For the Bhatt’s the formula for success is simple – sequel to a hit franchise, good music and sexual content. The presence of Emraan Hashmi is an added bonus at the box-office. Each film that stuck to this formula has done well – Jannat 2, Jism 2, Murder 2.. the only film that didn’t was Raaz 2.
For the third instalment, Vikram Bhatt, who directed the first film, returns with bankable stars like Emraan Hashmi and Bipasha Basu. Can they recreate the magic of Raaz?
Story: Raaz 3 is about the evil Shanaya (Bipasha Basu), who is a superstar. Her dominance ends when a younger star Sanjana (Esha Gupta) makes it big, takes the awards and gets to best of roles. Shanaya then explores her darker side and takes up black magic to ruin Sanjaya. She also uses her boyfriend Aditya (Emraan Hashmi), who later falls for Sanjana.
Raaz 3 Review
In terms of production value and scale, Raaz 3 is easily the most ambitious film produced under the Vishesh Films banner. I’d also recommend you watch the film in 3D as it significantly enhances the impact.
Raaz 3 starts well, the director wastes no time and quickly establishes the plot and the characters. The first half has some thrilling moments and Vikram Bhatt’s who specialises in directing horror films, has complete control over proceedings.
The second half though, fails to match up. The screeches get too loud, Esha Gupta goes insane and there are way too many loop holes in the script.
Raaz 3 has an abundance of sleaze on offer and provides enough titillation to ensure the masses walk out happy. Emraan Hashmi has love-making scenes with both Bipasha Basu and Esha Gupta. The music disappoints big-time.
Bipasha Basu gets everything right – her expressions, look, body language and dialogue delivery is spot on. She is the star of Raaz 3. Emraan Hashmi sleep walks through his role, he’s done this several times before. Esha Gupta is strictly okay. Manish Choudhary is very good.
Overall, Raaz 3 is one of the better films to come out of the Bhatt camp in recent times. Way better than Jism 2, which released recently. At the box office, business should be best at mass centres. The 3D version will ensure good returns from multiplexes.