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!