date: 14 February 2013 (UK)
Box Office
Budget: INR 250,000,000 (estimated)


  1. The third installment in the Murder series and the official Bollywood Remake of the Colombian thriller The Hidden Face, 'Murder 3' is A Fair Thriller, that sums up as a one-time watch.

    'Murder 3' Synopsis: A wildlife photographer tries to solve the mystery of his missing girlfriend.

    'Murder 3' has a solid first-hour & manages to keep its viewer glued. The second-hour dips, but the culmination is executed nicely. The twist in the tale does offer shock value. Mahesh Bhatt's Writing has meat, but dips in the second-hour. Vishesh Bhatt's Direction is atmospheric. Cinematography is first-class. Editing is sharp. Music is foot-tapping.

    Performance-Wise: Randeep Hooda is sincere, as always. Aditi Rao Hydari is first-rate. Sara Loren is restricted to a few expressions. Rajesh Shringarpure is capable.

    On the whole, 'Murder 3' can be viewed once.

  2. Vishesh Films are back with the debut of their in-house fresh talent Vishesh Bhatt who thankfully gives us a decent Indianised version of a Spanish Film THE HIDDEN FACE / LA CARA OCULTA which is already there in my list of must watch suspense dramas form the World Cinema.

    For a change this time Vishesh Films cannot be blamed of making a blatant rip off as MURDER 3 is an official adaptation of its Spanish original with the same producers, Fox Studios backing the project in India too. However since there is no mention of it being an official adaptation in its opening titles (where it should be ideally), so I would like to take it as an "intentional hiding of facts" from the Indian audience by the makers, which was not expected.

    Having said that, MURDER 3 could have been a landmark film in Indian Cinema, if only the young director had added some kind of clues or engaging moments in its first half. Because in real terms before Interval, MURDER 3 has simply got nothing and post intermission it actually has got everything.

    To tell you the truth, I even saw few couples moving out of the theater at interval and I personally requested all of them to stay. One of those couples obliged to my request and then especially came forward to say thanks in the end, for not letting them leave the movie in the mid way. Now that was possible only because I had seen the original and very well knew what was coming next which was undoubtedly going to be worth watching for all. But the normal (innocent) audience, not familiar with its original, didn't knew that at all and therefore were all confused at the Interval that what kind of film it is (mystery, horror, or crime- drama) showing no progression of any kind even till its midpoint.

    So from that point of view MURDER 3 doesn't work at all till its intermission. But post interval it suddenly becomes a shocking eye opener with a never seen before kind of twist in Indian Cinema turning the film into a must watch indeed. To give you an idea, as the characters in the script started revealing their actual truths, all the giggles, casual conversations and phone lights simply went off in the theater resulting in a pin drop silence, rarely found watching a Bollywood film. People literally got stunned with the sudden, wicked twist in the tale in its final 40 minutes giving you a mixed feeling of love, distrust, uneasiness, guilt, anger, revenge or justice. And then with a solid, open but thoughtful climax coming next, everyone couldn't deny watching a good film at last forgetting its avoidable first half.

    Hence in totality MURDER 3 is a fine attempt by the debutant director Vishesh Bhatt giving you something never offered before in Hindi films. Yes, he majorly follows the original Spanish film sincerely till the added climax, yet the way he conceives his second hour in particular, surely deserves appreciation both from the veterans as well as by the audience unarguably.

    Another merit of the film is that despite of having few erotic sexual scenes, it doesn't rely on them completely and remains utterly unpredictable in its final hour, resulting in a great emotional suspense drama in the end. Without revealing its basic plot having a great shock value, I would like to add few lines from my short review of the Spanish Original that,

    "The film has something important to share about the hidden inner psyche of a lover in some sudden or extreme situation. To be precise, every lover in the world has this one thought at the back of his or her mind that in case I die this very moment then would he (she) go for another woman (man)at once, will take some time or will never opt for another one in his (her) entire life."

    MURDER 3 also talks about this very question in a lover's life but unfortunately its not able to focus on the same in an impressive manner as they did in its original THE HIDDEN FACE. This emotional part of the script comes into the limelight only in the last 35-40 minutes and by that time the viewer is too tired of waiting for something substantial. But still, since this last half an hour remains too good to watch as per the standards of many recent big projects, so one cannot write off the film just like that and has to appreciate the effort truly following the saying, "All is well that ends well".

    In the musical department, it has few good songs but not any instant hits associated with the brand name of Murder. Raju Singh's background music scores much more than the soundtrack itself as its highly impressive in the sequences revealing the shocking twist. Cinematography is fine capturing the basic essence of the subject and dialogues are just average with nothing path breaking.

    Performances wise MURDER 3 cannot be rated as a strong film since other than Aditi no one rises above the routine level in the lead roles including Randeep Hooda and Sara. Aditi excels in her portrayal of various emotions in the last hour but Sara only looks beautiful giving the same expressions throughout till the end. However the trio of Rajesh Shringarpure, Shekhar Shukla and Bugs Bhargava make their present felt in their small roles.

    Finally, it can easily be said that MURDER 3 definitely rises much above the level of its first two parts in comparison. It has a strong plot driven content with an exclusive shock value for the audience and a brilliant climax. So you can surely go for it this weekend, keeping in mind that the film will actually start post intermission.

  3. Bhatts have been copycats since they started, except for Arth, Saraansh, Daddy and a few films like Naam, most of Bhatt films have been copies. All 3 Murder Installments have been copies, Murder(2004) was a copy of Unfaithful, Murder 2(Korean film CHASER) both did superbly well at the B.O and the first one made a star out of Emraan Hashmi, The Third Installment stars their regular since Jannat 2 Randeep Hooda. This time however there have made a legitimate remake of A Spanish thriller The Hidden Face(2011). The original was a well made thriller which is too bold for Bollywood, so to fit in the Bhatt formula, we have songs, the profession of the lead hero is changed from a orchestra conductor to a Photographer so that the Bhatts can have skimply clad models showing up. That apart nudity compared to the original is on low here. The film focuses more on emotional content rather then sex but sadly the film is a complete copy paste job from the original, even the lines have the same punch, the few things have been changed which don't fit in. The first half builds in slowly like the original, unlike the original we have Aditi's character shown in the first half itself through a flashback. The first half focuses on Randeep and Sara while the second half solves the mystery. The film may seem alien for Bollywood as there is hardly action and the film flows in a relaxed manner. The film however lacks the punch like in most Bollywood remakes of the original, like for instance there are some loopholes, There is a scene showing Randeep with a kerosene can in his car and later the car is blown up and a body is found, but the scene isn't explained till the end The dialogues and the forced songs too do a lot of harm especially the lines which are changed. The climax is similar to the original, albeit a bit modified and leaves scope for a sequel like the original.

    Direction by Vishesh Bhatt is ordinary, most of the film is copied but he does handle some scenes well Music is typical Bhatt style, some songs are hummable

    Randeep Hooda with a new hairstyle gives a decent performance, though the role doesn't demand much from him. Aditi Rao Hyderi is superb in her part, more so in the second half while Sara Loren(perhaps a dubbed voice) seen after the dud Kajra Re(2010) is okay. Rajesh Shringarpure as police officer,Shekhar Shukla and Bugs Bhargava make no much impact.

  4. The Bhatt family is known for ripping off foreign films and making them i am fan of Bhatts myself but murder is one franchise that don't work at all if you take out the music.

    murder 1 2004 & murder 2 2011 worked because of one man his name is Emraan Hashmi i am a huge fan of Hashmi the murder series look great only because of him & his lucky side is his films music pick any film of him the soundtrack is excellent regardless of the story people love Hashmi but unfortunately this 3rd entry in the series fails to impress as plot is taken from la Cara Oculta a Columbian films & bad cast except Randeep Hooda,i still say Randeep looks good in gangsters roles but after Jism 2 2012 disaster this is his second film that goes wrong in every-way.

    the cast Randeep Hooda he was bad in shape only did this for some cash,Aditi Rao Hayderi what can i say about her not a fan but she can act only problem is she get bad scripts but far greater then worst actress in the world Katrina Kaif.and Sara Loren this Pakistani TV actress did Kajraare 2010 which was a flop shes is just passable got wasted here,thanks to some weird intimate scenes shes the next Sunny Leone or Veena Malik

    the story is stolen from the Columbian film it is about a girl stupidity Roshni leaves a message to Vikram that she is leaving him just to see the reaction on his face gets herself locked in a big hidden secret room who was built by some Germans in war era Pre 1940s or after wards.

    now the question is why would any sensible person would do such a thing Roshni was Stupid to do this anyway i don't need to tell the whole thing here because it is waste of time,Bollywood is running out of ideas,even SRK is making weird movies like Ra.one & Chennai Express 2013.bad direction & bad music nothing is worth seeing here.everyone missed Emraan Hashmi here.murder 3 plot is stupid watch original film La Cara Oculta.

    Murder 3 is a solid mess of a movie My Rating Is 1/10.

    this is a 3rd worst film in the series as murder trilogy goes to the grave.,Skipp this film immediately

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