Contrary to expectations and reports, the film has not been shot in the above said format...
One of the most intimate moments of Emraan Hashmi's Raaz 3 was a bedroom sequence where Bipasha Basu was on top of the actor, asking him coyly to, well, 'look into her eyes!' Well, the seductive moment was made all the more memorable, courtesy its presentation in 3D. Well, there will be none of that in the next series, Raaz 4, as the makers have decided to do away with 3D this time around.
"That's correct," confirms our source attached to the film, "It was a conscious call taken well before the start of the film’s shoot." Considering the fact that the last installment of the franchise, Raaz 3 (2012), was in 3D and had done roaring business of Rs 73 crore, the move is rather surprising.
Agrees a trade expert, "In fact the film worked well commercially due to the lethal combination of horror and 3D. In fact if you look at it, even Mahaakshay Chakraborty’s Haunted had done well (Rs 30 crore) with the 3D-horror combo as its USP. It is surprising that the director (Vikram Bhatt), who has pretty much pioneered the 3D technology in Bollywood, has opted for a 2D narrative in Raaz Reboot."
In fact, Vikram has helmed quite a few other 3D films as well, though the results haven’t been too positive. Dangerous Ishq and Mr. X, though made in 3D, didn’t really work. On the other hand Shah Rukh Khan-starrers like Ra.One and Don 2 had done more than Rs 100 crore business each while being released in 3D. However, even the superstar has let go off his fascination for 3D post that.
"The question though is not about 3D making a film better," says an insider, "If you look at it, even in Hollywood this whole fixation with 3D has started fading away. There was a time till about a couple of years back when practically every major blockbuster material coming out of Hollywood was in 3D. However, it all started becoming rather gimmicky after a point in time. Moreover, audiences too started complaining that the new 3D technology resulted in darker and duller frames. Suddenly, it was not so cool to make a film in 3D anymore."
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No wonder, today most of the 3D films coming out of Hollywood are also animated versions, which by the very nature carry cooler frames and are easy on the eyes. Says Vikram, "Actually, if you look at it, worldwide 3D as a medium is being re-looked at. It used to be a constant phenomenon in at least superhero flicks or major summer blockbusters but that too is being re-strategised. Based on what I hear, audiences are preferring 2D medium more. In any case, there were a handful of filmmakers, including me, who were experimenting with 3D. In a way, it is a challenge for me too to make Raaz Reboot interesting without resorting to 3D. At the end of the day, it is one big screen experience that mystery and horror lovers would grab even in 2D."
That said, now with even Raaz Reboot not releasing in the 3D version, it could well be curtains for the 3D industry in Bollywood.
(text by Joginder Tuteja)
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