Movie Review: Raaz 3 (2012)
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.