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“Raaz3” Movie review- Watch it for its 3Deffects..thats it!!

Director: Vikram Bhatt ; Genre: Horror; Starring:Bipasha Basu, Emraan Hashmi, Esha Gupta

Murder-Murder2, Jism-Jism2, Raaz-Raaz2 and now Raaz3. It seems the Bhatts have mastered the art of churning out sequels to each and every film of their stable.And the consistent success of their flicks have garnered fruitful propositions for them, safely categorizing Vishesh Films as a sequel making factory!

In a recent interview done during the promotions of Raaz3, director Vikram Bhatt has declared that he has proficient scripts to charter his Raaz franchise  till Raaz20!And going by his predilection in experimenting with horror genre ( Raaz franchise, Shaapit, 1920, Haunted, Dangerous Ishq!), his wishlist looks probably to be true.. Raaz3 has been in news off late due to several reasons- Bipasha Basu’s much touted comeback( the actress has been going through a lean phase off late), Emraan Hashmi (the actor has been churning gold at box office), and the anticipation built by Raaz franchise ( Raaz and Raaz2 being humongous box office hits). So  the big question now. Does Raaz3 satiate the audience ?- Yes and No!

Weaving out a horror tale, intertwined with an engrossing humane tale, complex characters, generous smattering of sensuality/sex  and disturbing emotions-this  has been the forte of the Bhatts. Added to it, chilling horror effects, and you end up having a winner on your plate. Raaz 3 does promise of an extremely relevant premise, something which the entertainment industry will completely relate to. But where it falters is its predictability , inconsistent script and an absolutely absurd second half.

The story revolves around the insecurity and jealousy of a fading superstar Shanaya (Bipasha), who is uprooted from her  superstar throne by an  upcoming and successful  newcomer Sanjana ( Esha Gupta).  Completely rattled with resentment, Shanaya resorts to Kaala Jaadu ( Black Magic), and aiding her in this mission of sorts is her lover cum  successful director Aditya ( Emraan). Thus starts a tale of vendetta and a fight of Good versus Evil. 

The movies begins with a promise, and the first half has several engaging moments. Bipashas tearing expression when she loses at the award function, the confrontation between Emraan and Bipasha at the pre interval portion , Bipasha’s chilling encounter with the spirit and the horror quotient does lay  a foundation of an interesting second half. But the film miserably slides down, and reaches to exhaustion level till its culmination. It gets mired into a quagmire of banal platitudes , pertaining to Aatmas and spirit world, and nosedives into the routine cliches of aatmas, and good vs evil fight.  Sensibilities are seriously tested at several instances, specially in  the climax of the film where God comes to rescue to our hero,   imminently reminding  you of  Vikram Bhatts previous horror flicks (1920, Haunted, Shaapit), clearly indicating that he himself ran out of idea while making this film .

The entire movie is clubbed with some absurd and preposterous dialogues :”If you love me, you can be stupid for me“,”Bachcha aur kutta sirf pyaar ka bhooka hota hai, aur mere dad ne mujhe sirf mere hisse ka pyaar diya hai‘,Ek zinda aurat ek zinda mard ke saath kya karti hai, wohi karegi  tu“- guess if this wouldnt have been a Vishesh Films Production, we could have taken it as any other  Ramsay Brother television episode!

Giving Vikram his due, there are some genuine scary moments, with 3dimensional effects rendering it the  much profound platform. Noteworthy scenes include multiplying flying cockroaches and the scene where Esha Gupta witnesses the murder of her maid- innovative and impressive. The sensual scenes have been directed well, but to be honest, looks forced .  Musically, Raaz3 doesnt stand any near to its prequels, though Rafta Rafta is hummable .

Performance wise, the movie clearly belongs to our Bengali bombshell Bipasha. Portraying a dark character with one dimensional shades of jealousy and vendetta, she delivers an impressive performance, not to forget her looks, as she is stunning in every frame. Esha Gupta is strictly ok, though she does shows promise in some scenes- especially the scene where she is attacked by flying cockroaches. Emraan Hashmi wears the same expression throughout- lost and confused. As a lover torn between two actresses, he has nothing new to offer in terms of his character. Supporting characters of Tara Dutt , Manish Chaudhari and Mohan Kapur do justice to their role.

Raaz and Raaz 2 had a genuine tale to narrate , but Raaz3 is an old wine in a new bottle,  an ardent example of languid film making. Guess Vikram Bhatt should seriously  rethink his plans of continuing this franchise till Raaz20, because our tolerance levels have been completely tested in this one!

Watch it out for: Bipasha Basu and some genuinely scary moments…Else, avoid it!

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‘Raaz3’ Movie trailer- Screamingly Dark, but predictable!

To be candid, for me,  its hard to ignore a Vikram  Bhatt movie.The man’s  strong predilection towards the horror genre has made him churn out some passable flicks in recent times ( Raaz,1920, Shapith, Haunted ). After a dismal  outing with past life regression concept ( Dangerous Ishqq), he explores the intellection  of Black Magic with his upcoming flick Raaz3, and going by the first look of the trailer, we are in for another high pitched howling experience.

So we have Bipasha , Emraan, and newbie Esha Gupta , characterised in dark and disturbed shades,boasting the typical Bhatt trademark-  shrieks, screams, hands  coming out of the mirror, unknown and scary faces coming out of nowhere , dead bodies, sexually steaming scenes. And the trailer concludes with the name Sanjana screeching out from a screen to Esha Gupta, reminiscent of a pivotal character of the first installment of Raaz
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The first snippet of Raaz3 looks good, but somehow i found it to be extremely predictable.  Vikram Bhatt is undoubtedly a  competent director, since he has explored the horror genre in a way no other Indian Director has ever attempted . But Raaz3 vaunts a look which we have already seen earlier in his movies- grim, dark and mundane.

The stand out point is Bipasha Basu, without an iota of doubt. She looks fresh and dazzlingly hot, and promises to reprise her noticeable performance in Raaz. Emraan looks his usual self, with a casual demeanour he has gained immense expertise in. Esha Gupta carries the same expression she dealt with in her debut movie Jannat 2. The movie does promise of some interesting 3D special effects, a factor which considerably worked in Bhatts previous movie “Haunted

Raaz3 is one of the most anticipated movies of this year, and hopefully, the movie will live up to its expectations, unlike its trailer ( may be, my expectations were too much from the trailer itself!!:)

Watch it out for: Bipasha Basu in a smoking hot avatar, and a promise of some engaging 3D screaming effects!!!