Raaz 3 Movie Review: A totally watchable masala horror flick!

The film does all it said it would and Raaz 3, starring Bipasha Basu, Esha Gupta and Emraan Hashmi is paisa vasool…with popcorn to add more crunch! Read review to find out more

The latest horror movie from the Bhatt camp delivers what it promised to: a decent, edge of the seat thriller that is low on sleaze and heavy on content, a tale of a star driven by jealousy, special effects and black magic! It’s a bit predictable, yet manages to surprise with well placed special effects and a strong story. The main grouse is that the 3D seems forced and gimmicky and doesn’t work except for in a few key scenes in the film, so if you don’t want to risk your eyesight and avoid a nasty headache, watch it in regular 2D.

The third installment in the Raaz series is a poorly made, but well told horror story set in a filmi milieu. Down-on-her-luck actress Shanaya (Bipasha Basu) coaxes her director boyfriend Aditya (Emraan Hashmi) to mess with rising actress Sanjana’s (Esha Gupta) career by doing black magic on her. Shanaya literally signs a pact with the devil and makes Aditya, who is directing a film with Sanjana as the star, spike her with ‘magic water’. Aditya goes along with the stunt, but cannot play for long, calling it quits when he realises that the black magic is really taking a toll on Sanjana’s health. When Aditya tries to call it off, Shanaya plays all the tricks in her ‘vamp’ bag and manages to successfully end Sanjana’s career in a scene rich with well used special effects. Aditya, as the hero of the film, acts on his conscience and tried to end the whole drama, but it’s too late by then and Sanjana has gone too far into the murky spirit world to be saved.

The horror in the film taps into the black magic stories we’ve all heard and manages to evoke a few gasps. The ghosts fail miserably, yet the story is strong and convincing enough to carry the movie. The vamp act comes naturally to Bipasha and she manages her role as a jealous star as well as she can! Esha, however, is just a pretty face in the film and needs to put in some serious work on her acting skills, but since she is knocked out cold in a good part of the film, it saves you suffering her hamming act on screen for too long, in 3D too! Emraan, on the other hand, does a good job, but it is evident that he’s struggling to move out of the Bhatt camp and use his talent elsewhere. The Bhatts have toned down the sleaze and focussed more on the story instead this time around, which may disappoint audiences, since the Raaz franchise is known for its steamy sequences – though perhaps Jism does it better – and it’s a good call they take.

All in all, Raaz 3 is cheesy and immature, though an entirely watchable Bollywood horror flick that is well worth the tickets and price of popcorn!

Rating: 3/5

* Poor – Avoid!

** Average – Give it a shot if you are desperate!

*** Good – One time watch!

**** Very good – Must watch!

***** Excellent – Don’t miss!