Actor Aditi Rao Hydari, who is a part of the latest installment of the Murder franchise, says the movie goes beyond erotica and boasts a great storyline.
“This particular film is about relationships. There is love, lust and sex in [all] relationships...that is natural. So, there is that element. Murder 3 is far beyond these things...it is not only about erotica. It is a fantastic story,” the 34-year-old said in an interview on Wednesday.
Aditi is also all praise for first-time director Vishesh Bhatt, son of veteran filmmaker Mukesh Bhatt.
“Vishesh handled this film amazingly. It is his first film. He studies in New York and had a very clear idea about what he wants,” said the actor, who has previously been seen in films like Rockstar and London, Paris, New York.
Murder 3, releasing February 15, also stars Randeep Hooda and our very own Sara Loren.
No pressure for Randeep
Randeep Hooda hopes to strike a lottery with Murder 3 as the previous two films of the franchise did well. But the actor admits he is not under any pressure either.
“It is my good luck that this film is titled Murder 3 because the first two films were very successful and I would also want to strike a lottery with this one. [But] more than that, I don’t have any expectations or pressure,” the 36-year-old said on Wednesday in an interview.
He asserts the pressure is only on the film-makers.
“They [Bhatts] titled it Murder 3 and the pressure is on them. I have done my work and it is over,” Randeep said.
Murder 3 is the third film of the franchise, which began with the 2004 film, which starred Mallika Sherawat and Emraan Hashmi. The second instalment, featuring Emraan opposite Jacqueline Fernandes, released in 2011.
Known for its sensual scenes and romantic-thriller plot, the franchise often gets labeled as a movie that is objectifying women. But at a recent press conference, film-maker Mahesh Bhatt, whose production house has churned out bold films like Murder and Jannat, has slammed those who blame his kind of cinema for crimes against women, and has dared anyone to pinpoint any of his films where the woman was commodified.
“I personally feel that if you just go through the body of my work, I have never, never looked at a woman as a commodity. I dare anybody to pick any film of mine and say that here the woman was a commodity,” the 63-year-old said.
Published in The Express Tribune, February 1st, 2013.
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