'Murder 3' First Stills: Will the Bhatt magic work without Emraan Hashmi?

Movies | | January 8, 2013, 11:43 am
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Mukehsh Bhatt co-owns Vishesh Films with his brother Mahesh Bhatt and the banner launched actors like Rohit Roy, Anu Aggarwal and John Abraham.

Mukehsh Bhatt co-owns Vishesh Films with his brother Mahesh Bhatt and the banner launched actors like Rohit Roy, Anu Aggarwal and John Abraham.

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Be it 'Risk' or be it 'OUATIM', Hooda grabbed every chance with both hands but the industry kept overlooking his talent.

Be it 'Risk' or be it 'OUATIM', Hooda grabbed every chance with both hands but the industry kept overlooking his talent.

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Filmmaker Mukesh Bhatt's son Vishesh, who is making his directorial debut with 'Murder 3', says the audience will not miss actor Emraan Hashmi this time, as Randeep Hooda fits the bill perfectly for the third installment of the franchise.

Filmmaker Mukesh Bhatt's son Vishesh, who is making his directorial debut with 'Murder 3', says the audience will not miss actor Emraan Hashmi this time, as Randeep Hooda fits the bill perfectly for the third installment of the franchise.

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The franchise began in 2004 with 'Murder' directed by Anurag Basu starring Hashmi and Mallika Sherawat in the lead.

The franchise began in 2004 with 'Murder' directed by Anurag Basu starring Hashmi and Mallika Sherawat in the lead.

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Actress Aditi Rao Hydari, who was last seen in 'London, Paris, New York' with Ali Zafar, has also been roped in to be part of Akshay Kumar-starrer 'Boss'.

Actress Aditi Rao Hydari, who was last seen in 'London, Paris, New York' with Ali Zafar, has also been roped in to be part of Akshay Kumar-starrer 'Boss'.

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Bhatt camp's popular franchise 'Murder' series is back. But this time instead of Emraan Hashmi, the films, leading hero is Randeep Hooda.

Bhatt camp's popular franchise 'Murder' series is back. But this time instead of Emraan Hashmi, the films, leading hero is Randeep Hooda.

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Pakistani actress Sara Loren who was earlier known as Mona Lizza makes her debut in the film .

Pakistani actress Sara Loren who was earlier known as Mona Lizza makes her debut in the film .

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Aditi Rao Hydari, last seen in 'London Paris New York' plays Randeep Hooda's girlfriend in the film.

Aditi Rao Hydari, last seen in 'London Paris New York' plays Randeep Hooda's girlfriend in the film.

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The film has been been directed by Vishesh Bhatt. A still from the film featuring Randeep Hooda and Sara Loren.

The film has been been directed by Vishesh Bhatt. A still from the film featuring Randeep Hooda and Sara Loren.

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Aditi Rao Hydari, who is known for her girl-next-door roles, will be seen in a bold avatar in 'Murder 3'.

Aditi Rao Hydari, who is known for her girl-next-door roles, will be seen in a bold avatar in 'Murder 3'.

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Like the previous films of the 'Murder' franchise, this one too has some bold content. Sara Loren in a still from the film.

Like the previous films of the 'Murder' franchise, this one too has some bold content. Sara Loren in a still from the film.

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Randeep Hooda plays a fashion photographer who has been accused of his girlfriend's murder.

Randeep Hooda plays a fashion photographer who has been accused of his girlfriend's murder.

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A still from the film.

A still from the film.

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Aditi Rao Hydari is best remembered for her role in 'Rockstar' and 'Delhi 6'.

Aditi Rao Hydari is best remembered for her role in 'Rockstar' and 'Delhi 6'.

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The Bhatt's have always presented their women in a sensual manner. The two leading ladies look gorgeous in the trailer.

The Bhatt's have always presented their women in a sensual manner. The two leading ladies look gorgeous in the trailer.

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The film also stars TV actor Rajesh Shringarpure who plays a cop investigating a murder.

The film also stars TV actor Rajesh Shringarpure who plays a cop investigating a murder.

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The film's music has been composed by Pritam. The film will be released on February 15, 2013.

The film's music has been composed by Pritam. The film will be released on February 15, 2013.

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Sara Loren was earlier seen in Himesh Reshamiya starrer 'Kajraare' which was directed by Pooja Bhatt.

Sara Loren was earlier seen in Himesh Reshamiya starrer 'Kajraare' which was directed by Pooja Bhatt.

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Randeep Hooda in a still from the film.

Randeep Hooda in a still from the film.

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Then in 2011 came 'Murder 2' again with Hashmi but with Mohit Suri as the director and Jacqueline Fernandez playing the love interest.

Then in 2011 came 'Murder 2' again with Hashmi but with Mohit Suri as the director and Jacqueline Fernandez playing the love interest.

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Now in 'Murder 3' Randeep Hooda has replaced Hashmi, and Aditi Rao Hydari will be playing the leading lady alongside Pakistani actress Mona Lizza.

Now in 'Murder 3' Randeep Hooda has replaced Hashmi, and Aditi Rao Hydari will be playing the leading lady alongside Pakistani actress Mona Lizza.

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Randeep Hooda is probably one of the more under-rated actors in Bollywood. He keeps coming up with good performances, but producers are still reluctant to feature him in the lead role.

Randeep Hooda is probably one of the more under-rated actors in Bollywood. He keeps coming up with good performances, but producers are still reluctant to feature him in the lead role.

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His last two films, 'Jism 2' and 'Heroine' saw him giving scintillating performances, in fact, he emerged as the real force behind these two films.

His last two films, 'Jism 2' and 'Heroine' saw him giving scintillating performances, in fact, he emerged as the real force behind these two films.

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'Jism 2' was not a well crafted film and it was flawed in almost every department sans music and camera department, but Hooda made his presence felt.

'Jism 2' was not a well crafted film and it was flawed in almost every department sans music and camera department, but Hooda made his presence felt.

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He is normally known for playing intense roles and he is doing this since 'D', his first film as hero.

He is normally known for playing intense roles and he is doing this since 'D', his first film as hero.

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Bhatt said 'Murder 3' was as important for them as 'Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge' was for Yash Raj Films or 'Maine Pyar Kiya' was for Rajshri.

Bhatt said 'Murder 3' was as important for them as 'Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge' was for Yash Raj Films or 'Maine Pyar Kiya' was for Rajshri.

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Unlike 'Murder' and 'Murder 2', 'Murder 3' will not be an erotic film but will have sensuality, said Bhatt.

Unlike 'Murder' and 'Murder 2', 'Murder 3' will not be an erotic film but will have sensuality, said Bhatt.

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This is Aditi's first film with the Bhatts. while Randeep has worked with Vishesh Films in the past in films like 'Jannat' and 'Jism 3'.

This is Aditi's first film with the Bhatts. while Randeep has worked with Vishesh Films in the past in films like 'Jannat' and 'Jism 3'.

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'Murder 3' has a lot of hope pinned on these three actors and it remains to be seen if they pull it off for the Bhatts again.

'Murder 3' has a lot of hope pinned on these three actors and it remains to be seen if they pull it off for the Bhatts again.

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So far, Aditi has played the female lead in a light-hearted comedy. It remains to be seen whether she fits into the intensity that is an intrinsic part of Bhatt films.

So far, Aditi has played the female lead in a light-hearted comedy. It remains to be seen whether she fits into the intensity that is an intrinsic part of Bhatt films.

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The first look of 'Murder 3' was startlingly similar to the poster of the horror comedy 'Jennifer's Body' starring Megan Fox and Amanda Seyfried. Both posters feature blood oozing from a pair of luscious red lips. This is a still from the film.

The first look of 'Murder 3' was startlingly similar to the poster of the horror comedy 'Jennifer's Body' starring Megan Fox and Amanda Seyfried. Both posters feature blood oozing from a pair of luscious red lips. This is a still from the film.