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    You have seen the sizzle now see the steak - Mahesh Bhatt

    Friday, July 08, 2011
    On the eve of the release ''Murder2'' Bollywood''s most unconventional filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt chats with IG...

    Murder 2 is not a sequel but another level of Muder 1, so what is that level?

    Murder 2 is a standalone product. This is the age of brand. People trust brands. Evidence from west has proved that it generate 40% of the business with the name itself. The already present product has enlightened the audience and has the impact. On the other hand new product takes time for consumer. Murder2 has the basic essence of Murder 1 - erotica and crime.

    What is the plot of the film?

    Murder 2 is about the relationship, journey of a man who is by choice a corrupt police officer. Now his life undergoes a change when he is given a task by a local pimp who runs a prostitution racket to find out the girl who is a victim of human trafficking. He goes to the depth of the case and what horror he makes up to is the story. It's a saga of a person who chooses to go to the wrong side of law being a police man and how he helps the local pimp in his business and mix various girls life and how he chooses the pleasure industry. It also deals with the pain behind the sex worker eyes and its looks at the contemporary Indian metro cities like Goa, Delhi which is a sex capital of the country. The dangerous situations where the sex workers are exposed.

    Murder 2 deals with the human trafficking...

    Yes, the writer (Shagufta) of the film also brought into the light the theme prostitution in the country. As India is opened the door to global economy and almost become a global culture. The aspiration of getting rich or getting all the luxury so the young generation they don't mind selling themselves to men.

    Your personal experience with police helped you in enhancing the lead actor who plays a police man....

    Police is a part of our society. We have seen both the side of the police. As we have seen them from very near their colour usually comes in our cinema. While writing the script I made my writers to meet the officer as their experience is very refreshing and first hand information gives a such a colour that we can't get it from old films.

    So in what way you have portrayed the police in the film

    Murder 2 is also the apathy of police force towards the higher/rich class and towards common person. The apathy of the police force is monumental. The Nithari case becomes so famous because the people went to the local police but nobody care about the poor man, child or daughter disappearing. So it took a huge tragedy to take the nation that how insensitive is the nation, police force, and the media towards the problem of the poor.

    Was Jacqueline the first choice?

    She was the first and the last choice because there is no way to take Mallika as it's not the extension of Murder 1. Unlike Murder 1 which was the point of view from women this is a man view and the story moves out of the home.

    The promo is quite horrifying... Is Emraan having duel personality in it?

    Emraan has given very matured performance and this is true that he has two personality the soft side and the violent side. Emraan is playing a greedy man. We have created a monster in the film.

    What is this monster is like?

    As said by Hollywood filmmaker whenever you market a film show the sizzle but not the steak, keep the steak as the main dish to consume at Friday (Judgment day). So far you have seen the reaction to the monster but not the monster. In Murder 2 the monster is created which is inspired from the Nithari case. The person who looks like you, talks like you, behaves like you but he brings women or prostitutes lock them and later kill them. The house became like a graveyard. The writer of the film Shagufta said me "let me visit that mind".

    Is Emraan is playing the monster?

    Emraan is a hero in the film. The monster character is played by Prashant. The character of Maharani of the film Sadak which is played by Sadashiv Amrapurkar is recreated. But the character Maharani had good shades but this is a complete monster.

    What is the basic idea of portraying the lead actor with lots of sex appeal?

    The idea is to make Indian cinema sex free. As the Indian film maker feel very ashamed while portraying sex on screen. In old time sex thing was done by only vamps and the lead actress used to just visit temples wear salwar kameez. So somewhere the thinking of 2 types of women are present. From that time till today the Indian cinema has taken a long journey and the changing time has contributed a lot. Now the people frequency is parallel to the world frequency. The shy attitude toward sex is also changed. In our earlier films we have noticed that the so-called purist people who scream that's their part of job but audience go and watch my films. Women have changed in the country. When I went to see Jism in Delhi I have seen the audience was women who was from the rich family, they were unashamed, unembarrassed so India is changing.

    How is the chemistry of Emraan and Jacqueline as you cast them in your next film too?

    Jacqueline is very easy with herself. The modern Indian actor I mean she is Sri Lankan but south Asian. She is very easy with her body like Bipasha and Mallika. Still when they did the sex scene they were called bold, means it's not allowed but they attempt it but Jacqueline she does it easily means she is not conscious for being bold.

    Jacqueline is not taking active participation in the promotion...

    She is a very nice girl. For this reason my production house has to be blamed. They didn't co-ordinated with her as now she is busy doing shoot for other film in London

    What inspires you to do work on such unique subjects?

    It's our writer who brings the taste of life to our office. We are open to new people and talent and we maximum works with new people. Whenever we have presented anything bold we have faced opposition but we stood and whenever we have made film with courage it has succeed.


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