Cast: Emraan Hashmi, Kirti Kharbanda, Gaurav Arora
Director: Vikram Bhatt
Rating: 1.5/5 stars
The 4th film of the Raaz franchisee and it is a high time the makers should either innovate with the horror or simply stop making the same film over and over again. Raaz Reboot has too much story involved with hardly any scary scenes and that too, any new ones.
The film takes us to Romania where Rehaan and Shaina have moved from Mumbai. They are living in a grand house but since they have come to Romania, Rehaan is pretty much quiet and upset. There are lots of fights between them. Rehaan seems to be hiding something from Shaina but he won’t tell. Moreover, Shaina’s house is haunted and she is seeing weird things happening in the house. Rehaan doesn’t believe her and now Shaina is alone. There comes Shaina’s ex-lover Aditya, who claims that he might help her and her problems. Aditya reveals some secrets to Shaina about Rehaan which will test their love and future.
This is one of the few times you would complain for having too much story in the film. For the horror genre, it was quite abundant where the focus should have been equally on horror. The plot has many twists and suspense which is good for a script but as the director executes it, it is a bore and lengthy matter.
Vikram Bhatt’s Raaz was a brilliant film but Raaz Reboot offers nothing new in terms of horror and innovative scare tactics. Same old basin shots, bed bottom monster and a rip-off from the classic film ‘The Exorcist’. Even the priest’s dialogues and the possessed body’s insulting ‘Fuck You’ quotes are similar to The Exorcist. I admit, initially, a couple of shots are captured nicely to have a jump-scare but then the film is focused on love triangle and betrayal and all those stuff where true intention of the horror genre is lost and it is just another love story to watch.
The songs are not that bad but they distract the scary motive of the film and make it ordinary. Raaz Reboot doesn’t even come close to call it a good scary film.
The performances are average. Kriti Kharbanda does a good job as an innocent girl. She is lovely and shows a genuine pain and passion for Rehaan. Gaurav Arora needs to work on his expression. He has worked better in this film than his previous Love Games. His dialogue delivery has also improved. Emraan Hashmi is entertaining with his twists and adding interest to the film but not as impactful as his other movies.
Vikram Bhatt’s Raaz Reboot is simply an avoidable film which has nothing new to offer and not even a significant horror experience instead it is lost in its love story quest.