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Raaz - The Mystery Continues
Ram Gopal Verma's 'Bhoot' may be a bit more horror-specific, but 'Phoonk' and '1920' have been equally frightening.
Significantly, this is one of the most successful movies of the Bhatts inasmuch it has the best of the performances by its cast, the director as well as the music director. Mohit Suri has proved his competence without any doubt. We wish he had paid as much attention to its climax as he has devoted towards the beginning and the middle parts of the movie.
Incidentally, one of Prithvi's paintings reveals her as dead. The only way left for her is to unravel this mystery with Emraan's help! But the moot question is if she would believe Emraan and risk her love as well as her life to unravel this mystery?
Mohit and his screenplay writer Shagufta diligently build the story by depicting Emraan and Kangna Ranaut's first encounter at a mall, then inside an elevator and yet later when the spirits attack her at the New Year bash coupled with her experiences in her bathtub and also when she looks at the mirror. All these as also when angry bulls attack Emraan and Kangna lead the latter to jump off a cliff.
Most of all, the movie has an advantage of a 4-day long weekend with January 26 being a Republic Day holiday. The analysis will not be complete without admiring the excellent performances of the lead cast -- Emraan and Kangna earning laurels from the audience. Adhyayan Suman also leaves a huge impression especially towards the climax. Jackie Shroff isn't far behind and fully justifies his role though brief.
While Emraan is a sure shot for a Mahesh Bhatt movie, Mohit picked up Adhyayan Suman as a second hero? In spite of these changes Mohit successfully shot the movie in Britain's Yorkshire and India's Mumbai, Pune and Shimla within three months.
It is said that the Bhatt camp may add one more movie to their Raaz brand. Incidentally, two more movies - 'Aasma' starring Hrishita Bhatt and a new face named Shubh, and Mandira Bedi's '42 kilometer' are also releasing today, though in the left over multiplexes of Delhi and Uttar Pradesh.