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Raaz: The Mystery Continues

  | March 07, 2014 09:48 IST
Raaz: The Mystery Continues
  • Genre:
    Horror
  • Cast:
    Emraan Hashmi, Adhyayan Suman, Kangna Ranaut
  • Director:
    Mohit Suri
An avenging activist ghost in an environmentally friendly film inspired by a Kabir doha.? This is surely a Bollywood first.? Raaz: The Mystery Continues, directed by Mohit Suri, is about a fashion model, Nandita played by Kangna Ranaut, who enjoys a happy live-in relationship with a successful television journalist, Yash played by Adhayan Suman.? Life seems hunky-dory until one fine day, when Nandita is pursued by an artist Prithivi, played by Emraan Hashmi.? Prithvi, for reasons, never explained, creates paintings that predict her future.? I thought Prithivi, with unblinking eyes and monotone expression was scary enough but obviously Suri wasn't content.? The horrors pile up, mostly in a bathroom the size of a Mumbai apartment and before you can say Exorcist, Nandita is levitating and speaking in a man's voice. ? Believe it or not, the mystery leads back to a small town named Kalindi, a well lifted straight from The Ring, which itself was a copy and a pesticide plant.? I understand that horror movies follow their own peculiar logic - the number one rule is that when something spooky happens, a character never bolts out of the door like any normal person would.?Instead he walks directly into the path of danger. ? But Raaz aspires to a new level of foolishness. So when a slashed, bleeding and recently airborne Nandita is sitting scared in a Church, Yash casually suggests that they get married. You see, he creates a show that exposes superstition and doesn't believe in higher powers. And he doesn't change his mind, even when a sickly grey hand lunges at him out of nowhere and leaves him bleeding.? ? The first Raaz, which married the Hollywood film What Lies Beneath with the myth of Savitri who pursued Yamraj until her husband came back to life, had a cheesy appeal. This Raaz is a big bore. The scares are tired and Suri doesn't know how to pace them out.? So, every minute, something awful is happening, from a bull attack to mutilation and murder.? Was I scared? Not once. This mystery was better left discontinued.?
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