Movie Review: Raaz 3 (2012)

Users Rating: [ratings] ★★★☆☆
Box Office: Super Hit

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.

The story revolves around Shanaya (Bipasha Basu), an actress at the height of her success. She gets offered the best roles and wins all the awards she’s nominated for. In addition, she also has a passionate affair with a handsome director named Aditya (Emraan Hashmi). This all ends when a younger actress, Sanjana (Esha Gupta) makes her film debut. Suddenly, Shanaya seems forgotten and everybody only wants to work with Sanjana. Soon enough, Aditya also leaves Shanaya for Sanjana, and Shanaya sees her career fading away and she slowly becomes crazy. She begins to turn to black magic and makes it her goal in life to destroy Sanjana and get back the man she loves, Aditya.


Good Reviews  |  Average Reviews  |  Bad Reviews
Positive Reviews
3.5 “RAAZ 3 is a story of staunch Indian beliefs and convictions in conjunction with a lethal combo of sex and horror in 3D.”
3.5 “The makers have managed to fulfil the huge expectations and presented a film that is much bigger and high impact than what the promos may have suggested.”
3.0 “Bipasha Basu steals the show, through and through!”
Zee News
3.0 “For all those who want to move over from the Ramsay Bros… go watch ‘Raaz 3’ in 3D, at your own risk. But don’t take it to your grave.”
Times Of India
3.0 “Worth a watch for the thrills and chills and bravura performances by the ladies!”
Average Reviews
2.5 “Bipasha’s Black Magic Leaves You Spellbound!”
2.5 “Raaz 3 is a one-time scare!”
Negative Reviews
2.0 “Raaz 3 has its moments where horror melts into a kind of full-blown mythological tale.”
NDTV Movies
2.0 “Raaz 3 is old ghost in new vial.”
DNA India
2.0 “Raaz 3 unfolds like a film that was written, directed and produced in fits of hallucination.”
India Today
2.0 “It feels like someone put the script for another Murder sequel in the blender with horror set pieces.”
2.0 “A typical cheesy horror flick, which assumes it doesn’t need a story at all”
2.0 “It is not a raaz at all.”
2.0 “The only thing that’s truly frightening is knowing that a fourth ‘Raaz’ film is inevitably on its way.”
IBN Live
1.5 “Raaz 3 offers only sleaze, no chills at all.”
1.0 “The movie has absolutely nothing to offer. The presentation is a horror in itself.”
1.0 “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.”
1.0 “If only comedies could produce the kind of laughs this horror of horrors often does.”
Daily Bhaskar
1.0 “Raaz 3 rather than scaring the audience frustrates them instead. Yet another week attempt by Vikram Bhatt.”
0.5 “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.”
Yahoo Movies

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