Raaz 3 is a Bollywood erotic horror thriller film directed by Vikram Bhatt, and produced by Mahesh Bhatt and Mukesh Bhatt. The film is a sequel to Raaz – The Mystery Continues (2009), which itself was a sequel to Raaz (2002), and features Emraan Hashmi reprising his role from the second film, and with a new addition to the cast, Esha Gupta. Bipasha Basu, who was a part of the first film of the Raaz series, has made a comeback to the series after opting out of the second film. Jacqueline Fernandez makes a special appearance in the film.
Raaz 3 Story
The story revolves around Maithli (Bipasha Basu), an actress at the height of her success. She gets offered the best roles and wins all the awards she's nominated for. In addition, she also has a passionate affair with a handsome director named Aditya (Emraan Hashmi). This all ends when a younger actress, Sanjana (Esha Gupta) makes her film debut. Suddenly, Maithli seems forgotten and everybody only wants to work with Sanjana. Soon enough, Aditya also leaves Maithli for Sanjana, and Maithli sees her career fading away and she slowly becomes crazy. She begins to turn to black magic and makes it her goal in life to destroy Sanjana and get back the man she loves, Aditya.
The original choice for the female lead of the film was Jacqueline Fernandez, but she had later dropped out due to not wanting to establish herself as a Bollywood sex symbol, as she was uncomfortable with the tag. Fernandez was later replaced with Jannat 2 debutant, Esha Gupta. She is now reported to be essaying a brief cameo in the film as Malini. It has been reported that Bipasha Basu is going to be playing the role of an actress who is a "prisoner of fame". Actor Dino Morea and actress Kangna Ranaut, who were a part of Raaz and Raaz - The Mystery Continues respectively are not a part of the film.
The film began shooting on January 29, 2012, director Vikram Bhatt explained how confident he is that the film should be completed sometime in Summer 2012 and that Raaz 3 is amongst his most important films.
The Raaz 3 trailer was originally scheduled to be attached with the prints of Rohit Shetty's Bol Bachchan on July 6, 2012. However, it was delayed multiple times due to censoring. The theatrical trailer was officially launched on July 30, 2012 for the media, as confirmed by actress Bipasha Basu. Despite being widely speculated that it would be released to the public also, this was proven false. Later, the theatrical trailer was unvieled for the public as it was released online a day later on July 31, 2012. The theatrical trailer will also be in theaters on August 3, 2012 with Pooja Bhatt's Jism 2, as they are both under the Vishesh Films banner.
Shresht Poddar of Score Magazine, gave it 2 out of 5 stars & said,"Vishesh Films has always been associated with good music and Raaz, as well as, Raaz 2 had set the bar higher. Ironically, this album (as well as the recent Blood Money & Jism 2) have managed to dissolve all those standards to dust. They really need to pull up their socks and bounce back with a chartbuster score in the future." Similarly, as per DunkDaft,"This..is simply below the levels of previous ones. Jeet Ganguly's score for this one, is a downer."
Raaz 3D was released in India and overseas on September 07, 2012. Raaz 3D is India's second ever 3D horror movie.The movie is released in Steroicopic 3D, Imax 3D and 3D worldwide. There are more 3D prints of the movie than it's 2D version. This movie is Emraan Hashmi's first ever 3D movie.
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