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Raaz 3  (2012 - Hindi)

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  • This ‘Raaz’ is more of a Hoax

    Raaz 3 rating: 5 out of 10(Divya Solgama wrote on 07 Sep 2012)

    The Bhatt brothers ventured in Horror films in the early 90s with Rahul Roy Starrer ‘Junoon’, starring several A-Grade actors, fantastic Sp. Effects and melodious music by Nadeem-Shravan. The experiment did’nt work since the 80s’ horror-standards were massier and B-grade. The Bhatts however never gave up and made a staggering comeback in this genre with Raaz (2002), starring relatively new actors and this time handed over the director’s cap to Vikram Bhatt along with fantastic music and total A-Grade production values. The result was overwhelming and achieved a milestone in Indian Horror films, after which many more film makers made Horror films with known actors and good production values. Sadly this association parted their own ways and Bhatt brothers made ‘Raaz 2’ with another director from their camp, which too met a decent response, but not at par with its predecessor. Thus finally the Bhatt Brothers joined hands again with Vikram Bhatt to make ‘Raaz 3’ with both main actors from their earlier parts {Bipasha & Emraan}. So let’s find out whether they will be able to create the magic again or might just be another gimmick to cash in over the salability of their hit films.

    ‘Raaz 3’ tells the story of a Superstar Shanaya Shekhar {Bipasha Basu} whose career is going through a really lean phase, coinciding with the rise of a young and upcoming actress Sanjana {Esha Gupta}. This leads to jealousy and depression, leaving Shanaya with no choice but to resort to black magic. She is introduced to a soul Taradutt {Manish Chaudhri} who decides to help her by giving her water which if given to Sanjana will keep troubling her. Shanaya in turn manipulates her boyfriend/director Aaditya {Emraan Hashmi} to help her in her plan. What happens next is what the entire film about.

    Going by the standards of regular Horror-flicks, Raaz 3 at least has a different story to offer. Even the screenplay, working with a combination of Love-triangle, Drama & Horror, has several new moments to offer. Out of these plot devices, the Love angle fails miserably, the Dramatic portions work in bits and pieces, but it’s the Horror element that pushes all the right buttons and keeps you glued to your seats. The moment the narrative is done with establishing its plot and gets to the main point, We have some great sequences to enjoy like Esha trapped in studio, followed by the Clown attack, The Priest helping Esha in graveyard, the Cockroach attack scene and some moments in the climax is total worthy. These scenes work very well thanks due to their nicely-done 3D Effects. The Cockroach attack scene especially is a treat for all 3D Horror movie lovers.
    And yet, it would not be denied that the movie highly fails on the logic department, making no attempt what-so-ever to make sense. First of all, why is it that all Bhatt films always choose to begin with a flashback-device and that too by revealing its central suspense element at the very outset. As compared to the earlier two ‘Raaz’ films, this one really falls short in this context, for ‘Raaz 3’ has no big secret to hold on to, making the entire narrative very predictable rather than having the audience on the edge. And then, there are several loose ends dangling around. For instance, one cannot digest how Bipasha so easily enters the world of Spirits and most important, why do they agree to help her in such a self-centered motive? The whole Emraan Hashmi helping Bipasha was totally unconvincing as well, as well as Emraan’s growing feelings for Esha. And then of course, there’s the proverbial ‘curse of the second half’ working here, as nothing much post-interval holds our attention, except the superb Cockroach attack scene. Editing could’ve been crisper especially in the second half. To make it worse, Emraan Hashmi and Esha Gupta can’t stop hamming their scenes throughout.

    Camera work is of top notch and has utilized 3D to the maximum {Special mention for the Cockroach scene where you can literary feel them fly in your face). The horror scenes, as mentioned earlier, fully work thanks to the 3D-effects. However, that also leads one to muse about how the 2D-audience respond to the film, since there is very little else in the film to savour, besides Bipasha’s inspired performance & these handful (and effective, never-the-less) of horror moments. Also, the first two ‘Raaz’ franchise-products had sensational music but out here, except ‘Deewana’ rest all songs {Khayalo, Rafta, Marhaba, Etc} were plainly average. Background music is superb.

    Vikram Bhatt has been improving with every film of his, especially in the 3D part. Out here it’s his 3D part and his main forte Horror genre he excels out. But with so many films to one’s credits comes expectations and that’s where Vikram Bhatt falls short, since the film is not at par with the earlier parts and has even lesser in terms of horror content. The Drama and Love Story angles hamper the flow of the film, especially in the second half where at some point the film just drags on and on. Still, for these few Horror effects all these mistakes are forfeited and we expect to see a much better product next time.

    Bipasha Basu is superb in this negative role. She slips inside the character and does full justice to her part. Emraan Hashmi looks lost and did not perform as per his credentials. Esha Gupta hammed in loads of scenes and failed to leave an impact. Manish Chaudhri and Mohan Kapoor are strictly average.

    So bol meri ‘Filmi Khopdi’ iss film mein kitna hain Dum ?

    Dum hai when it comes to Horror part, which especially work in 3D. But besides that, there are loads of loopholes and unconvincing scenes. Vikram Bhatt manages to add his expertise in the Horror part, but the typical Bhatt drama and Love story ruins this ‘Raaz’. Still, this is definitely worth a watch for all those who love the genre of Horror-flicks. Also, Bipasha’s fans will love her in this new avatar of hers. However, for the rest of us, this ‘Raaz’ is more of a Hoax.

    Ratings : 2.5/5

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