Movie Review: Raaz Reboot A Great Spoof On Horror Movies!

Vikram Bhatt‘s obsession with the supernatural subjects is widely known and after making some really good movies  in this genre viz. Raaz, 1920, Haunted 3D etc., he seems to have run out of ideas. Proof? In the last few years, movies like Raaz 3D, Shaapit, Creature 3D, 1920 London Returns etc. written or directed by him did not offer any novelty. However, I did go to watch Raaz Rebooted with a lot of expectations. One, for the franchise and two, I thought after few setbacks Vikram would have upped the game to bring back the audience’s faith back in him. Alas, I was much disappointed. Anyway, more on that later. Let me start with my review.

Raaz Rebooted tells the story of Rehaan (Gaurav Arora) and Shaina (Kriti Kharbanda) who move back to Romania after Rehaan gets a lucrative job offer. The couple although married seem to have a lot going on between them after they shift to Romania. Although they stay under the same roof but they live in different rooms. Soon Rehaan gets busy with his work and Shaina seems to experience paranormal activities in the house, making her believe that the house is haunted. However, Rehaan dismisses her claims and chooses not to believe her which makes her feel more lonely and distant from him.

One day Shaina runs into her ex Aditya (Emraan Hashmi) who tells her that he is been getting nightmares about what is happening to her at her house. Although, she chooses to not believe him, but when Aditya explains each and every incident in detail which she is privy to, she believes him. Aditya also tells her that he knows the reason behind all these activities and Rehaan is keeping a dark secret with her. To find out if Aditya can help Shaina get rid of the evil spirit and what ‘Raaz’ Rehaan is hiding from her, you need to watch the movie.

Like pointed out by me in the start of the review, Vikram Bhatt disappoints the audience’s expectations by making a ‘khichdi’ of all the horror movie plots he has made in the past and also from others and tries to serve as a new movie. The story does not offer anything new. The sequences do not provide anything new, nor does the movie offer any chills or thrills popularly associated with this genre. All the more, one can easily predict how the movie is going to unfold and there is no surprise element. The scenes with the Raven, wall crawling and bent backward pose by the possessed woman or the possessed woman eating insects, eye in the wash basin etc are done to death. The only twist he has given is that no mantra just ‘Mangalsutra’ is the biggest ‘hathyar’ against evil spirits. If Vikram Bhatt had put it across that he is making a spoof of horror movies then I am sure this would have been a great show and tell example

Performances by the lead actors are again a mixed bag. Emraan brings on board his years of acting experience and therefore does not disappoint. Gaurav Arora is promising, although the first sequence of the movie when he and Kriti’s character are shown entering the house, his expression seems to be flat and wooden, however, if you excuse that one scene, you will see a potential powerhouse of a talent in the rest of the movie. Few scenes stand out like the confrontation scene with Emraan Hashmi and the emotional breakdown scene towards the end of the movie, Gaurav stands his ground. A great outing for Gaurav and I am sure in the coming days he will only get better. Kriti Kharbanda in her debut Hindi movie seems to be quite amateur and does a bad job, especially in emotional scenes and her possession scenes. If any other actor would have got an author backed role, she would have made a kill for it, alas, Kriti falls flat on her face. I would rather blame Vikram for not extracting the best out of her, the way he did with Bipasha in the first ‘Raaz’ movie.

The music by Jeet Ganguly and Sangeet-Siddharth Haldipur is quite nice but not as good as the first movie in the series (I am sorry for comparing both movies, as I feel, the first movie was the best in this series and I am glad even the producers Mukesh and Mahesh Bhatt has realized that they do not have anything fresh to bring to table, therefore, announcing this to be the last in the series.)

The cinematography by Manoj Soni is superb, the way the snow laden landscapes of Romania are captured is breathtaking. Also, the set designer has done a great job bringing to life some really great pieces of Romanian furniture on screen.

On the whole, the movie is a spoof on horror movies, rather than being a horror fest. Moreover, I would like to give my rating only for the music and performances by Gaurav and Emraan. Sorry, this movie didn’t work for me at all.

My Verdict: 1/5

Let’s Talk Films With Gaurav Arora – The Mystery Boy!

Today in Let’s Talk Films With, we have one of the most promising actors to hit the tinsel-town who also happens to be a good friend of mine. He is also the blue-eyed boy of the Bhatt’s who have cast him in one of their most successful franchises – RAAZ REBOOT. Here are some excerpts from our short conversation where we had some good fun over discussing movies. 


What kind of movies you love to watch & how many in a day can you watch?
I love allllllllll kind of films.. around 3 to 4, not more (winks).

Since what age are you watching movies?
I was in a boarding school and I used to bunk my evening preps, cross the fence and go the nearest theatre (smiles). Then when I was in class 5th I got caught miserably (guffaws).

Who is your favorite actor and us his/her favorite performances you have liked?
Hmm… It would be Al Pacino in Godfather, Scent of a Woman and Scarface.

Have you ever imagined yourself to be a superhero and tried to wear your briefs over your pants and tried to save the world?
Of course, I have but with my briefs under my pants (guffaws) would LOVE to do one soon (winks).

What is your secret fantasy when it comes to movies and movie stars?
I wish to work with some super cool directors and some super hot heroines (winks) & only if I could be a part of my favourite films.

The most bizarre movie you have ever watched?
Jack Ass.. but I laughed and laughed and laughed….(laughs) the thought of it makes me laugh now.


Your favorite movie and why?
Rocky…. you know this film motivated me the most when I was at my lowest and It helped me and how! And, if a film can touch you like that, nothing else matters (smiles).

The corniest dialogue you have ever heard?
I love corny dialogues..(laughs). Fully filmy… like How Arshad Warsi would give names to people in Munna Bhai MBBS – Baal ki dukaan, Chilly chicken, Dispensary and all… hilarious!

A movie dialogue you tend to use often or comes to your mind now?
My most favourite is ‘main aaj bhi pheke hue paise nahi uthata’ from Deewar. Bachchan sahab ki baat hi kuch aur hai (smiles).

Any filmmaker you would want to maroon in an island for making crappy movies?
A few (bites his tongue) cannot take names (laughs) too early for that.


What’s your next project?
Vishesh Films’ RAAZ REBOOT with Emraan Hashmi and Kirti Kharbanda.

Congratulations for that and may the movie put in the top league of movie stars (smiles).
Thank you so much and yes would like to congratulate and wish the best with your next novel – Alfie. I am sure it will be a huge bestseller (smiles).

Well, thank you (smiles). Any message to fellow movie buffs?
Just go watch have fun and enjoy films – in theatres (winks).

Thank you, Gaurav for taking out time and being a part of LTFW and hope you all the very best for your future.
Thanks and I loved being a part of LTFW too. You actually made me laugh the loudest with your questions (smiles).

So guys RAAZ REBOOT is releasing soon and I would request you all to go and watch the movie in the theater. The promo also looks amazing and you can watch the same exclusively here;

Movie Review: Love Games – Bad Execution, Good Performances!


This week saw the release of Vikram Bhatt’s Love Games starring Tara Alisha Berry, Patralekha and debutant Gaurav Arora, alongside the brilliantly crafted and loved The Jungle Book. Vikram Bhatt remembered for brilliant movies in the past viz; Kasoor, Ghulam, Raaz, Fareb, Awara Pagal Deewana etc. dishes out a not so brilliant movie this time.

The story starts with the Ramona Raichand (Patralekha) a sex addict, losing her husband in an accident. Immediately you see her finding peace in the arms of her fuck buddy Sameer Saxena (Gaurav Arora) and drugs alongside playing a grieving widow in front of the society. Sameer aka Sam, on the other hand, is a rich, lonely son of a wealthy businessman who is addicted to self-harm, drugs and sex. He also consults a psychiatrist (Rukhsar) for his depressive state owing to his dark past. Bored with his life and to find some adventure he decides to accompany his sex buddy Ramona in ‘Love Games’ which is a game of infidelity where it is all about seducing happy couples and getting laid with them. Sam has to score the wife, while Ramona has to go for the husband and whoever gets laid first wins. And the loser will supply a week of cocaine to the winner!

Amidst this game, things get serious when Sam falls in love with Dr. Alisha Asthana (Tara Alisha Berry), married to an abusive criminal lawyer Gaurav Asthana (Hiten Tejwani). Sam’s growing closeness to Alisha does not go down well with Ramona who wants Gaurav to still remain her fuck buddy and fulfill her sexual desires. What happens to Gaurav who is stuck between his love for Alisha and an obsessive sex maniac Ramona forms the rest of the story .

To start with the movie has a novel plot which no one has witnessed in Bollywood yet. However, Vikram Bhatt as a director fails in executing the same. Also the backstory for each character to justify their act is not very convincing. Gaurav’s character seems to be the way he is because his mother left him and his father to be with another man. Patralekha’s character is dark because she does not believe in love as she was repeatedly raped by her uncle when she was a kid and her boyfriend left her pregnant. Tara’s character as the tortured and battered wife has no justification apart from her husband being a powerful lawyer who will not spare her if she tried to divorce him. These theories do not justify the characters completely. The dialogues are corny and at times sound really boring. On the story level the Bhatts had a great idea but as it was developed into a script and later transferred to the screen, it remains a half-baked and boring movie.

Coming to performances, Gaurav Arora for a debutant has got a very complex character to play and he justified the same with his performance, expressions and body language. It’s a great debutant performance by him and will shine out with future movies. Tara Alisha Berry is a revelation. She has come out with a natural and mature performance and at times your heart goes out to her. You feel like comforting her and could feel her pain even though the character was not well-developed. She is one talent to watch out for in the future. Patralekha who came out with a brilliant performance in CityLights fails a bit. Her voice for a matter does not compliment the dark character she portrayed. She sounds screechy and it would have been better if Vikram could have dubbed her voice. At times she goes overboard with her performance. However, one cannot write her off as she seems to be a director’s actor. Hiten Tejwani is a miscast. He looks and acts uncomfortable and therefore this brilliant actor could not get into his character and do justice to the role. He is awkward and uncomfortable in the sexual scenes as well.

The music is not that great when you compare with the excellent compositions one associate with Vishesh Films and T-Series. The editor couldn’t do much when the screenplay itself was bad.

Overall, this is one movie that has some good performances but a lackluster content. Could have been better.

My Verdict: ** (extra one star for the actors)