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Some Raaz are NOT best left UNSOLVED!
Jan 27, 2009 04:34 PM 2691 Views





When a film with the name ‘Raaz’ comes up in theatres, you naturally expect it to be something like its predecessor. After all, Raaz (2002) had scared the daylights of everyone! But one may find Raaz-The Mystery Continues disappointing. Sure, the film has a good story, wonderful performances and music. However, it is not at all scary and that’s where it fails. But still, the film can be viewed as a good thriller.

The story of the movie: Nandita (Kangana Ranaut) is an ambitious model. Her boyfriend is Yash (Adhyayan Suman) who runs a popular television serial named ‘Andhvishwas’. And of course, he doesn’t believe in superstitions and supernatural existence. On the other hand, there’s a gifted artist Prithvi (Emraan Hashmi) who suddenly starts getting intrigued by Nandita’s visions. He paints these scenes on canvas and realizes that the scenes which he sees are actually the tragic accidents that are going to occur with Nandita. He tracks her down and warns her. At first, she doesn’t believe him. But when his predictions turn out to be true, Nandita decides to take necessary action. But is it too late? And who’ll help her? Will her boyfriend, who doesn’t believe in all this, be there to support him? To find out the Raaz, watch the film!

Raaz-The Mystery Continues begins well and some of the scenes are really well shot and executed. The film completely engrosses you-no two opinions on that. But where’s the horror? Barring two scenes (the ATM scene and the murderous chase by the mad bulls), there’s not a single sequence in the film which will send a chill down one’s spine. The film is promoted as a horror fare. But with hardly any horror, the film may not be liked very much even though the film scores at many places.

Many scenes leave a mark. It was interesting that all the scenes painted by Emraan turned out to be true! Emraan’s entry was terrific. You expect the film to turn brilliant in the 2nd half. It does to some extent but only in the last 25 minutes. The flashback sequence was effective. The climax was ordinary but works. And that’s a speciality of Bhatt films-simple scenes which must be beaten to death hundred times before will be executed wonderfully, making it extraordinary!

However, the film leaves one puzzled since some questions were unanswered, till the end.

Emraan Hashmi as usual comes up with a solid performance. He may not be looking the best, but registers a strong impact, right from his first scene. His dialogues especially ‘Logonko daraana/chaukana mujhe achcha lagta hai!” was quite funny! It’s great to see Emraan, who was considered by many as ‘an actor who can’t act’ doing a superb job in each of his films! Watch out for his next flick, Raftaar!

Kangana Ranaut comes up with another power-packed performance! It’s great to see her in challenging roles in each of her films and doing total justice to them! Coincidentally, she has always played a role of ‘damsel in distress’ in all her films (except Shakalaka Boom Boom)! But we are not complaining!

It would be great to see her opposite Hrithik Roshan in the film Kites where hopefully she won’t be doing etching a role of distressed woman!

Adhyayan Suman was a complete surprise! He gives a confident performance and can surely go places! Also, kudos to the Bhatts signing Adhyayan for this film. They had the choice to take Shaad Randhawa for the role of Yash too. But it’s great that they opted for Adhyayan, giving Bollywood a new face! The film also has Jackie Shroff in a special appearance. He was just great. Others were good too.

The four music composers-Toshi, Sharib Sabri, Gourav Dasgupta and Raju Singh come up with some fine music. Good music has always been a plus point of all Bhatt films after all! All the songs of the film (Maahi, O Jaana, Banda Re, Kaisa Ye Raaz Haiand Soniyo) are rocking! ‘O Jaana’ is well composed and also deserved to be as popular as ‘Maahi’.

Ravi Walia’s cinematography was perfect for such a ‘horror’ flick! The film also has excellent special effects!

Shagufta Rafique, the screenplay and dialogue writer of this film has also been a part of many Bhatt films since 3 years. She has done a marvelous job in each of her previous films. In case of Raaz, her screenplay was effective but as mentioned earlier, hardly any scene scares the viewer. She tries a lot to instill fear in many scenes but unfortunately, they fail to drop the viewer’s jaws! Same can be said for Mohit Suri’s direction. In fact, Mohit and Shagufta’s Woh Lamhe had scared me more!

Some of the best scenes of the film:

  1. Emraan’s entry

  2. Kangana in the bathroom and the following hospital scene (great one!)

  3. The scene where Emraan tells the truth to Kangana

  4. The intermission point

  5. All songs (well picturised)

  6. Adhyayan in the ATM

  7. Bulls attacking Emraan and Kangana

  8. The last 25 minutes

On the whole, Raaz-The Mystery Continues is a good thriller, but is not a horror film at all. Watch it for the performances of the main cast and for some high-voltage drama.

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