Murder is a 2004 Indian Hindi erotic romantic thriller film, directed by Anurag Basu and produced by Mukesh Bhatt. It is the first installment in the Murder film series. It stars Emraan Hashmi, Ashmit Patel and Mallika Sherawat in the lead roles and is set in Bangkok, Thailand. This film is based on the 2002 American film Unfaithful, which itself was inspired by the French film The Unfaithful Wife (1969).
Murder released on 2 April 2004 and, despite receiving mixed reviews from critics, managed to become a highly successful venture at the box office, earning a “super hit” status from Box Office India. The film was a huge breakthrough for its lead actors, particularly Hashmi and Sherawat. It received an A certificate from the Indian Censor Board for its erotic subject and scenes. The film was remade in Kannada as Ganda Hendathi (2006).
Simran Sehgal (Mallika Sherawat) is a young woman married to Sudhir (Ashmit Patel), a workaholic who was previously married to Simran’s elder now deceased sister, Sonia. Simran only married Sudhir in order to give motherly love to Sudhir and Sonia’s son. She leads an unhappy, lonely and passionless married life. After accidentally meeting her former flame, Sunny (Emraan Hashmi), she decides to engage in an affair with him. The affair starts to consume her life and Simran finds herself constantly lying to her husband and neglecting her motherly duties. After some time, she decides to end the relationship, but to her surprise, she finds that Sunny has also been simultaneously seeing another woman named Radhika. She regrets her unfaithful act and tries to cut all ties with Sunny.
Meanwhile, Sudhir has started to have doubts about his wife, and hires a detective to trace Simran’s whereabouts. The detective is able to provide Sudhir with pictures of Sunny and Simran having sex and sleeping together. He tells Sudhir that Sunny is a serial womanizer with many former girlfriends.