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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 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, ZEENEWS.COM : ...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 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
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 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, 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 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 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 ;))
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 !
shubh_upadhyaya: “Raaz 3” a gud movie jst for its 3D effects !!
shubham77559319: raaz 3 rocks in 3d....
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!
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
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.
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
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
RajaRjchinmoy: Raaz 3 was just time pass,, one time movie,, i like joker more,, its fun but ending naahhhh....
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.
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
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