Why the sequel Murder 2?
It's not a sequel. It's a completely new story altogether. When Shagufta (Writer) and I went to the Bhatt sir with the story, he suggested that the murder brand will suit better as the script falls in the same erotic thriller genre.
It's a brand murder and people think it is a sequel so how you differentiate?
We didn't cast Mallika Sherawat, it's more of a series than a sequel.
Was Jacqueline the first choice
Yes she was. Unlike Murder 1 which is the story of the middle aged married women who has a kid, this involves a girl younger than Mallika, so Jacqueline was the first choice obviously.
So you don't find Mallika hot?
I never met her and I found Jacqueline hotter than Mallika.
So how was the experience working with the hot Jacqueline?
It was fun. She has the ability to look stunning and is hard worker. She is someone who gives in a lot of efforts. Contrary to the common belief, she didn't had any language issue and surprisingly she is the one who remembers the dialogues of almost everyone.
Was there any pressure on you while making the film?
Pressure is always there when you make a film. I remember when I made my first film 'Zeher' at the age of 22 people use to pressurize me by saying that this is a very early age to direct a film.
At the time of 'Kalyug' when I launched my sister, there was pressure. And at the time of 'Woh Lamhe' there was pressure as I was making a film on Parveen Babi. But for this sequel there was no pressure as such.
Murder 1 is directed by someone else, was there any pressure directing under the same brand?
Just because someone else directed the first part that doesn't bog you down and pressure help me to perform better and give the best product.
Your films portray Emraan in a different way; tell us about his looks in 'Murder 2'.
Emraan’s character has a blue shade. He deals with mafia, drug trafficking, has a tattooed falling angel in his arm and does anything for money.
You have worked with Emraan what are his strength and weakness as an actor?
Basic thing is that we both are cousins and we started working for this company together so the advantage is that our sensibilities matched and the weakness is that we know each other very well. I don't have to walk towards him to make his understand any small things and he just gets it.
Was it easier for you to shoot love making scenes as Emraan was your actor?
Love making scene is the toughest, please understand. It is the only thing that the director cannot explain and the actor has to do by his own. It's not like the actors are having fun. It's not the way as it is in real life.
Is making grim, thriller movies is your comfort zone, you love horrors…
Emraan and I loved horrors since childhood. During summer holidays, we used to shut all the windows and watch a horror film and scare each other all day. Plus all the horror film used to be for adult viewing so there was a thrill attached to it by watching it without letting anyone else know. At one time I thought Emraan was alien from Omen (Film) and checked his head for the mark also....
Coming to the comfort zone then I would say I am a film maker and I liked to make film for the young audience who love to get thrilled in the theatre.
Your favorite in horror genre.
Your last word on the charges on Plagiarism regarding the posters of Murder 2.
How can you expect someone to come up with purely original? You do see, read and get inspired. That poster is a copy from some Korean ad commercial even they have copied that from someone else.