There are some movies which really don’t deserve to be made under a particular genre. Fame, if it gets to your head, makes you do things that are in no way human. That’s what Raaz 3 wanted to tell anyway. And with the prospect of all the dark evil forces lingering around in 3D, what the user gets is bucketloads of horror-crap thrown at him from one more dimension. Yes, this Vikram Bhatt’s preserved secret had so much more dread attached to it before it was revealed, that after the revelation you feel totally disappointed. And hopeless. And crappy.
The story told is that of a reigning movie actress Shanaya (Bipasha Basu), losing her throne to a younger starlet Sanjana (Esha Gupta). Shanaya believes that worshipping god has been of no use to her, so in order to destroy Sanjana, she switches holy with the evil lords of black magic. A dark spirit (Manish Choudhary) hands over some water to Shanaya which’ll help her in possessing Sanjana’s spirit. Sanjana then turns to her boyfriend Director Aditya (Emraan Hashmi), who signs up Sanjana for his next film, and makes sure that she regularly consumes small doses of the evil water. But pretty soon he falls in love with her, and how they fight off evil together forms the rest of the story. Which is not much, frankly.
The first half of the movie is good, at least it has enough ‘horror’ moments to carry us through it. But the second half is downright lame. It’s as if the director didn’t even attempt to hold the story together. If the unbelievable ghosts and spirits anchored your imagination, the delivered dialogues make sure that the anchor sinks deep deep down in the blue. Performance wise, Bipasha Basu has done a good job as Shanaya, and to her credit, she emotes and dances better than Esha Gupta. Emraan Hashmi has a few expressions to him, but the movie fails to do justice to them. Esha Gupta thankfully switches ON her ‘Emote’ button at the very last. Music is not worth a second hear, and the movie could’ve done better off without them. Even better VFX usage would’ve taken this movie to a different level.
Overall, if you mix the ingredients of cliched Indian beliefs with some horror and some sex, half-cook the same, and garnish it with 3D, what you’ll get is Raaz 3. Tasteless stuff this. Channelize your spirit on some better movie.