After being a part of two successful films of the Murder franchise, the serial kisser-turned-fabulous-actor will not be seen in the third installment of the Bhatt production
Mahesh Bhatt might claim with a hint of arrogance that his forthcoming release Murder 3 will be a success in spite of Emraan Hashmi refusing to be part of the popular franchise, but we have our doubts about this film sans its poster boy. “It (Murder 3) will fly in spite of Emraan, if you believe in this dogma that filmmakers have been haranguing about that ultimately it is the narrative which decides the destiny of a film,” said Mahesh Bhatt in an interview to a daily. The forthcoming mystery will feature Randeep Hooda in the lead role with Sara Loren and the Rockstar famed actor Aditi Rao Hydari.
Bhatt believes that Hooda, who had paired up with Hashmi in Jannat 2, will be the focal point of the film. “I think we have a fine actor who is coming fast into his own called Randeep Hooda. I have never depended on a star kid of any kind in the films that have carved out my career,” asserted the veteran filmmaker.
But one question that is nagging our filmi mind is that why did Emraan Hashmi refuse to be part of the extension that he not only was instrumental in developing but something that also made him a popular face, in the first place. A little bird tells us that Mukesh Bhatt’s son Vishesh Bhatt, who is making his debut as a director with Murder 3, approached Emraan with the script. The latter not only refused it but suggested a few changes too. This caused a rift between the Bhatts and Emraan. Suddenly the Bhatt camp started feeling that Hashmi was acting pricey. So the serial kisser was conveniently replaced by the dishy Hooda. But Mahesh Bhatt on the other hand has a different story to tell. Murder 3 was offered to him (Emraan Hashmi), but he did not want to do it as perhaps it is a woman’s story. Also, it did not cater to his needs of films of an A-lister aspiring to be in the Rs 100 crore club,” reasoned the filmmaker.