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RAAZ 3 – Movie Review

Posted by FATEMA H.KAGALWALA on September 7, 2012 | No Comments

PRODUCER – Mahesh Bhatt, Mukesh Bhatt
DIRECTOR – Vikram Bhatt
WRITER – Shagufta Rafique
CAST – Emraan Hashmi, Bipasha Basu, Esha Gupta
MUSIC – Jeet Ganguly, Mithoon, Rashid

With Raaz-3 Vikram Bhatt serves us yet another horror film. If one is familiar with his sensibilities of spook-oriented film-making then it is easy to say what to expect. Raaz -3, as a suggested franchise does not  have any relationship with the earlier films – Raaz (2002) and Raaz – the mystery continues (2009) except the title and the genre. And of course, the quality of the film in itself.

Shanaya (Bipasha) is a famous actress who is at once narcissistic and extremely insecure about her position. She is also harbouring a childhood sore against her half-sister Sanjana (Eesha Gupta). When Sanjana, as a newbie actress comes to the limelight putting her into the second place she turns to revenge by torture via the black magic route. Helped by a sometimes suited, sometimes pest-infested and robed dark spirit Tara Dutt (Manish Chaudhury) she manages to coax her boyfriend Aditya (Emraan Hashmi) to carry out her plans of capturing Sanjana’s spirit by feeding her charmed water at regular intervals. For reasons best known to him Aditya agrees and thus begin Sanjana’s nightmares, slowly turning her simple life into a horror story. Meanwhile, (and very dutifully) Aditya falls in love with her and begins to regret his part in the drama and turns from enemy to savior but is he equipped to handle the forces of black magic with the help of mere will?

As long as Raaz 3 sticks to Sanjana’s nightmares, it remains a terrifying and even traumatic experience. Some of the episodes are grisly and some psychologically impactful. Beyond that (and even within that) an immature treatment renders it all useless.

There is a distinct air of earnestness surrounding every character’s actions, dialogue delivery and the mounting of the entire film yet the accompanying shallowness leaves it looking only pretentious. From character motivations to logical plot points, all are left unexplored in the bid to maintain the suspense and the thrill. The film has an even pace and a tightly knit tension but the sheer flakiness of the dialogues and superficial direction doesn’t let the drama hit home with a fervor. Saddling it with misplaced item songs that serve no purpose does more harm than good. The invocations of the dark arts, the spirit of Tara Dutt and the ultimate fight for survival come together more as a rather kindergarten expression than an imaginative one.

In a scenario such as this, each actor performs within his own limits and the limits of the earnest yet self-important tone of the film. Not known for their talents particularly, all the actors Bipasha Basu, Emraan Hashmi and Eesha Gupta see-saw between hamming and non-performance. Manish Chaudhury appears and disappears with his typically self-conscious frown that is supposed to stand in for the alleged ‘power’ of his character.

Some CG sequences are done with care, especially the one where hordes of cockroaches swarm Sanjana. The 3D is effective in the nightmare sequences but turns the rest of the film into a grainy and tacky affair. Much like the film is in totality.

FATEMA KAGALWALA

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