Friday, July 3, 2020

Raaz - The Mystery Continues

Raaz - The Mystery Continues is a Bollywood - movie directed by Mohit Suri,. Starring Emraan Hashmi,Adhyayan Suman,Kangana Ranaut,.

Raaz - The Mystery Continues Cast / Crew
BANNER: Vishesh Films,Sony BMG
STORY WRITER:Shagufta Rafique.

Adhyayan Suman

Raaz - The Mystery Continues Review

Kangana reprises traumatised woman`s role in `Raaz`( IANS Film Review )

Rating: **

A new kind of cinematic heroine was born with Kangana Ranaut in the underrated Gangster. Since then, she has played the dark traumatized woman baring her soul for the camera so many times that you fear her forte would burst open at the seams.

Make no mistake...Raaz belongs to her. As a woman possessed, she carries on this past year`s horror tradition propagated by Vikram Bhatt`s 1920 and Ram Gopal Varma`s Phoonk.

Admittedly, the horror-fest in Raaz is created with more finesse than the other fear flicks that have invaded the large-screen in recent years. But you wonder if this kind of blind faith is not blinding filmmakers to the larger picture regarding the raison d`etre of cinema - to enlighten and educate while entertaining.

Sorry to say but Raaz is neither entertaining nor enlightening. And educational? Well to say that spirits exist, and not just in champagne glasses, in this day and age is going a bit too far.

Raaz parades a posse of perverse horrors. Often it goes brazenly overboard with faces made-up like over-boiled potatoes and ghouls attacking the horrified heroine in a thick jungle where she, and the director, have no business being.

If in Gangster, Woh Lamhe and Fashion, Kangana was possessed by demons from within, here the demons appear to have invaded her body from the outside, jumping at her from bathtubs and mirrors.

On the whole, the narrative relies too heavily on false scares...hands reaching out and grabbing Kangana that turn out to be known comforting ones, door knobs being wrenched from the outside with banshee-like music to create a frenzy of suspense, satanic rites and occultist acts being performed in the dead of the night.

When it comes to expressing the wages of sin, Kangana remains unsurpassable. She pulls out all stops to deliver yet another fearless performance that`s a treatise on trauma. Unlike her last act in Fashion, in Raaz she suffers from an ambiguously-written character although she occupies more space than her two leading men. Till the end, we don`t know what her actual involvement with the macabre goings-on is.

We suspect, neither does the screenwriter.

Emran Hashmi, as the sullen painter who paints harrowing scenes from Kangana`s life before they happen, brings a kind of austere urgency to his part. Looking anguished comes naturally to him. Adhyayan Suman as the reality-television anchor, who carries his penchant for staged realism too far, communicates a certain earnestness in his performance. But he has a long way to go.

Alas, Raaz isn`t the vehicle to take its actors too far. It`s all about making the audience jump out of its seat in horror rather than with aesthetic delight. Its cumbersome heebie-jeebies punctuated by special effects, which can at best be described as slightly scary, do nothing for the horror genre or for the actors who struggle in ill-written parts.

Director Mohit Suri has done better for himself in Kalyug and Woh Lamhe, where he addressed himself to the trauma of a woman forced into a life of reluctant disrepute. Perhaps a woman coerced is more Suri`s domain than a woman possessed.

This sequel to Raaz is finally worth watching for Kangana`s portrait of traumatized womanhood. An act she has mastered. But it`s time now to move on.
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Raaz - The Mystery Continues Synopsis

A brooking artist prithvi experiences mysterious & distressing visions about Nandita a woman he has never met which he paints on canvas. Intrigued by these visions, Prithvi tracks her down and warns her that these are not merely paintings of her, but accidents waiting to happen! At first, Nandita refuses to believe him as an accentric stalker. However, the striking resemblance between Prithvi`s paintings and the near death incidents in her life is hard to ignore. Haunted by a series of deathly and paranormal experiences, her reason crumbles in the face of fear.

Now, one of Prithvi`s paintings has revealed her as a dead. The only way she can change her fate is to unravel this mystery with his help at the risk of alienating herself  from her boyfriend, Yash a rational and logical man who refuses to believe in Prithvi`s premonitions. Will Nandita risk her love and her life to unravel this mystery? Is there no escape?

Are some mysteries better left unsolved, some secrets left unanswered?

Watch the mystery unfold....

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