Raaz is a film that talks about insecurities and jealousy's in an actresses life. Shanaya (Bipasha) stops believing in God when she loses out on a ...
Raaz is a film that talks about insecurities and jealousy's in an actresses life. Shanaya (Bipasha) stops believing in God when she loses out on a popular award for the best heroine and starts worshiping the devil. Then begins a journey of good vs evil.
Black magic as a topic is very well illustrated in the film and makes even non believers take notice of it. The mythological reference to God and how evil destroys you eventually after initial gain is well driven home.
The two scenes that stand out in this horror thriller is the Maids death scene and Esha Gupta attacked by bugs scene( 3d is well used).
The music which is always a highlight of Bhatt Emraan films disaappoints. Plus the songs in the second half start appearing quite randomly.
Excellent performance by Bipasha Basu, as she almost plays the hero & heroine. Esha(Sanjana) is good but gets overshadowed by Bipasha.
All said and done, a decent effort by Vikram Bhatt that is a timepass watch. Check it out if you're bored.
joh ek zinda aurat ek zinda mard ke saath karti hai, tumhe woh mere saath karna hoga. Bardasht kar paogi? The ghost tells Bipasha Basu before havin...
joh ek zinda aurat ek zinda mard ke saath karti hai, tumhe woh mere saath karna hoga. Bardasht kar paogi? The ghost tells Bipasha Basu before having sex with her. This scene alone deserves a movie ticket and proves yet again why most of our Hindi horror movies turn out to be comedy-scare fests.
Raaz 3 has Shanaya (Bipasha Basu) as a fading superstar and Sanjana (Esha Gupta) as the newbie who is on the way to topple her stardom. One award night in spite of an astrologers confidence that she will win the award she loses out to Sanjana. This makes her give up on God and she crosses over to the dark side thanks to a friendly ghost who uses black magic to make life hell for Sanjana. Shanayas reluctant partner in crime is her director/boyfriend Aditya (Emraan Hashmi).
When the film ended I could not understand if it was trying to be a drama or a scary flick. The script is just like the ghost shown in the film who is stuck in a world between earth and the world beyond. In fact by the end of the film I thought it was the story of the ghost wanting to nail Bipasha so he creates this entire situation in her life. To be fair some of the scares are good especially the one featuring flies coming out from the wash basin. The good old 3D effect of things flying in front of your eyes was best used in this scene.
The film moves from not bad to am I watching a horror film to did I land up in a Ramsay film. Only if the film had stuck to being a horror film, I would have liked it even though it was the cheesy kind but this felt like watching two different films mixed together. Emraan Hashmi is used like a yo yo swinging between Bipasha and Esha. Esha tries her best to do the scared/ disturbed/ tortured routine but doesnt come across too convincing. Bipasha gets her meatiest role in a long time and she gives it her best shot considering her limited talent. Horror still remains a genre yet to be cracked and re-invented in India and with Vikram Bhatts another attempt at it he is still way behind in achieving that.
Word of mouth Not as good as 1920 but not at as bad as Haunted and Dangerous Ishq. Raaz 3 like its ghost is stuck somewhere in between.
Raaz 3 relies on jump scares and those are the worst kind. Worst not because they scare you, but because they go well with a term popularly known a...
Raaz 3 relies on jump scares and those are the worst kind. Worst not because they scare you, but because they go well with a term popularly known as "cheap thrills". The 3D is absolutely terrible; especially one sequence where cockroaches swarm the screen and you can see this technology being used in all its gimmicky disgrace. Although, there is one scene where large amounts of trash hurls towards the screen. This made complete sense within the context of what we were watching. If your standards of horror are low and literally anything scares you, Raaz 3 can be sufficiently scary. If you look past the unintentional humor, that is.
The film is set in the big bad world of Bollywood. The film industry, apparently, comprises of only 3 people here, a director and two actresses. Shanaya Shekhar (Bipasha Basu) is the reigning Bollywood queen. She believes in God and is supremely confident that she will win Best Actress at an awards ceremony (there is apparently a connection between the two, bear with me for 3 more sentences). She even gets up from her seat long before her name is announced. But when Aditya Arora (Emraan Hashmi) announces Sanjanas name, her world turns upside down. She stops believing in God. 5 seconds later, she chooses the dark path and intends to destroy Sanjana. The representation of good and evil is not just black and white but unbelievably simplistic.
Shanaya hatches a plan after making a deal with a demon (The demon is called Tara Dutt) (That's like so cool). Since she is sleeping with Aditya, she uses him to do the dirty work. There are dialogues like "If you love me, you can be stupid for me".Not like she minds getting her hands dirty and doesn't take too much time to become the big bad bitch. The rest of the film is a bizarre concoction of several horror films (from Ramsay to Insidious)
The original Raaz was, in fact deeply unoriginal too, as it shamelessly lifted What Lies Beneath (2000). The only thing this film has in common with its absconding parent is the echo of the name: Sanjana. Despite not being the best horror film, that film did well in 2002 as it managed to create good atmosphere. Those are the kind of horror movies I find tasty, the ones that engulf you in the creepy atmosphere and chill your spine instead of jolting you out of nowhere.
Esha Gupta plays Sanjana who offers a grammatically awesome "Whiskey on rocks" to her guests. There is an X-Ray pocket to remind us of the impending doom (Thank you Vikram. You savior, you). A tantric, like a good host, instead of saying feel comfortable says something like: "Aap inn kabaron ke beech mein baith jaiye". After a horrifying encounter, which involves a gory beheading, they start doing what every normal human being must do - make out! But the biggest WTF moment comes when Aditya is finally telling Sanjana the big secret and suddenly a song starts playing in the background. For about 15 seconds she has her ears covered and we hear a song. This is gold if you want to learn how to screw up a good cinematic device.
I absolutely love horror films. Even the campy ones from Horror of Dracula (1958) to Drag Me to Hell (2009). Vikram Bhatt should be my favorite director in Bollywood today but he is most definitely not. Every time I go for a film of his, I come out wearing an expression on my face that only a Twilight film could vex me with. Albeit, I do want to applaud the film for showing a bit of reality. People working in the movies definitely need to be better people than this.
One final message to all filmmakers working in our country: Alfred Hitchcock did not just make Psycho. He is NOT a horror film director. Suspense/ mystery/ thriller were the genres he mainly specialized in, horror came as a bi-product. Try James Whale, Roman Polanski, Jacques Tourneur, Dario Argento and David Cronenberg. Okay fine, just try John Carpenter, George Romero, Wes Craven and Sam Raimi.