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A few, predictable, spooky scenes apart, there is nothing new about Vikram Bhatt's latest horror flick, Raaz 3. It's the same old unintentional comedy found in a lazily made horror film.Read more
We have what, one Bhatt film a month, these days? Or at least, that's what it seems like. And almost every other one is horror. So lavish homes, pretty women either scaring or getting scared, savior hero, stage is set.
The good thing is they do a decent job of creeping you out. There is at least one sequence in every film that manages to gross you out or make you edgy. That's good only because that is what they intend to. The flip side is I hate that creepy-crawly feeling that horror films manage to create under your skin. What's in it to look forward to even if it is for one scene?
I guess, then the fortunate bit is most Bhatt films don't manage to hold on to that feeling, which in turn makes it an average horror film. And that's what most of them are. Even if there is an over-powering presence of Bipasha Basu as the devil.
So, here we are, yet another horror flick from the Bhatt group with what looks like very little new to offer. Why would I look forward to flying cockroaches, in 3D at that? creeps yuck uggh Yeah, yeah, even if that is the reaction they are aiming for.
Milliblog - "Mixed bag of a soundtrack by Jeet, despite his Bengali original reuse."
dunkdaft - "Not a fan of the music of this series, but this, is simply below the levels of previous ones."
Bollywood Hungama – "3/5"
Bollyspice – "2/5"
Apun Ka Choice – "2/5"
- meeta, a part of the audience
Raaz 3 is a very regular horror film. It provides it share of unintended laughs, goes through the motions of trying to spook you with sudden peek-a-boo by the devil. And since there is a devil at work you cannot escape the age old science vs. faith argument. Unfortunately, nothing about the way it is done is novel either.
Sure, you get to see Bipasha Basu in a viciously negative role and you do wish death upon her. But what you see in the trailer, is just about what she maintains for the length of the film. Somehow the character's arc sounds way too similar to that from Heroine except the black magic part, hopefully.
If Bipasha plays the dark witch, Shanaya, Esha Gupta is the purest of pure whites, Sanjana. Which basically translates to her screaming and getting scared a whole lot. This must certainly be covered in Acting 101, and Esha Gupta does that just fine, except for the times her diction goes off.
Bang between the two is gray Aditya (Emraan Hashmi) who is caught between what seems like duty and love. Herein lies the greatest folly of Raaz 3's concept. Something as disastrous as black magic is supported by Aditya for some flimsy reasons. You are never once convinced that he is that subservient to Shanaya's wishes. Emraan Hashmi, must be able to carry such roles with effortless ease, especially since he gets to seal a couple of problem situations with what he does best, a kiss.
Besides the regular stock of songs and aerobic dances, Raaz 3 has its expected share of scenes that are meant to scare with a relentlessly thumping background score. Not a single of these 'scary' scenes come as a shock that will make you edge towards the end of the seat. This is despite a reasonable dilemma faced by Aditya. But, it isn't taken too far and the struggle is too superficial. The 3D too is used either just for the sake of it except for just a couple of times for a few 'horror' scenes, not to mention that you can see the blur/ghost at times even while wearing the 3D glasses.
Everything about Raaz 3 feels shallow and very uni-dimensional. Even a character as gray as Aditya, isn't treated with any detail. Raaz 3 is yet another run-of-the-mill, Bhatt horror film.
- meeta, a part of the audience
Thumbs up, by Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama : ...Cinematography [Pravin Bhatt] is top notch and forms one of the high points of this enterprise. ... full review
Thumbs up, by Aakash Barvalia, MoviezADDA : ...The basic plot of the movie is nicely chosen to arouse an interest among the moviegoers, and thankfully the makers had also effectively presented it in an impressive manner.... full review
Thumbs up, by K N Gupta, SmasHits.com : ...The music doesn't meet the usual high expectations from the Bhatts. However, 'Rafta Rafta' and 'Deewana Kar Raha Hain' will be remembered by the audience even outside the theater. ... full review
Thumbs up, by Sonia chopra, Star Blockbuster : ...Another thing that dampens the finale is the convenient wrappingup of the story and a hypermoralistic message.... full review
Thumbs up, Zee News : ...Songs like ‘Rafta Rafta’ and ‘Deewana Kar Raha Hain’ will be hummed, sung and whistled by many people and for a long time to come. Bipasha in the title track is hot enough to fire your brains out. ... full review
So-So, by Anna Vetticad, annavetticadgoes2themovies : ...I wish, however, that Vikram Bhatt had not resorted to so many clichés and stereotypes in his film. ... full review
So-So, by Nikhil Kumar, Apun Ka Choice : ...Kudos to Bipasha Basu for giving herself fully to this role like a possessed woman. Her character breathes malice for her rival.... full review
So-So, by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks Cinema.com : ...Manish Chaudhari as the Evil Spirit doesn’t get much scope but he still excels in his few scenes.... full review
So-So, by Smita, Desi Martini : ...Scary in parts but not enough to give you a sleepless night... full review
So-So, by Kshitij, Desi Martini : ...Passable as a decent 3-D watch... full review
So-So, by Shabana Ansari, DNA : ...And a few things — Bipasha’s crazed act, Emraan’s understated histrionics and Esha’s vulnerability — work in the film’s favour. ... full review
So-So, by Aniruddha Guha, DNA : ...Emraan gets to kiss both the girls for long amounts of time, say “chu****pa” at one point, and fight off a creepy-looking monster in the film's climax. In other words, his fans should be sufficiently pleased. ... full review
So-So, by Divya Solgama, Gomolo.in : ...Vikram Bhatt has been improving with every film of his, especially in the 3D part. Out here it’s his 3D part and his main forte Horror genre he excels out. ... full review
So-So, Indicine : ...Raaz 3 is one of the better films to come out of the Bhatt camp in recent times.... full review
So-So, Movie Talkies : ... post interval, the movie-goer is bound to lose interest as the plots drags on without much intention of speeding up.... full review
So-So, by Ruchi Mehta, Roochster : ... Emraan Hashmi as the hero was good.... full review
So-So, by Madhureeta Mukherjee, Times of India : ...The music, however, is disappointing for a Bhatt film, with songs used as patches between insignificant scenes.... full review
Thumbs down, by Mayank Shekhar, Daily Bhaskar : ...If only comedies could produce the kind of laughs this horror of horrors often does... full review
Thumbs down, by Khalid Mohammed, Deccan Chronicle : ...Magazines, which present film trophies annually, should rejoice though…because all stars pretend that they don’t care a flying fig for awards. Be that as it may, if the Bhatts and writer Shagufta Rafique are to be believed, losing out an award is serious business. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Ameetbhuvan, Desi Martini : ...This one is so bad , it aint funny anymore... full review
Thumbs down, by Rachit Gupta, Filmfare : ...Emraan Hashmi and Esha Gupta make a lovely couple traumatised by horrors in the film. Esha especially does more than a capable job.... full review
Thumbs down, by Trisha Gupta, FirstPost : ... the bare bones of the plot are left to rattle around in a film badly bloated by depressingly predictable characters and truly terrible dialogue. ... full review
Thumbs down, Free Press Journal : ...If you are looking for mystery and chills then you are going to be sorely disappointed.... full review
Thumbs down, by Kritika Deval, fullhyd.com : ...The few things that make the movie watchable are the performances as the movie progresses, and a couple of truly unnerving moments... full review
Thumbs down, by Martin D'Souza, Glamsham.com : ...The story has no depth.... full review
Thumbs down, by Sarit Ray, Hindustan Times : ...more likely to scare you away than scare you. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Rajeev Masand, IBN Live : ...The first half of 'Raaz 3' has a few inspired bits, particularly Bipasha's chilling encounter with the spirit who empowers her to carry out her sabotage, and Emraan's moral dilemma over participating in Bipasha's conspiracy to destroy an innocent rival... full review
Thumbs down, by Fatema H Kagalwala, India Entertainment : ...As long as Raaz 3 sticks to Sanjana’s nightmares, it remains a terrifying and even traumatic experience. Some of the episodes are grisly and some psychologically impactful. Beyond that (and even within that) an immature treatment renders it all useless.... full review
Thumbs down, by Vinayak Chakravorty, india today : ...Esha reveals a few raw edges. Emraan looks bored.... full review
Thumbs down, by Shubhra Gupta, indian express : ...the little bit of frisson that the film managed to garner vanishes, maybe in that self-same place.... full review
Thumbs down, by Roshni Devi, koimoi : ...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.... full review
Thumbs down, by Janhavi Samant, MiD DAY : ...Bipasha ends up just as an overdose of cleavage and legs, without enough flesh to the character.... full review
Thumbs down, by IANS, MSN Entertainment : ...Here Satan in a soggy suit is played Manish Chaudhary who tries to make sense of the mumbo jumbo. It must have taken a demoniacal degree of self-control for the actor not to giggle when his characters challenges Shanaya... full review
Thumbs down, by Mansha Rastogi, Now Running.com : ...once again he makes a lengthy horror film testing audiences' patience no end.... full review
Thumbs down, by Preeti Arora, Rediff : ...There is a serious dearth of anything creative, genuine or even mildly engaging in Raaz 3.... full review
Thumbs down, by Shilpa Jamkhandikar, Reuters : ...Bipasha Basu tries a bit too hard to act crazy, but it’s nonetheless effective... full review
Thumbs down, by Swati Rohatgi, STARDUST : ... Esha Gupta compared to her debut film shows improvement but still has a long way to go.... full review
Thumbs down, by Sudhish Kamath, The Hindu : ...the leading ladies flaunt lingerie as if the film is one huge ad for Victoria’s Secret.... full review
Thumbs down, by Reel Reptile, Upper Stall : ...The real heroes are the dialogue writers, who do gives us moments of unintentional hilarity especially when Hashmi looks at a childhood photo of Gupta's... full review
vijay224695: i like your Raaz 3
twitsrt: Raaz 3 Fab movie imran rocked it again ;))
tarun_0707: raaz 3 iz awesome!! [Like it? http://goo.gl/9u0C9 ]
sukhuwalia: Raaz 3 a good movie with superb effects....n as always....bips rocks in the movie....5 out of 5......for her performanc @bipsluvurself
SubhanarayanS: RAAZ-3 , NICE MOVIE...KISS SCENES R ADDING ATTRACTION TO FILM...
stylishsiddhart: watched raaz 3 ,,,,,,,,,,nice movie...
srilucifer: the flying cockroaches from raaz 3 still haunt me..still can say the best sequence i ever saw in 3D
SouvaniikGoon: Aj raaz 3 dekha at kalyani,balurghat! aj rat thorasa pi liya! Qki wo movie really mind blowind & story! & bohut dar gye!
sm353535: RAAZ 3 IS AWSUM !
shubham77559319: raaz 3 rocks in 3d....
shubh_upadhyaya: “Raaz 3” a gud movie jst for its 3D effects !!
shantanumahabal: Raaz 3... Good one ;-)
SeRialKiSerEmMi: #EmraanHashmiHitMachine Emraan works magicc againnn wth Raaz 3 awesomeee actingg awesomeee mvieeee .. !
saurav_bose18: wotched RAAZ 3...... stupendobulously fantastically owesm movie.......!!! :-D:-P
sangam317: must watch raaz 3....awsome background score by raju singh...he is the king of horror....definately a hit....vikram sir agsin rocks....
sajjad4700: Raaz 3 the best horror movie have ever seen,great work by @bipsluvurself and @imranhashmi well done guys.
RunitSawhney: Bipasha Looked Smokin Hottt In Raaz 3. Damn!!!!!! Movie Was Pretty Good Too But She Sizzled On Screen And Gave A Great Performance Too
rs021988: watch raaz 3 today what a film, awasome movie, great work #bipasa #emranhasmi
riteshpatidar70: Raaz 3 big hit
RisingIndiawins: Just watched Raaz 3 . Good time pass.
RHosabettu: Raaz 3... Amazing 3D .... Not for the faint hearted though... What do u think peepuls ?? :-)
rehananaseer3: Saw the movie #Raaz 3 pretty good! #Bollywood
RajveerSKalsi: came from RAAZ 3 show . #goodmovie #bollywood animation is like reality
padrifarhan: Raaz 3 is an awesome movie
nialici0us: Raaz 3 was good in my opinion. Just got to appreciate that the Indian cinema is finally coming off the stereotypic movies and mindset!
mukund_lucifer: Raaz was an ultimate masterpiece,Raaz 2 was disastrous but Raaz 3 scare hell out.So wat's common 2 make it a MAST MOVIE, [email protected]
MrAshish1706: I had seen "RAAZ 3" yesterday friends it was superb in 3D.....i like it.........
MohitMalik31: great work by imran hashmi in raaz 3 loved to see the raaz 3
Mad_Angles: A must watch movie #Raaz 3... Acting of bipasha awesome and emraan hashmi as usual no doubt awesome
LoveBipashaPari: I watched RAAZ 3 ! The Movie Theater was almost full ~~ Really enjoyed who disliked this movie no comments :/ It was an excellent movie
KuchBHIBoltaHai: The only movie after Bhoot that made my after movie sleep [email protected]'s Raaz 3.. A phenomenal above bollywood standard movie
kkhacker: Awesome thriller movie raaz 3 excelent work of all the star... Go nd watch... U scare definately...
Kiranshahx: Raaz 3 was amazing and pretty scary. More good acting from @bipsluvurself would highly recommend this film
KindAnkush: RAAZ-3 ROCKS.....
keshav2611: Just watched Raaz 3 its really scary. A very good 3d movie.
KattholicA: RAAZ 3 IS awesumm<3
KareenaDeewani: Raaz 3 FANTASTIC Film:) @bipsluvurself You Were MindblOwing Girl What An Acting AMAZING U Were Rocking PerfOrmance By You:) Must Watch Film
just_fr_u: Raaz 3 .... heavily talked today... good horror with good casting ...no doubt a blockbuster..
JusnaRahman: Raaz 3 was an amazing film! I loved it! :D thumbs up from meeee!!
Jonty_10: Watched RAAZ 3 today in 3D. It's a nice horror movie. The performances are really good. Music is nice as well.
JitainFounta: ...Pura paisa wasul, awsme movie RAAZ 3...
jagbirs223: Raaz 3 good aa movie :)
iamantriksh1: raaz 3 awesome movie...!!o_O
Goyal_Shubham: today i enjoy sunday with frends with Raaz-3 N one more think in cinema and their 75% girls N Boys 25% i m shock so nice n gud movie
GouravDhar1: Itz rly a bloodrushing 1......c #Raaz-3,,,,,,,
gaurshailendra2: Raaz 3 big hit story
Emraanfreak: Raaz 3 is fantastic movie, another blockbuster #EmraanHashmiHitMachine
dhruvpuri2050: Raaz 3 is a brilliant horror movie. Bipasha and Emraan were awesome and so were the 3d effects. Must watch for all horror fans.
DevilofImpurity: Raaz 3 - story 7 sound/fx 10 cinematography cud hv been better... But all in all was a good movie! The fx scared d shit outta me!
codebreakercb88: Just watched RAAZ 3 full paisa fasool movie yaaaar.....
Chhota_Dilbert: A day after Raaz 3 : I'm damn thirsty, bt cant drink water at home coz i just dnt trust my envious roomies nymore #MovieLessons @Nirmal0707
ChetanMotiwalla: Congrats to the Raaz-3 team. Super stuff.
CherrishV: Raaz 3 is an awesome movie
chahat040694: raaz 3 was supper entertaining... #EmraanHashmiHitMachine
CeliJohn: Not a fan of Horror films but Watched Raaz 3.If u r a Bipasha fan then don't miss it.She's done a fab job as a seductive black magic woman.
catchThenappan: Raaz - a delightful horror http://fb.me/1DHoNwd1N
Anuragfz: Raaz 3 Loved it.... Just go for it. U won't be disappointed like ek tha tiger. Full on paisa wasool. 3-d Mai best hai. @bipsluvurself
ajay2cool89: Raaz 3 quit gud movie
RajaRjchinmoy: Raaz 3 was just time pass,, one time movie,, i like joker more,, its fun but ending naahhhh....
Ra_bia: Raaz 3 can't believe it but btr 3d effects than most hollywOod movies and engaging first half tOo bad the film was let down in 2nd half
pushkar_shukla: Raaz-3 in 3D..!!! One time watch movie..!!!!
manandesai94: Just watch raaz 3 2dae in 3d 1st ever movie in 3d it was quite ok..
Mamtasankhla: 3D and bips acting saved Raaz 3...
Lemme_Rock: Raaz 3 movie #notbad :)
guptalaksh: Raaz 3 a decent attempt to revive horror in Bollywood...
atyra_bachchan: Raaz 3 Review : Powered by Sex and Horror, Raaz 3 is still a one time watch @Bipsluvurself is spirit of the film,she is very powerfull act
abhishekjack: Raaz 3 sought of kind of interesting boring !!!!!
yash647: Raaz 3 sucks !
Wolverin3: Saw Raaz 3.. Wish one of the spirits would have murdered me instead.
vSAMosa: Just saw Raaz 3. As bad as expected. So not disappointed. Vikram bhatt is easily among the more successful comedy directors aajkal.
varunquiet: #Raaz 3 was a nice comedy flick,wid some horror scenes in between
toomuchjalsa: My 3 year old nephew's coloring book looks more convincing that the effects in Raaz 3
TheRogerRamit: Raaz 3 was so stupid..it reminded us of the Ramsey brothers flicks..! What more can one say abt dat..?
tantanoo: Thanks to Jism 2, Raaz 3 isn't the worst movie of the year.
tanmays: Raaz 3 is real boring!
sugarstylik: okay raaz 3 was a sick film
solanki_aashish: Raaz 3 could have been better.. Apart from 2-3 horror scenes its not worth a watch..
snehal_gandhi: Raaz 3 is so terrible and pathetic that they should rename it to Naraaz 3.
shobhit1310: #raaz 3....@ b!G °d!appointment°
RaviKapoor: I'm amazed at the reports which say: "'Raaz 3' is shattering records at B.O." It just shatters your ears with it's useless shrieks. #fail
RavalSiddhraj: i hate raaz 3 :P
ParanoidPrasoon: Raaz 3 Bakwaas...True copy of movie INSIDIOUS
Ohfakenews: The only horror thing about Raaz 3 is possibility of Raaz 4. Audience will suffer 3hrs torture again by this real life bhoot - Bipasha Basu.
nazeeyaT: Today I watched Raaz 3 in bits... who would manage to get frightened by that stuff?
Navkaran_Singh: Raaz 3. Good comedy :p
namanbothra: Mahesh bhaat movie are degradation hindi cinema....Wat a fake acting by al d character in Raaz 3..
mhkbalchandani: Raaz 3 is a total money waste ..!!
late__kate: Raaz 3 is somewhere between comedy and bad action. There is a lookalike from Davy Jones crew. And there's boobs. Also, Ganpati Bappa Morya.
karanndrums: Raaz 3 took it's name too seriously. Story, Horror & Suspense - all three - were a raaz! #fb
KaaDigeKangaLu: Raaz-3 didn't make me have a nightmare! So, final verdict: not an effective, full fledged hirror movie!
iluvpotatoes09: Just got out the movie theatre watched Raaz 3.. It was horrible and pathetic. A few thrills here and there but other than that, it was bad.
HSNahar: raaz 3 sik movie in 3D
harshsin: RAAZ 3...what a let down! Anything closest to scary was Bipasha Basu...in her supposedly seductive avatar :(
gypsyqveen: You got scared during Raaz 3!!! #FunnyBreakupExcuses
FuggleSnuk: Njoyin .. sorry.. gettin bord while watchin Raaz 3 in 3D.. ;) http://twitter.com/FuggleSnuk/status/245046676031696896/photo/1
fugensoftware: RAAZ 3 DABBA FILM
fcuknair: RAAZ 3 IS EFFED UP -__-'
deepak112537: Raaz 3. Totaly freaking looser.
cosmic_loverr: Raaz 3 is boring me :\
Chin_das: Raaz 3 has the worst story ever. Flop to the core!
BumedOutNeetu: Raaz 3 Sucks To Da Core.. Its Not A Horror Muvie Buh Fo Sua A Comic Muvie.. :D
balveen03: Raaz 3 was over-hyped I cld say hehe!!!
amishra77: I think some people are confused about my Raaz-3 rating. I give it a 5 stars on rating scale of 1 to 5 trillion.
ahmad_aftab: Raaz 3 Super Duper Flop Move.... Don't Go to Watch.....!!!
Against_Pseudos: Raaz 3 review: Walked out in 40 minutes. Free ticket made it easier. I have walked out of SRK movies too despite paying for tickets!
249nehaa: raaz 3..umm..comedy of horror :O ;))
Want to Watch, by TimELiebe : Let You Know When I See It, But Sounds Like Fun
Yay! Thumbs Up, by Amar Singh : Good to watch
Yay! Thumbs Up, by Avnish Jain : Go for hit.. One of the best Horror Flicks
Yay! Thumbs Up, by maulik7 : One of the best horror flicks to watch out for in year 2012.
Yay! Thumbs Up, by New Punjabi Movies
Yay! Thumbs Up, by shiva : 100
Yay! Thumbs Up, by silvan : Superb film
So-So, by Punjabi Movies List : 87
This page has additional observations, other than the ones noted in the main review.
Shanaya (Bipasha Basu), a successful actress is being dethroned by newbie Sanjana (Esha Gupta). Shanaya doesn't take this too well and wants to regain her crown by hook and by crook.
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it seems like big horror movie as previous raaz but still am waiting for the review at <a href=3D"www.bollywood4family.com">bollywood4family</a>
Raaz 3 Reviewed !!
Vikram Bhatt's Raaz 3 an another sequel to raaz 2 doesn't resembles anything related to raaz and raaz 2 except the name SANJANAAAAAAA (Hope you guys remembered)
Vikram Bhatts directed Raaz 3 is an another Horror flick by bhatt's family and this time its better, superior, and frightening..
The 3D effect makes your fear run on in your nerves for couple of shots. It gives you 440 Volt ka jhatka for few scene..
The story line is superbly directed and this time its a sensible story within horror flicks.
I personally dont get any 440 ka jhatka in horror movies but there were 2 shots which were beautifully shot and it made me feel, Yes M watching a horror movie.
A revenge story, with black magic, overall nice shooting locations, very good VFX effects make it over all a good movie !!
Background score is superb and it makes you feel a horror situation entirely..
Acting wise, Bipasha steals the show completely and no one could do better than her.
Emraan Hashmi is going great with his acting as well as her kiss scenes.
Esha Gupta couldnt find any scope as shes the trapped soul so most of the time she has to just sit and act !!
Over all go and watch this in 3D if you love horror movies, It will surely do not disappoint you by any chance...
Its better than 13B, Click, Raat, Purana Mandir, Band Darwaza, Bhoot but comparing with the Original RAAZ it still lacks the punches !!
I found the film decent, though nothing new yet it was quite scary and 3D was well done for once as per Bollywood standards.
Some scenes were quite scary btw one thing to add in ur notepad meetu, how come a director after getting best director award directly announce the best actress? A ghost calling from a phone when he could go directly and send the msg?
@Meeta : Does the movie really have Esha Gupta stripping off her clothes and running naked in front of a crowd? Or was all that talk just a publicity gimmick?
@Anuj Well, her character Sanjana does run around naked, but it is covered up with railings, etc by keeping the camera at appropriate angles. There is no frontal or posterior nudity.
@Meeta : Is it really a better 3D experience than the likes of Ra.1 and Don-2?
@Anuj not really...though a cockroach scene you asked about is decent 3D in terms of managing to creep you out, but there too credit is to the cockroaches scene rather than the 3D, i'd think.
Meetu! u seem to have a problem with most hindi films
@Silvan here you go http://wogma.com/movie/barfi-review :P And actually more at http://wogma.com/rating/5/basic/, http://wogma.com/rating/4/basic/, http://wogma.com/rating/3/basic/
Btw some portions are not explained properly, like the satan not able to kill esha when he would have no problem killing the maid?
Also the liplocking scenes were crudely interwoven
I still doubt this is the first 3D film as Chota Chetan(1996) I remember was the first 3D film in india and then Vikram's own Haunted
@silvan oh most certainly this is not the first 3D film from India!
Hmmm - why do I think you've just reviewed my American Bollywood Fan Club's Halloween movie, Meetu? :D
@TimELiebe ha ha ha...it will be a good laugh for sure :D
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