By Shevaal Singh
Rating: 3 Stars (Three Star)
Star cast: Bipasha Basu, Emraan Hashmi, Esha Gupta.
What’s Good: The horror in the first half , Bipasha Basu’s acting takes the scripting to a whole new level and the amazing special effects in 3D and the Music as well as the fashion!
What’s Bad: The flawed and predictable scripting and it was story of convenience and the non-stop screaming in the second half.
Watch or Not?: Watch it for Bipasha Basu’s amazing performance of pure evilness.
Shanaya Shekhar (Bipasha Basu) performs the character with a finesse that one might – she sweeps you off your feet. Whether with her devilish laughter ringing in the ears long after one leaves the theatre or with the bloodshot eyes where all the raaz resides, Basu casts a spell with her Shanaya!
Emraan Hashmi, by now, has been able to strike a chord with his audience. After a not-so-acclaimed Sonu Dilli KKC in ‘Jannat 2’ and an extremely well-received Joginder Parmar in ‘Shanghai’, Hashmi has managed to prove his detractors wrong. His acting skills are way more convincing now, and he manages to perform the Director-in-dilemma well enough – both when he is kissing and when he is not.
Esha Gupta has taken her performance several notches higher, but at times is overshadowed by the others. The fact that she is just one film old in the industry might work to her benefit, but her acting requires polishing. As the coy, shy, lovelorn Sanjana, Gupta is charming. Comparisons with the film’s predecessors are inevitable given that it is the third in the franchise. Esha performs way better than what Kangna did in ‘Raaz 2’, but Bipasha in the first one is undoubtedly the one who shines steadily among the trio of the damsels in distress.
Vishesh Films and the Bhatts have a way with the music in their films. 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.
Do not miss Raaz 3 showing at cinema’s worldwide in 3D !!