Mumbai: The third film of the `Murder` series has got a U/A certificate as debutant director Vishesh Bhatt has focused more on storyline rather than bold content.
`Murder`, a 2004 erotic thriller directed by Anurag Basu starring Emraan Hashmi, Mallika Sherawat and Ashmit Patel in lead was a huge hit at the box office.
In 2011 came `Murder 2`, directed by Mohit Suri and starring Emraan and Jacqueline Fernandez in the lead.
Both the films had got an `A` certificate from the Indian Censor Board for its erotic subject and content.
"I feel bold necessarily does not mean sensual or sexual content. It means being bold on various counts like showing dramatic content, relevant and hard hitting topics. At Vishesh Films, we are not apologetic of what we are making," Vishesh said.
Now that the Bhatt camp is back with `Murder 3`, its director Vishesh, son of producer Mukesh Bhatt, clears the air over the Censor certificate of the film.
"My intention is to have a good story. We have come up clean in the third instalment of the series. We have got U/A certificate and it is for the first time that a film in `Murder` series has got it from Censor Board," he said.
"I am happy that the Censor Board saw my point of view and understood that I am trying to convey a good story," he said.
When asked if it was a conscious decision to reduce bold
content in `Murder 3`, the director said, "I did not deliberately set out to increase or decrease bold content in `Murder 3`. Whatever was required in the story, script we have just put that out in the film."
"I am not someone who would follow the trend and do things. I think people look for pleasant surprises when they watch a film," he said.
Starring Randeep Hooda, Aditi Rao Hydari and Pakistani actress Mona Lizza, `Murder 3` releases on February 15.
Vishesh insists he would not venture with other production houses.
"I don`t feel the need to go outside Vishesh Films. As long as my story is getting told the way I want, I would be here (Vishesh Films) only. We at Bhatt camp have given a chance to many newcomers, given them the scope to perform. They have performed and done well," he said.
"I think why Emraan Hashmi, Mohit Suri, Bipasha Basu and others worked outside Bhatt camp was because of different reasons like - more money, creative satisfaction, etc," he said.
First Published: Sunday, February 10, 2013, 11:45