Raaz the Mystery Continues—the Review

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Once you think about it, a smelly fart is somewhat like an evil spirit in that it is incorporeal, cannot be seen or photographed, inflicts suffering and is extremely difficult to exorcise. This is why when in “Raaz the Mystery Continues” Nandita the heroine hears sinisterly hoarse devilish voices and unseen-to-everyone-but-herself images of bloody messages being scribbled , messages that say “Tum asuddh Ho. Tum Sar chuke ho” [You are soiled. You are rotting] I kept wondering as to the nature of the “soiling” and speculating on the real mystery behind the twisted faces of the damned and their tortured expressions.

If only the movie had been about an infernal smell that arises from eating too much oily food, “Raaz the Mystery Continunes”, the latest offering from the stables of the Bhatts, would have been mildly original.

However it just stinks, made up of recycled bits of horror cliches and sequences from movies like the Ring, assembled in an environment-friendly way.

This is not to say that “Raaz the Insanity Continues” does not have moments of horror. Sure it does. The hair stands on the back of one’s neck everytime Adhyayan (or is it Adha-man) Suman appears on the screen, (recently in the news for being gifted a BMW Series 7 on his birthday by his dad “Shaker” Suman on account of his hard work and his “friendship” with co-star Kangana RunOut, lately in the news for asking reporters in what can only inspire horror “Is Republic Day Independence Day or the other one?”) [link courtesy: Shubhadeep Roy]. Everytime one of the poor sidey actors meets a grizzly though predictable end, much terror is created but more of the “How bad is this going to get” type.

And the biggest horror of them all?

Emran Hashmi is by far the best actor here on view.

Now if this does not scare you, then you are already dead.

I would have discussed the strengths of the movie and the stand-out sequences in my own words but then again why go through all the effort when Taran Adarsh describes it all too well in his typically well-thought-out review.

Mohit smartly builds up the atmosphere. Sample these: Emraan and Kangna’s first encounter at a mall and minutes later, inside an elevator; the New Year bash when Kangna is ‘attacked’ by spirits; Kangna’s experience in her bathtub and also when she looks at the mirror; Kangna almost jumping off a cliff; the highpoint sequence, when angry bulls attack Emraan and Kangna. Incredible sequences all!

While Kangana’s experience in her bathtub may appear to be the most interesting for mystery-lovers (considering we do get a flash of an exposed body part), let me assure you that the angry bulls attacking Emran and Kangana should not escape your notice (considering that the bulls are so obviously “special effects”) and I am sure that you , in the words of Adarsh, will watch it with your “eyes and jaws wide open”.

That is if you do choose to watch “Raaz the Mystery Continues”.

In summary, avoid this movie like you would a haunted house on a moonless night.

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23 thoughts on “Raaz the Mystery Continues—the Review

  1. From the article making fun of poor Kangana’s English: “There have been incidents when Kangana’s English have raised eyebrows. We even heard that she had tried to brush on her English.”

    Pot, meet Kettle.

    Unrelated note: Chandni Chowk to Chinatown was playing at the mall multiplex here in my little corner of Alabama. Any opinions on whether it’s a worthwhile use of my $5.75 for a matinee?

    On another unrelated note, it’s a scary thought that the unsuspecting residents of my little corner of Alabama are being introduced to Bollywood by Akshay Kumar. But that’s another story.

  2. Wasn’t Kangana in the news for being slapped around (verbally) by Shekhar Suman recently?

    Haunted house on a moonless night ๐Ÿ™‚ Based on this review, I will take the 80s Horror films any day – the Ramsays and such – there was Huma Khan in them..sigh…

  3. Why is it that in every movie Kangana Ranaut’s character is slightly crazy or something..?

    btw.. Dev D’s music kicks ass!!

    @wafa..
    (quote)
    Unrelated note: Chandni Chowk to Chinatown was playing at the mall multiplex here in my little corner of Alabama. Any opinions on whether itโ€™s a worthwhile use of my $5.75 for a matinee?
    (unquote)

    dude.. they should pay u that money to watch it.. it is just full of every kungfu bollywood film stereotypes and cliches..

  4. kangna s english shows no signs of improvement. whatsoever.
    one can enjoy raaz by playing the game of spot the original english film for every sequence.
    2 of the funniest comments I read about raaz was that this film has india s first Green Bhoot. and 2ndly times of india review compares emraan hashmi with colin farrell. favourably … that is.

  5. Arnab,

    Have you watched ‘Slumdog’? Well, despite the usual stereotypes, I liked most of it. What was interesting was the numerous times that Mithunda references, specifically ‘Gunmaster G9’ references, were made. Check it out, as proof of Prabhuji’s international fame. ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. In the good old days, a Saamri or Purana Mandir with great actors like deepak parashar and kunika provided us with genuine moments of terror. They have been replaced with jokers like Emran Hashmi

    I miss those days !!

  7. There is a great song in Raaz, two actually. I thought Mahi was superbly sung by a new singer called Toshi. Sonu does a good job in Soniyo as well. Those are perhaps the only attractive things about the movie.

    However, Emraan Hashmi is not all bad. He has done a pretty good job in some films like Awaraapan and Gangster.

  8. @Wafa
    I’d prefer alabamians introduced to bollywood by Akshay kumar than the usual – SRK (barf), Trashwarya etc.

    @bong
    “Tum Sar chuke hoโ€ – what’s with ppl. using R in place of D. who came up with these hinglish phonetics… ?? ?? ??

  9. The only two things that were very scary in the entire movie were Emraan Hashmi’s egg-shaped eyeballs – which looked like they would pop out of their sockets any time. ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. I know, very Indianized version of ‘The Ring’. It was like sushi with sambhar masala, boondi and deep fried. For totally twisted reasons I enjoyed this one!

  11. This is almost a case of its so bad its good!
    After being underwhelmed by Slumdog, I wanted a total cliche masala movie, and who better than the Bhatts to turn to in times of dire need!

    Sequences generously lifted from Ring and Mirrors and with such a noble justification that they could have renamed it Casper considering that was the last movie with such non-scary ghosts!!

    Yeah but Adhayan is scary! Long shots and soft focus should do well with him!

  12. i dont understand one thing ….why dont you ever review movies like Fashion, Oye Lucky Lucky Oye or Aamir or A Wednesday, Dasvidaniya…all of them truly honest efforts. They are not flawless but far better than these bottom of the lot, crappy movies that you just cant seem to get over with. These are ,probably, movies of the year 2008, when otherwise we reminisced pathetic Akbar romancing Jodha, or got sick of SRK’s another of countless parakeet make-up acts or even an [probably only] intelligent actor like Aamir falling to the vagaries of brain explosion, not to mention embodiments of horrendous stupidity: Drona & Love 2050.

    Please!

  13. GB stick to writing more for this category…happened to browse through rediff and read another review on SM…saw you have been quoted there…seems your fan base is increasing day by day…good going

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