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Taran Adarsh Raaz 3 Review

srkat Goldie

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Posted: 06 September 2012 at 1:34am | IP Logged


The sequels of JANNAT, MURDER and RAAZ have proved flourishing propositions for the Bhatts. As a matter of fact, Vishesh Films seems to have come into view as a sequel making outfit lately.

A lot many actors and celebs become prisoners of fame and eminence, after attaining recognition. The adulation and the frenzy they incite in a public space is enough to award them with an elevated, superior feeling. Sadly, when you attain the much desired celebrity status, you also fear losing it all. It's well known that a vicious rivalry exists amidst movie stars and their aspiration to stay on top can make them resort to anything spiteful. Crossing all limits is one thing. But practicing black magic is blasphemous. Quite a few names from the era gone by have been accused of indulging in it [let me add, it's all unfounded information, there's no tangible substantiation of it]. That's precisely the theme of RAAZ 3. 

Reportedly, RAAZ 3 is a blend of some authentic life incidents. Since black magic and voodoo are practiced even in the present day, it can be effortlessly explicated through a movie. But RAAZ 3 is not just a horror movie that has its share of chills and scares. It is not only about the envy and politics of Bollywood. A coherent human drama runs concurrently. 

Vikram Bhatt has mastered the art of sending a shudder down your vertebrae. The horror quotient in RAAZ 3 is sure to make you break into a cold sweat at times, but what really catches your attention is the human element. In fact, RAAZ 3 takes the negativity factor in women to an altogether different altitude. Writer Shagufta Rafique amalgamates vendetta, jealousy, conflict, drama and sexuality to create a chilling saga. 

One expects Vikram to tell a riveting story and that's what the franchise delivers. Also, unlike DANGEROUS ISHHQ, which received tremendous flak for its 3D, Vikram ensures that everything comes flying towards the audience in RAAZ 3. But 3D is last on the list for me. This time around, 3D is used more as a prettification or an embellishment. I'd rate the human story first, followed by the horror quotient and then 3D. 

RAAZ 3 narrates the story of a top movie star, Shanaya [Bipasha Basu], whose domination is smashed to smithereens by the invasion of a younger actress, Sanjana [Esha Gupta]. Shanaya resorts to black magic to devastate Sanjana, who is depriving her of her roles and trophies. Shanaya uses her director-boyfriend Aditya [Emraan Hashmi] as a pawn, but, as luck would have it, Aditya falls in love with Sanjana. 

The unwritten rule for horror films is uncomplicated: They ought to jolt you at the right places and also, the conclusion ought to be the paramount part of the narrative. RAAZ 3 thrives in giving you those joggles at several junctures [there are some indisputably unnerving scenes] and the culmination to the fiction, although a bit lengthy, keeps you caught up in the proceedings. 

Vikram Bhatt, who helmed the blockbuster hit RAAZ in 2002, is back with the third installment. He pursues the journey of a fading superstar's vengeance against a rising star adroitly. RAAZ 3 is suitably atmospheric, full of character and sensibly spine-chilling. The film relies less on shock value and more on a well-told tale, leading to a stimulating finale. Besides, Vikram has mastered this genre by now. He knows exactly how to make a scene sinister without making it appear ludicrous. The Bhatts are known for presenting sex and passion aesthetically and this one is no different. The lovemaking scene between Emraan and Bipasha in particular is way too titillating. 

Blemish? Yes, the music is not at par with the first two parts. Hummable tunes, yes, but chartbusters, nope. In fact, the soundtrack of RAAZ 3 is nowhere close to the haunting tracks of the first part specifically. Cinematography [Pravin Bhatt] is top notch and forms one of the high points of this enterprise. 

It's very infrequent that a Hindi film heroine gets to illustrate such a commanding character and Bipasha seizes the opportunity with both her hands, coming up with a bravura act. Her audacious scenes, unabashed approach and oozing sex appeal set the screen aflame. Enacting the role of an actress whose career is on a downslide, Bipasha gets the character accurate. RAAZ was a turning point in her career and RAAZ 3 should mark the commencement of a fresh phase for this gifted actress. 

Emraan surrenders to the director's judgment absolutely, shedding all inhibitions and delivering a restrained and an authoritative presentation. Undeniably, Bipasha has an even more challenging role, but Emraan's fans won't be disappointed either. Esha Gupta appears awkward and self-conscious in the initial portions, but holds a few sequences graciously in the subsequent hour. I'd like to single out a scene when she has delusions of cockroaches attacking her. Her act in that particular scene is super. 

Manish Chaudhuri is excellent. Mohan Kapur is natural. 

On the whole, RAAZ 3 is a story of staunch Indian beliefs and convictions in conjunction with a lethal combo of sex and horror in 3D, competent performances, an engaging human drama and most significantly, there's a gigantic brand value attached to it, which has worked extraordinarily well with the masses in the past. With this film, Vikram Bhatt raises the bar for horror films formulated on the home turf. If you are an enthusiast of supernatural thrillers/horror movies, RAAZ 3 should be on your list of 'things to do and watch' this weekend. Go, get ready to be spooked!

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-koiza- IF-Sizzlerz

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Posted: 06 September 2012 at 3:00am | IP Logged

good review. Bipasha seems to have stolen the show like in BAH. If WOM is good, it can be a hit! But they have a major draw back, why didn't they come up with good music. Raaz 1 and 2 had music as a MAJOR factor in its collections. Esha is annoying and her review is not so good either

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finalli he writes a good review n is not buttering up the stars kr producers of the film by giving 4 stars straight... looks like Bips stole the show here...good for her Clap
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EvilR Senior Member

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Posted: 06 September 2012 at 1:17pm | IP Logged

Oneindia Entertainment:

It is said, when the almighty refuses to help some of his children, they try out an evil way to grab their dreams. And this greed gives birth to evils like blackmagic, tantras and voodoo. But, with the advent of modernity, the learned lot of our country have gradually lost their beliefs in the existence of such evils. Keeping the Indian psyche in mind, filmmaker Vikram Bhatt has made an earnest attempt with his latest release Raaz 3 to bring the real life dilemma of actors to the silver screen, based on blackmagic and tantrik formulas. Raaz 3 is an amalgamation of jealousy, conflict, thrill, sexuality and supernatural elements that provides with a spine-thrilling saga.

The story of Raaz 3 revolves around an actress Shanaya (Bipasha Basu), whose rocketing career takes a nose dive when young actress Sanjana (Esha Gupta) makes her debut. When she witnesses that she's getting replaced in every aspect by Sanjana, she decides to win back her glory. It is then, Shanaya turns to black magic and makes it her goal in life to destroy Sanjana. When Shanaya's director boyfriend Aditya (Emraan Hashmi) realises his girlfriend's ill-motive, he leaves her for Sanjana. This was possibly the biggest blow, that Shanaya couldn't digest. Next, what happens? Can Aditya save Sanjana's life?

Raaz 3 has a strong story-line. It exposes the cruel truth of glamorous life in B-town, where celebrities are prone to publicity, recognition, award and superior feelings. And, for all the Bipasha Basu detractors out there, BE AWARE, the bengal tigress is back with a bang. Bipasha as a fading actress, is outstanding in the film. She is the real hero, the show stealer. So far, we have seen Bipasha adding only the hotness factor in the films, but, Raaz 3 is sure to change your perfection. Bipasha goes an unconventional way and illustrates a commanding character of a fading star, who was catapulted to fame. Some of the best scenes in the first half, that shows a stardom-hungry Bipasha's craze, pain, her desperation to dethrone Esha. Each of her profound expression, psyche behaviour, arrogance as a star adds extra points to Raaz 3.

When it comes to Emraan Hashmi, the Bhatts has yet again given him the golden chance to get onto to bed with the two hotties. Well, keeping jokes apart, Emraan does justice to his role. But, unfortunately, he gets overshadowed by Bipasha's strong act and larger than life screen presence. Esha Gupta is average, not as brilliant as Bips. She is more a 'zinda laash' in the movie and badly lacks some good expressions.

Talking about the horror part in the film, we definately aren't scared to death, but, yes, there are scenes that might make you break into a cold sweat. I cannot term it as a typical horror flick, but, at times, it might give you goosebumps. The Bhatt camp excels, when it comes to titiliating skin shows and sex scenes. But, the intimate scenes between Bipasha and Emraan in Raaz 3 looks half-baked. The film's 3D adds the horrifying factor, especially, the scene, where Esha's servant commits suicide by hanging herself to death is scary. I cannot miss the coackroach scene, where Esha goes nude in order to save herself. It is sure to fetch kudos.

Raaz 3 music fails to live up to the standards of the esteemed Bhatt banner, which is known for churning out hit soundtracks. Tracks like 'Rafta rafta', 'Deewana kar raha hai', 'Zindagi se' are soothing, melodious, but, not impressive. Even the peppy number "Kya raaz hai" fails to safe the music part in the film. The negative thing in the film was that there wasn't any connection between the songs and scenes. Moreover, every single track looked forced and unsuitable for the respective scene. Few a times in the second half, the movie falls flat, but, picks up it's pace towards the climax.


On the whole, Bipasha Basu is both a hero and a villain in the movie. She not only breathes life into her own character, but, also does a bravado act by carrying the entire movie on her own shoulders. This time, Bips has given a serious chase for money to the other B-Town beauties, with her smashing performance.

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khujli uncle gave a fat moolah to the adarshi buddha LOL

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RT @Tutejajoginder: Raaz3 is fantastic. This year so far, @bipsluvurself only has Vidya Balan (Kahaani) as her competitor at awards. A promise well kept by her. Clap
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Posted: 06 September 2012 at 1:33pm | IP Logged
happy for Bipasha...the girl deserves the praise...I am not going to watch the I am shit scared of horror movies...but hopefully this movie will put Bipasha back in the game...bas GYM jana band kar do..LOL

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