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ANUJ KUMAR
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Chat As Murder 3 releases this week, actor Randeep Hooda talks about being a part of the thriller series and working with the Bhatts

the rustic charmer Randeep Hooda photo: Shanker Chakravarty
the rustic charmer Randeep Hooda photo: Shanker Chakravarty

Randeep Hooda is emerging as one of the most sought after actors in the industry who is doing films across the banner divide. Be it Karan Johar or Sajid Nadiadwala, this Haryana boy is now part of the big circuit. This week he is leading the charge in Vishesh Bhatt’s Murder 3 , where the Bhatts have opted for Randeep over their favourite Emraan Hashmi.

An official adaptation of the Spanish film La Cara Oculta (‘The Hidden Face’), Randeep says he watched the original before accepting the project. “The basic plot remains the same but song and dance and a little bit of drama has been added. The Murder franchise is known for its good music and we are carrying it forward. It is a film for the masses.”

Cast opposite the talented Aditi Rao Hydari and newcomer Sara Loren, Randeep says the film is trying to say that monogamy is not the one shoe that fits all. “It asks if it is okay to spy on your partner. I mean all that concerns a modern-day couple.” Or one can say all that stuff that happens in a Mahesh Bhatt production! Randeep points out that this is a slightly toned down version as far as the Murder series is concerned. “Unlike the previous two films, this film has got a U/A certificate. I won’t say that there is no bold element but it is aesthetically done.”

This time, Randeep says, he has to let the story take over. “As an actor I always surrender myself to the script.” Randeep was noticed in Sahib Biwi Aur Gangster and Jannat 2 as he completely merged with the mood of the theme. “I enjoyed the experience. Ideally, an actor should be able to play characters of different ethnicities but it depends on how much you have travelled and grasped the traits. I would like to believe that I did a good job of a Mumbai boy in D and now I am again playing a Mumbai boy from lower echelons of the society in Shooter .”

For now, he is gearing up for Karan Johar’s episode that the director is contributing to the film being made to mark 100 years of cinema. “Then I have another Karan production Ungli and soon I will be sharing space with Salman Khan in Kick .”

ANUJ KUMAR

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