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|Raaz 3 Does Well On Paid Previews|
Friday 7th September 2012 10.30 IST
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Raaz 3 got a good response at paid previews with collections being 80-85% at places. The response was best in circuits like CP Berar, CI and Rajasthan. The film had 1 or 2 shows at many multiplexes across the country.
Jism 2 released a few weeks back had also done the same and then also got a good response on Friday when it opened all over.
Raaz 3 will the biggest release for an Emraan Hasmi starrer as it releases on over 2000 screens. His previous biggest was Jannat 2 which was just shy of 2000 screens. The film also has advantage of being screened in 3D format so will be expected to beat the Jannat 2 opening numbers but a lot will depend on good the collections in the big cities as mass belts should score over Jannat 2 initially at least.
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Emraan Hashmi and Bipasha Basu In Raaz 3 Movie Review (Movie Poster)
What's Good: The horror in the first half.
What's Bad: The paper-thin script; the story of convenience; the endless screaming in the second half.
Loo Break: Anytime in the second half.
Watch or Not?: Watch the first half for some scares.
Raaz 3 is supposed to be a God vs. Bipasha Basu. Or something of that sorts. To be honest, it wasn't a fair fight to begin with.
The headstrong, spoilt and manipulative Shanaya Shekhar (Bipasha Basu) is the reining actress in Bollywood. But Shanaya is slowly being overshadowed by a new actress Sanjana (Esha Gupta). The final blow comes when Shanaya loses the Best Actress Award to Sanjana. Even Shanaya's director boyfriend Aditya (Emraan Hashmi) cannot calm her tempest.
The mantra-chanting-holy-thread-tying Shanaya decides that since worshipping God has done her no good, she might as well move over to the dark side. An evil spirit (Manish Choudhary) gives her some magic water that will help possess Sanjana's spirit. Shanaya cajoles a reluctant Aditya to help her plan to make life a living hell for Sanjana, but not kill her. So Aditya ropes in Sanjana for his next film and keeps giving her doses of the evil water. Sanjana's nights are now filled with horror as she's haunted by scary clowns, creepy noises and more. Aditya soon falls for Sanjana but is torn between his love for the haunted actress and his indebtedness to the maverick star.
Watch the movie to find out more secrets tumble out of the closet as Sanjana spirals towards desperation.
The first half of Raaz 3 is not bad. Shagufta Rafique has the scares in the right places and you are really glued to your seat. But you're never really shown how big a star Shanaya is to feel that she's lost something that meant the world to her. Sanjana may be an orphan but doesn't she have even a single friend who can help her instead of running off into Aditya's arms? The script's spiral towards stupidity begins in the second half. Spoiler Alert: the evil spirit brutally kills Sanjana's maid in the first half. But when Shanaya asks him to kill Sanjana later, he gives her some lecture about God being the only one who can take lives. The movie falls flat when you realize that it's a story of convenience. And how come the evil water doesn't affect Shanaya at all? The part of Shanaya and Sanjana just sounds like a lame excuse to add some soggy spice to the story.
The dialogues are run of the mill but can go over the top at times by being flowery when not needed.
She's evil, she's manipulative, she's power-hungry, but Bipasha Basu steals the show left, right and center as Shanaya. Emraan Hashmi has 2-3 staple expressions throughout the movie, but that's more because of the script's shortcoming. Esha Gupta is stiff as Sanjana but does much better towards the end (when she almost goes berserk). Manish Choudhary is good as the evil spirit.
You would wish that Vikram Bhatt had even tried to hold the movie together but it just crumbles in the second half. Shanaya blackmailing Aditya and even the sutradhar voiceover were quite unnecessary. And why did they have to show the bottle in Emraan's pocket in X-ray/strange visual effect? To be subtle, it's one place you wouldn't expect Emraan's hand to be in, even in an Adult movie. Jeet Ganguly and Rashid Khan's songs are not memorable. Editing is unsatisfactory.
Raaz 3 has its share of scares but it annoys you in the second half.
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Pat! Pat! Shanaya Shekhar (Bipasha Basu) whacks her five-inch lashes uncomfortably as she has just lost the best actress award to budding newcomer Sanjana Krishnan (Esha Gupta). Her obvious assumption: There is no God or he has better films to watch. Luckily, an ex-domestic help happens to introduce her to another force, one who redresses those who've been ignored by the almighty. The light in the mandir is switched off, 'doosri shakti'- on.
Tara Dutt (Manish Choudhary) is a man who wears just the right amount of mascara to maaro lines like, "Main aatma hoon." He comes to Shanaya's rescue by offering her a jar of purified evil water. Once Sanjana consumes it, her soul will be trapped. But this liquid has to be offered to her only by a reliable person. Why? Because unreliable people can't really be relied on anymore.
Enter film director Aditya Arora (Emraan Hashmi), who is indebted to Shanaya for offering herself a few times too many. So you can guess who will spill what in whose drink and who will then have hallucinations of women wailing, clowns playing hide and seek and a certain domestic servant hanging herself after being severed by giant shards of glass. Predictably, Aditya is completely charmed by Sanjana' sob story and when she has an outburst, he calms her not by offering the filmy 'hosh mein aao, Sanjana' slap but with a more sociable mouth-to-mouth. And while all this will leave your imagination a little doped, we present a few dialogues that will spill alcohol on your wounds.
"Bachcha aur kutta sirf pyaar ka bhooka hota hai, aur mere dad ne mujhe sirf mere hisse ka pyaar diya hai," — Sanjana to Aditya. This roughly translates as, infants and dogs both crave love and my father loved me for my part.
Doctor to Aditya: "Would you believe it if I tell you that I believe you. Schizophrenia aur bhoot-pret mein jyaada farak nahin hai. Bas science isse nahin maanti." So now we know the dialogue writer's precise disorder.
If you're still hungry for more, we have some tandoori ghosts inspired by Body Worlds who can change shape, disappear on demand, wreck havoc but when they have to convey a message- they're conventional enough to make a phone call.
The songs in the film are composed carelessly and can be forgotten without much effort. But Bipasha's Lady Ghagra jig in 'Kya Raaz Hai' will be as painful to swallow as it will be to forget. But to her credit, she can move better than Esha Gupta, who masters the art of managing all her steps without splaying any of her limbs.
Being a film where the VFX could've been a game changer, the technicians fail to impress. And the much-tweeted about 'attack of the flying cockroaches' scene looks more like a sewage pipe exploding. If director Vikram Bhatt has applied himself completely into this project, it says quite poorly of his sensibilities as it conforms to every clich that one associates with Bollywood horror from the beginning of time. Good over evil. Dig out the idol of Ganpati and he will show you the way. Even a few drops of Gangajal flow in towards the end.
If Bipasha Basu had a career, it would be ruined. But since she doesn't, there's little that this film can take away from her. Her character isn't possessed but that doesn't stop her from rolling on the floor or laughing deliriously or doing anything that would suggest an unsound mind. Esha Gupta is a stunning portrait of a beautiful girl playing poker. While she makes a pretty face on the screen, she can't create creases on it to form any recognizable expression. Even in the scene where her character realizes that she has been cheated, all she does is cover her ears. Perhaps the reason she couldn't hear the director scream, "Emote! Emote!" Emraan Hashmi has now moved on to a league of actors who can't be dispirited for being associated with a possible Ghanta award winner. He takes his role as seriously as he could but his efforts couldn't exorcise the devilishly terrible plot from spelling doom for this film.
From being transported to a parallel universe to finding the 'chosen one' for the job, this film is quite like 'The Matrix'. Only difference, here you need both the pills. The first- to go down the Bhatt hole and the second for the ensuing headache.
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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.
Story: 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. What next? Hold your breath as Shanaya's vengeance against Sanjana is not just due to her fading stardom or boyfriend. Here lies a secret behind the two actresses' past relationship. What's that? Watch the film to learn the suspense. 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
Performance: 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 films, but, Raaz 3 is sure to change your perception. 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 and her desperation to dethrone Esha. Each of her profound expression, psyche behaviour and arrogance as a star adds extra points to Raaz 3.
When it comes to Emraan Hashmi, the Bhatts have yet again given this serial kisser the golden chance to get onto to bed with the two hotties! Well, jokes aside...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.
Ups and downs: Talking about the horror part in the film, we definitely aren't scared to death, but, yes, there are scenes that might make you break into a cold sweat. Especially, certain horrific screams and cries in the movie 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 looks half-hearted and half-baked. The film's 3D effect 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 surely the best one.
Music fails: 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 factor 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 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. So, watch Raaz 3 for Bips!
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