Raaz 3 is a challenging film that on the one hand pushes the envelope of the horror genre of film making in mainstream Hindi cinema while also re-establishing the dulled out career of its lead Bipasha Basu.
Bipasha is a down in the dumps super star whose career is on the wane. The sole reason for this is the new star on the rise, Esha Gupta, who also happens to be Bipashas half sister (they share the same father, because it is so common in the world we live in aint it). Emraan Hashmi is a director who in order to repay the Karzz of being allowed to sleep with Bipasha, connives with her to do Kaala Jaadu on Esha and destroy her career. Only problem in this perfect plan is that he falls for (and sleeps with but of course) the second heroine too and has a conscience that suddenly awakens to set the wrong right. Sceptics might frown at the fact that in a supposed film industry, Bipasha and Esha seem to be the only tow heroines Emraan the only director but then artistic liberty bhi toh koi cheez hoti hai, duh!
It is not just this stupendously convoluted and layered script that takes Raaz 3 notches above competition. The film boasts of the best of the best coming together to create a horrifying experience one wouldnt easily forget (it is a stated horror film if you have forgotten, duh!)
First off is Bipasha Basu. She, like her character, is looking to resurrect her sagging career by going back to where she began, Raaz franchise and Vishesh films. So it is not a surprise that she acts like this was her first film too. She definitely believes in the director and his capabilities and hence is not bothered by the fact that in scenes meant for her to showcase her histrionics; all that we can see is either her ample cleavage or her never ending legs. With Raaz 3, Bipasha will be back where she belongs to (hopefully out of sight).
Emraan Hashmi, obviously tired from all the acting he did in Shanghai earlier this year, revels in a role that demands him to do nothing more than shove his tongue down any open mouth. His character of a director with a heart hopping in and out of beds of his heroines is crafted progressively to represent the modern Indian man, one who knows how to silence his hysterical woman in a jiffy (use his tongue of course. Duh again!).
He effortlessly (sleep)walks through his role mouthing tough dialogues and enacting challenging scenes- one sever one that comes to the mind instantly is the one where he is asked by a bra clad Bipasha cavorting on his shirtless torso to look into her eyes instead of you know where. Roles like these make Emraan the asset he is to the industry.
Esha Gupta, the leading light of generation next of Bollywood impresses well too, she dances like a mannequin, emotes like a wooden chair would, and is a dream in the parts where she has to act scared. To ably support her is the Evil spirit she is possessed with, in makeup that is an ode to the Ramsay Brothers School of filmmaking. He grunts like the neighborhood grandpa with an upset stomach and is as menacing as Dolly Bindra sans makeup. He is also secular, for he can be contacted with Hindu mantras whilst sitting in a Christian grave.
That brings us to the real hero of this enterprise, Vikram Bhat, that genius who revived horror with Raaz a few years ago and is now hell bent on putting the genre back in the grave with his series of faint hearted friendly horror films that do not scare.
After Dangerous Ishq this year,Raaz 3 is the next feather in the directors cap.
Vikrams special accomplishment here however is the amazing 3D that has improved leaps and bounds, for now not only can Hindi cinema show us bricks from a wall breaking on to our faces in 3D but also throw cockroaches from a sink to gross one out further.
Raaz 3 is challenging film to sit through; it is a challenge not to run to the nearest library and look for spells from the occult to cast on the makers of this movie. Vikarm Bhat better check the water supply to his house for the next few months, for in the world of the occult, what goes out comes back to you too.