Published On: Sat, Sep 8th, 2012

Review : Raaz 3 – Enjoyable intense thriller!

Release date: 06 Sept 2012 Rating : 3.25/5
Director : Vikram Bhatt
Producer : Mukesh Bhatt
Music Director : Jeet Ganguly, Mithoon
Starring: Emraan Hashmi, Bipsaha Basu, Esha Gupta

Vishesh films have always been making path breaking and sensible films since a long time. They have now come up with the sequel to their super hit franchise Raaz. This movie which stars Emran Hashmi and Esha Gupta, has Bipasha Basu in an negative role. Raaz 3, which comes in 3D format is based on the story of a fading actress played by Bipasha. The promos and music has gained a huge response, and the film has finally released this week. So let’s see how it is.

Story :

Shanaya Kejal(Bipsha Basu) is one of the leading actress in Bollywood. She rules the roost and has a huge fan following. However all that changes when a new actress Sanjana(Esha Gupta) enters the industry, and takes away all her limelight. Shanaya tries various things to dethrone Sanjana, but falls flat on her face every time. Out of desperation Shanaya takes to black magic and plans to destroy Sanjana, with the help of her director boyfriend Aditya(Emraan Hashmi). What effect does the black magic show on Sanjana? Whether Shanaya succeeds in her deadly deeds? and what important role does Aditya play in this hi-tension drama, forms the rest of the story.

Plus Points :

The script is the major plus point of the movie. Raaz 3 has been very cleverly written and aptly casted. Bipasha Basu does a wonderful role of jealous actress. She shows awesome emotions particularly towards the end of the movie. Esha Gupta is the surprise package of the movie and emotes well all throughout the film. Though a new comer, she has a very difficult role to portray and she succeeds pretty well. Emraan Hashmi plays an important role in the film and a does a decent job. Interval bang is the highlight of the movie, and the supernatural effects only add to the intensity of the movie. First half runs smoothly without any hiccups. Horror and human emotions in the movie keep you glued to the screen. The makers have very cleverly adapted the super natural effects with real life incidents.

Minus Points :

One can say Raaz 3 has minor negative points. Emraan Hashmi’s character lacks justification in some scenes initially. There are very less scenes that show Bipasha’s jealousy towards this rising actress. Second half becomes a bit predictable in the middle. Though you cannot call it a negative point, Emraan Hashmi has very less scope in this female dominated film. Though he lands his trademark kisses to both the leading ladies, his fans would be slightly disappointed, as Raaz 3 doesn’t have Hashmi’s regular entertainment quotient which he is famous for.

Technical Aspects :

Raaz 3 is high on technical aspects. The movie is shot in 3D format and looks stunning when the horror quotient comes in. Special effects of the movie are really cool, particularly in one scene with Cockroaches. Music of the film is really good as all the songs are hummable and would really add to the film’s success. Screenplay is the heart of Raaz 3, and keeps the audience engaged right till the end of the film. Vikram Bhatt cleverly mixes the supernatural and horror elements with human emotions in the film. His sticks to the plot and never wanders away from the script. Though there is no much suspense in the movie, Raaz 3 offers many nerve racking and thrilling moments right through out the movie. Art direction and camera work is apt and suits the story well.

Verdict :

On the whole, Raaz 3 is one movie which has everything going its way. Gritty screenplay, awesome songs and mature performances are sure shot plus points. On the other hand it would be interesting to see how family audience, who love watching popcorn entertainment respond to this film. To those who love edge of the seat horror thrillers, Raaz 3 is one film which is highly recommended. Go buy yourself a ticket and experience the thrill in 3D.

Bollywood 3 rating : 3.25/5

Reviewed by Avad M.