Murder 2 is a 2011 Indian Hindi-language psychological thriller film and the second installment in the Murder film series. A quasi-sequel to the 2004 film, Murder, it stars Emraan Hashmi, Jacqueline Fernandez and Prashant Narayanan, and features Sulagna Panigrahi as a debutant. Directed by Mohit Suri and produced by Mukesh Bhatt, the film released on 8 July 2011. The theatrical trailer of the film was revealed on 1 June 2011 and also in cinemas with Ready. It is one of the highest grossing Bollywood films of 2011. The film is alleged to be based on the 2008 South Korean film The Chaser, though Bhatt denied this and said that it was inspired from the 2006 Nithari killings in Noida.
Arjun Bhagwat (Emraan Hashmi) is a money-hungry ex-police officer involved in committing crimes. An atheist, he regularly visits the church to donate money to orphans. At the church, he comes into contact with Priya (Jacqueline Fernandez), a model. Arjun seems to kiss her initially without her consent, but she later gives in and both of them end up at her home. There they end up stripping each other and passionately smooching. Priya eventually opens her bra and tries to tease Arjun. Arjun ends up opening her shorts and devours her with animal-like hunger, and sex is implied (offscreen) both of them eventually end up climaxing and Priya reveals to harbor romantic feelings for Arjun. However, Arjun only lusts after Priya’s marvelous body and asks her to find someone else if she wants love, as Arjun can only have a no-strings attached relationship, and nothing else.
Arjun makes a deal with a gangster and pimp, Sameer (Shekhar Shukla), to solve the mystery of unexplained disappearance of his prostitutes. While investigating, Arjun finds a phone number linked to the missing girls. He tells Sameer to send a prostitute to that number. Sameer decides to send Reshma (Sulagna Panigrahi), a college newcomer in the business, who has chosen this work to feed her family, but keeps this a secret from them. Reshma is sent to Dheeraj Pandey’s house (Prashant Narayanan), who is actually a psychopathic murderer responsible for torturing and killing the missing hookers. He decides to do the same with Reshma and throws her in a dark well, with the intention of torturing her till she dies.
Arjun discovers that Dheeraj is the murderer and informs the police. While Dheeraj is held in jail, the commissioner calls a psychiatrist to extract his confession. Dheeraj tells the doctor that he kills women because he thinks they take advantage of men. He also reveals that he castrated himself and became a eunuch to get rid of his sex addiction, with the help of a fellow eunuch and a big-shot politician, Nirmala Pandit. Dheeraj is eventually released under Nirmala Pandit’s influence. Meanwhile, Reshma escapes from the well and tries to find her way out through the forest.
Arjun meets Dheeraj’s family, and they reveal that Dheeraj used to beat his wife. Up next, he meets a private dancer, Sonia, who was also tortured by Dheeraj but managed to escape. Arjun then meets an idol-maker who used to work with Dheeraj. The maker tells him that Dheeraj used to make idols of devils instead of deities and killed the factory-owner who tried to stop him. Inspector Sadaa (Sudhanshu Pandey) informs Arjun that Dheeraj is free, and the police try to track him down as quickly as possible. Nirmala and Dheeraj enter the same temple where Reshma is hiding. Nirmala and the priest, who had both been unaware of Dheeraj’s true nature, are killed by Dheeraj, but not before the priest reveals that Reshma is also there. Dheeraj finds the terrified Reshma and brutally murders her, escaping just before Arjun and the cops arrive. Arjun finds Reshma’s body and breaks down, feeling guilty and responsible for her death.
Dheeraj targets Priya next whom he calls for a photoshoot and tries to torture, but Arjun saves her, engaging Dheeraj in a fight as police officers show up. They request Arjun not to kill Dheeraj. Dheeraj then plays the tape he recorded when he was torturing Reshma. Hearing Reshma’s pleading cries, Arjun, tormented by her death and blaming himself for it, furiously kills Dheeraj, ending his reign of terror once and for all. As the film ends, Arjun visits a church with Priya, implying that he had faith in God and Priya’s near death has made him realize his love for her.
Actor(s) Role Description
Emraan Hashmi Arjun Bhagawat An ex-police officer turned criminal, who is an atheist and is in a casual relationship with a model, Priya. He tries his best to search for and protect the missing hookers including Reshma
Jacqueline Fernandez Priya A pretty but lonely model, who is in a passionate but confused relationship with Arjun
Prashant Narayanan Dheeraj Pandey A misogynistic crossdressing eunuch and psychopathic serial killer who pretends to be a customer, calls the hookers and murders them
Sulagna Panigrahi Reshma A young, poor, college girl, who enters prostitution to feed her family. She is later killed by Dheeraj Pandey
Sudhanshu Pandey Inspector Sadaa An inspector and a friend of Arjun, who helps him to save the missing hookers
Sandeep Sikand Nirmala Pandit A trans women who used to be Dheeraj’s mentor and is killed by him
Bikramjeet Kanwarpal Commissioner Ahmed Khan A commissioner who tries to solve the murder case
Shweta Kawatra Psychiatrist Dr. Sania (Special Appearance)
Amardeep Jha Reshma’s mother Cameo
Abhijit Lahiri Dheeraj Pandey’s father Cameo
Jhuma Biswas Hostel Warden Cameo
Santosh Sahu Male Prostitute Raped twice
Yana Gupta Jyoti Special Appearance in song “Aa Zara”, also a victim of Dheeraj Pandey