Raaz Reboot, a film written and directed by Vikram Bhatt, is the fourth one in the horror film series Raaz. This film is actually a reboot, since it just refreshes our memories of previous Raaz series. It does not bring any novelty in the horror genre from Bhatt Camp. As in all the Bhatt films, the music in this film is really great, which is the only solace. But the songs are not interspersed properly in the screenplay. This horror flick is very much clichéd. The beginning appeared to be promising, but just 15 minutes into the film, the plot seemed very much familiar. It is very easy to predict that who is the antagonist playing the evil spirit. And then the mantras and tantras to drive away the spirits begin, entry of extortionist to kick out the spirit, all looked so much familiar.
Cast and Crew Details (Source: Wikipedia Page)
Cast: Emraan Hashmi (Aditya), Kriti Kharbanda (Shaina), Gaurav Arora (Rehaan)
Directed by: Vikram Bhatt
Produced by: Mukesh Bhatt, Mahesh Bhatt, Vishesh Bhatt, Bhushan Kumar, Krishan Kumar
Written by: Vikram Bhatt, Girish Dhamija (Dialogues)
Cinematography: Manoj Soni
Edited by: Kuldip Mehan
Music by: Jeet Gaanguli, Sangeet Haldipur, Sidharth Haldipur
Production Company: Vishesh Films, T-Series
Distributed by: Pooja Entertainment
Release date: 16th September, 2016
Duration: 2 hours 08 minutes
The film begins with Rehaan (Gaurav Arora) and Shaina (Kriti Kharbanda) relocating to Romania from Mumbai. It was Kriti’s insistence that Rehaan should take the new job offer in Romania. Rehaan was not at all keen to take up this offer and shift to Romania, but he finally decides to relocate. This is where he had first met Kriti five years ago, fallen in love, proposed her and decided to get married. The initial shots itself make it clear that there were some strong reasons for Rehaan’s uncomfortability in relocating back to Romania. There is some secret behind this. Though they shift, the difference of opinion between Rehaan and Shaina does strain their relationship (this was so illogically portrayed).
Then the story unfolds further and gets into predictive mode. Shaina gets to see somebody in the house, she starts feeling the presence of someone in and around her. She is sure that the house is haunted. Various regular patterns of evil spirit’s appearance along with special background music follows. Shaina finds it difficult to make Rehaan believe. But Aditya, her ex-boyfriend (Emraan Hashmi) believes Shaina. Together they try to find out answers to their queries.
How the identity of the evil spirit is explored? Who is the evil spirit and what is its motive? What could be the secret of Rehaan ? What is the role of Aditya in this film ? How does Rehaan ultimately believe Shaina ? There is no second opinion that one would not find any challenge in finding responses to these queries, since the plot itself is very much predictable. You might have seen all these in previous films of Raaz series – Raaz, Raaz-The Mystery Continues and Raaz 3D.
The performance by Kriti is average. Gaurav and Emraan have comparatively lesser screen time but they are good, although nothing much to do.