Sanjana and Aditya Dhanraj go to a remote hideaway in Ooty (India) to work on their failing marriage. Aditya has been obsessed with work and has realised the error of his ways after Sanjana has a car crash. At the cottage surrounded by forest Sanjana starts to feel she's been harrassed by a spirit of some sort but can't figure out why it's picked her nor what the spirit wants. AFter getting no support from her husband who thinks she's imagining things, Sanjana confides in a local girl who recommends she contact a professor who's an expert in this sort of thing. It seems the spirit is of a girl Malini but now Sanjana along with her new friend and the professor have to find out what Malini's spirit wants with Sanjana and/or her husband.
Raaz (meaning "Secret") was released in 2002, a year in which there weren't many hit Bollywood films. Devdas was the highest grossing film of the year and surprisingly Raaz came second. I hadn't really heard anything much about the film before I watched it apart from the fact that it was a thriller. Doing some research on the film I found that it was based on the Hollywood film "What Lies Beneath" although having read the synopsis for "What Lies Beneath" the story has been altered considerably and also has a very different ending.
Bipashu Basu (who plays Sanjana) was Bollywood's darling around the time this film was released and she's been pretty popular ever since. I have seen her play this role or very similar in a few films but I wasn't overly impressed with her acting skills in Raaz. She spends most of the film either upset or frightened so basically she has two expressions stretched to the limit throughout the course of the film. She is no doubt a beautiful woman and being a fellow Bengali I sometimes feel I should be singing her praises, but alas, she hasn't overly impressed me in many films and Raaz was no exception. She did a LOT of screaming in the film and by the halfway point I wanted to mute her voice permanently! Everything she did in the film just seemed to be over the top. I wasn't quite sure why she was nominated for Filmfare Best Actress Award for this film (although she didn't win).
Dino Morea (who plays Aditya) is an ex model turned actor. He's very attractive to look at but a great actor he aint. I would say his role in Raaz was definitely secondary to his co-star Basu. Although his role in the mystery is fairly important I didn't find that he made the role his own. At the time of filming Basu and Morea were dating in real life so they did actually have pretty good on screen chemistry although they do spend a fair part of the film at loggerheads (maybe it was a case of art reflecting true life as they parted ways that year and she has been dating the gorgeous John Abraham since then). I found with Morea, he was mostly on screen to look sexy but not much else. It was rather difficult to buy his character as a successful businessman either.
The professor was played by Ashutosh Rana and I have to say he seemed to be the most bonkers character in the film. Everything he did was just was over the top, so much so that one wonders how we, as viewers, were supposed to take him seriously as an educated man! He certainly didn't come across as someone educated, from his first appearance on screen he gave me the creeps and I was waiting for him to turn out to be a bad guy (not that I'm telling you either way if it happened or not).
The film didn't end the way I expected it to but to be perfectly frank, I struggled to sit through to the end of the film, so I wasn't even guessing at any point as to how the film might really end. I couldn't even be bothered to watch the film in one sitting. There were as usual random song and dance routines thrown in - I know I've said this before about other Bollywood films - but there really is NO need for thrillers to be be MUSICALS too, it just doesn't work. The music director might have attempted to make the songs atmospheric but it didn't work for me, and as I do very often, I listened for a minute or so to each song before hitting the fast forward button on the remote control (thank God I didn't go to see this at the cinema as it would have been sheer torture)! The film went on for a very long 150 minutes, a good portion of that could have been cut with the removal of the songs.
Some of the so called "scary" scenes dragged on for so long that they became almost comical (which definitely was not the effect they were going for). I didn't find the special effects for the film very convincing at all and felt it was a shame they couldn't have been more credible, after all, the film was made in 2002 not 1962, they would have had much better access to special effects by then! Overall there was also too much background music in the film which made it difficult to follow the plot at times.
Overall, I'd rate Raaz 2 out of 5. I don't personally recommend it as a decent film to watch and as a thriller it's even more of a let down. As I mentioned above, I haven't seen "What Lies Beneath" on which this was based but I think my time would have been much better spent had I watched that instead; at least I know Michelle Pfeiffer and Harrison Ford would definitely have made a better job of their version!
Release date: 2002
Starring: Bipasha Basu, Dino Morea, Ashutosh Rana, Shruti Ulfat, Malini Sharma
Director: Vikram Bhatt
Producer: Mukesh Bhatt
Writer: Mahesh Bhatt
NB: film only review
Well I am going to write a review of a Hindi movie "RAAZ" means secrets. Well this is a horror movie and I am fan of horror movies. Lolz
Actually if you see this movie you will really be sacred as its really a scary movie. I thought that effective horror movies can only be made in Hollywood but by making RAAZ Bollywood has proved that talent is still alive in India.
This is a romantic movie as well as horror one.I think this is the most scary movie I have ever seen in Bollywood.
The main story revolves around Sanjana and aditya.I think the story is superb and seems to be original one. The horror effects are superb. The sound effects are really very original and scary.
Songs of the movie are very attractive. The best song in this movie is " aap kay payar mein hum sawar nay lugay dekh ker apko hum nikharnay lugay is kadar apko humse muhabat hui bazoon mein hum bikharnay lugay"
Well over all I think this movie is too good and I suggest you to watch it if you like horror stuff but not recommended to those who have senstive heart. lolz.
Producer: Mukesh Bhatt
Directer: Vikram Bhatt
Starring: Bipasha Basu, Dino Morea, Ashutosh Rana, Malini Sharma, Shruti Ulfat
Music: Nadeem Shravan
"Raaz" a movie by vikram Bhatt came in 2002 and proved be a movie different regular cinema that the was struggling at the box office in those days... Raaz a low budget movie and no big names associated with faired surprisingly well at the box office purely on the basis of its different plot and probably which was silently demanded by the audience too. It also gave way to a new lease on life for Bollywood's virtually non-existent horror genre.
Raaz's storyline and plot seemed to be inspired from a lot of Hollywood movies, however since most of the Indian audience stick to watching the bollywood flicks... Raaz proved to be reasonably good and efficient change for the viewers. A film thats full of long shot horror sequences along with over-stretched silences that are broken with spine-chilling sound-effects.
It's a story of Sanjana Dhanraj (Bipasha Basu) who is struggling to save her marriage with her husband Aditya (Dino morea) for which they go back to their first home in Ooty (the place where they first fell in love) But to her shock this time the house is haunted by the spirit of a girl named Malini(Real name also Malini). Sanjana hears a lot of screams , gunshots and witnesses a lot of odd in the house for the revengeful spirit wants Sanjana to feel her presence in the house. (The Movie is a suspense thriller so I shall not reveal as Why the spirit is after Sanjana & her husband and what all the spirit does to harm them.) She comes across a professor Agni (ashutosh Rana) who has a lot of knowledge about the dark side of the world.
So then How & What all sanjana does to get rid of the evil spirit. And Why exactly is the spirit after the two is how the movie proceeds... The Actors have done a reasonable job... Remarkables are Malini who leave quite a lasting impact & Ashutosh who is quite entertaining in an over-the-top performance as the supernatural expert and who actually make you believe the character to be true. Vikram (Director) has done a fabulous job, Rather than inculcating the horror quotient directly and right from the start of the movie... he introduces the chills while building the horror as the film takes off... The songs of the movie are decent but doesn't really go with the feel of the movie... yet some of the songs are melodious!!
A decent movie of its genre..worth a watch.
HaPpY Watching!! =)
Raaz ( Secret)
In the mid 60s there came an euphoria, a craze,on the Hindi screen called Rajesh Khanna, who later, with an amazing fan following, went on to create history of sorts in the Indian film industry, unbeaten to this date.
Rajesh Khanna began his film career with Akhri Khat (1966), which flopped miserably at that time. The movie is being hailed today as a trend setter, with one of the best mucsical scores by Composer Khayyam.
Raaz was one of the earliest films of superstar Rajesh Khanna, released in 1967 produced by G.P.Sippy , a suspense thriller Raaz (1967) was directed by Ravindra Dave, which may also be considered the first notable film of the superstar. But this film too received lukewarm response by the audience. However, the melodious music score was a great hit with the public.
The story of Raaz ( Secret, Mystery)
Kumar (Rajesh Khanna) living in Africa comes to a small place in India to make some personal investigations along with his friend Ricky (I.S.Johar) . He had been having recurring dreams about an unknown place, where he kept seeing a railway station and the name of the place was Viraan nagar. They arrive at the place and Kumar is amazed to find the place exactly as he had seen it in his dreams. There are more surprises with people drawing away from him with fear as if they had recognised him and were in fear of him.
The two friends decide to get to the bottom of the mystery. Kumar meets a pretty girl Sapna (Babita) , who is very happy to see him and tells him that she had known all along, that he would come back to her some day. He comes to know that they were childhood friends who had fallen in love and later had planned to get married before he (his lookalike?) had gone missing.
Kumar also meets a villager Bansi (Asit sen) who is scared of him in the beginning, but later tells him that, Kumar had been killed and buried a few years back, and that's what made the others fear him...The naive villagers believed him to be a ghost.
Kumar becomes very interested in the whole mysterious episode and decides to dig deep and find out more about the missing look alike and realises that his own life is in danger, being threatened by an unknown person.
Whatever the outcome of this film was in 1967, I personally liked this film. Many reasons for that - it is that period of time in the history of Indian cinema that I like the best , where not much could be wrong with a film, the sixties, which had a charm of its own.
Rajesh Khanna is sans his mannerisms, the typical head shake and the branded costumes- he looks smart and handsome in this film. He has done a good job with his role, showing that he was a talented actor right then at the beginning of his career.
Babita known for her glamorous image looks ravishingly pretty. She was a successful star who acted in very few films, almost all of them were successful barring this one. But she had her limitations , since she was never known for her performances.
I.S.Johar as Ricky is good.He was a very talented actor who has been vastly underrated. His comic roles are great and he made many successful films, acted in some Hollywood films as well ,but sadly never got the recognition that was due to him..
The movie has a gripping suspense well kept right till the end and the music just great.
Kalyanji Anandji duo have given some wonderful tunes.
Rafi's very Romantic ... Akele Hai Chale Aao Jahaan Hoo...this has a Lata Mangeshkar version too. There is a lovely Mukesh- Lata duet ' Dil sambhale toh' , and a great Rafi duet with the rarely heard Krishna Kalle, a classical singer -"Sochta Hoon Ke Tumhe Maine Kahin Dekha Hai Yaad Karta Hoo Magar Yaad Aata Nahin Hai" picturised on Rajesh khanna and Babita.
I would safely say that this film is definitely a good entertainer ....much better than watching any of the films that are made today.
Details of the film
Cast: Rajesh Khanna, Babita, I.S.Johar, Asit sen, I.S.Johar, Ratnamala, Kamal Kapoor, Harindranath Chattopadyaya...
Music: Kalyanji Anandji
Run time : 142 mins
Details of the DVD
English Sub titles
All region DVD
Dolby Digital Sound
Digitally mastered from the original film
Interactive menus of songs & scenes for Easy Access