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Raaz Reboot Review

Review by IndiaGlitz [ Friday, September 16, 2016 • Hindi ]
Raaz Reboot Review
Banner:
Vishesh Films, T-Series Super Cassettes Industries Ltd
Cast:
Emraan Hashmi, Kriti Kharbanda, Gaurav Arora
Direction:
Vikram Bhatt
Production:
Bhushan Kumar, Mukesh Bhatt, Mahesh Bhatt, Krishan Kumar
Music:
Jeet Ganguly, Sangeet Haldipur, Siddharth Haldipur

Expectations

The Bhatt's (Mahesh, Mukesh and Vikram) are known for making their kind of horror films with fantastic music attached to it. They got their first success in the form of 'Raaz' in the year 2002 after which they made many more horror films and also expanded the 'Raaz' franchise by delivering two more hits in this series.

Though, their last few films have failed badly due to which all eyes are over the latest franchise from this series. 'Raaz: Reboot'. The expectation level is only moderately high due to the past success of this series.

Story

'Raaz: Reboot' is a story of Rehaan (Gaurav Arora) who along with his wife Shaina (Kriti Kharbanda) moves back to Romania. Rehaan is not happy to be back to Romania due to which he maintains a distance with Shaina. Shaina is not happy with this cold treatment of Rehaan and before she could mend things back, she finds a blood soaked laptop in their cargo. This leads to couple of supernatural incidents after which Shaina gets haunted by an evil spirit. Shaina fails to convince Rehaan and at that time she meets her ex-lover Aditya (Emraan Hashmi) who claims to know everything Shaina has been experiencing. Before Rehaan could know about Aditya, Shaina gets possessed by the evil spirit.

The 'Glitz' Factor

The story is interesting as it manages to build up the curiosity level in the first half of the film. The twist despite of being somewhat predictable manages to keep you engaged in the film.

Cinematography is good and does justice to the genre. Locations of Romania are fantastic but fails to justify the flow of the film. Music has been always been a high point in most of the 'Raaz' series. Here in 'Raaz: Reboot', 'Lo Maan Liya', 'Yaad Hai Na' and 'Raaz Aakheein Teri' by Arijit Singh are melodious.

Kriti Kharbanda has a good screen presence and manages to leave her mark in emotional scenes.

The 'Non-Glitz' Factor

The format in this movie is almost similar to what we commonly see in such types of films. The horror quotient is hardly there in the movie. The movie keeps dragging on with forced drama and side tracks. There is forceful usage of foul language, bad make up and illogical mythological solutions. There is nothing new nor exciting in this movie.

Director Vikram Bhatt has done more than half a dozen horror films and has some hits like 'Raaz', '1920', 'Haunted 3D' under his cap. Thankfully, he has let go of the 3D factor in 'Raaz: Reboot'. Though, the horror quotient is almost nil in this movie. Also, there was nothing new or exciting in the story line which could surpass the content and popularity of the earlier films from this franchise.

It's a bland film with forced scenes, language and nudity.Gaurav Arora tries hard to carry the film on his young shoulders but mostly fails. Emraan Hashmi is strictly average in the movie, though you will like his make-up in the finale portions. The makers could have made a much better film only if they would had added more depth and detailing to Emraan's character.

Final 'Glitz'

'Raaz: Reboot' is nothing but rehash of all the old horror films Vikram and his team have made. The saddest part is that the horror quotient is not even one fourth of what we had seen in his earlier films.

Rating: 1.50 / 5.0

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