Towards the pre-climax of the movie, a pret-aatma (spirit) tells a very delectable looking Bipasha, “Jo ek zinda aurat ek zinda mard ke saath karti hai, who tumhein ek pret-aatma ke saath karna hai. Bolo manzoor hai?”. Now, before all of you let your imaginations run wild, the pret-aatma was only asking for a badminton match or maybe doing the dishes or cooking dinner together. We (the audience), however are not able to see what exactly she does with him but I am pretty confident it was a badminton match, very much like the greatest badminton match ever played. Needless to say, she obliges and gets what she wants in return from the pret-aatma. For me, this entire sequence was the high point of the classic that is Raaz 3D.
Vikram Bhatt is a genius and hopefully he gets his due in the annals of Bollywood, for he understands what Indians want. Indians want to laugh. Loud. He gives them that in the garb of horror. He is working on the bleeding edge technologies (3D in Indian cinema) and storytelling (Black magic, Bhagwaan vs Shaitaan) here. Since Aamir Khan has decided to make everyone weep, Vikram Bhatt decides to be the higher man and make everyone laugh and he is highly successful. Raaz 3D is splattered with laugh out loud moments interspersed with scenes of Emraan Hashmi kissing both the lovely ladies (once, almost on public demand).
Also, there are lessons on deductions, which will put Sherlock to shame. Eesha Gupta looks at Emraan Hashmi and offers him whiskey on the rocks. Bewildered, he asks how did she know, only to be dismissed with a “you look like a ‘whiskey on the rocks’ guy”. Really? Lady, he sells Cobra deodorant for God’s sake.
We won’t get into the plot or the holes within because that will be defeating the purpose of the filmmaker, which is to provide “entertainment, entertainment and entertainment” (Ring a bell?).
There are the standard template fillers and horror movie staples. Go really near the mirror, TV screen, washbasin sink and such like so that you are right there for a deathly choke grip by a hand that can spring from those surfaces. You obviously do not feel it is necessary for you to switch on the lights or wake up people if you are scared in the night. Anyways, we won’t go further into the plot holes as we won’t be able to come back alive.
There are tantriks, black magic, pir babas, “Kya Raaz hai” type songs, God vs Satan and deus ex machina type elements. The tragedy is the 3D. A comedy that doesn’t need 3D has been thrust upon us (I saw half the movie without those painful glasses).
I was keenly waiting for the third installment of the Raaz franchise and I am glad to say, I am not disappointed. The pay-off is massive. It reminded me of the episode in Flop Show by Jaspal Bhatti where he gets an award for the best comedy when he had made a tragedy.
Yes, I was entertained.