Raaz – The Mystery Continues

Plot

Raaz – The Mystery Continues deals with issues of the “evil within” the human psyche and how it manifests itself. It is based on the myths and superstitions that are still widely existent in the contemporary Indian society. The film attempts to challenge one’s beliefs about paranormal phenomena. It is about anticipation of fear and the fright residing within ones’ self. Emraan Hashmi plays a painter, named Prithvi, who has an extraordinary gift. His paintings tell Kangana Ranaut’s character’s future.

Cast

* Emraan Hashmi… Prithvi
* Kangana Ranaut… Sonia
* Adhyayan Suman… Yash

Development

Screenwriter Shagufta Rafique in an interview said that the story is weaved around Sant Kabir’s idiom, “Bura jo dekhan main chala, Bura na milya koi; Jo dil khoja apna, Ta mujh sa bura na koi”. Which means that the evil is within oneself and that is the message of the film. The director was changed from Vikram Bhatt (who was the original Raaz director) to Mohit Suri. Mohit has reportedly, added a lot of dramatic space to the film and has played around with visuals and sounds which has led to an extraordinary pace. Mohit got inspired about the movie after reading a lot on Indian mythology, where good and evil are represented in stark contrast. Filming for the movie took place in Shimla unlike Ooty which was used in “Raaz”. According to sources Raaz – The Mystery Continues is set to become the most expensive Bollywood horror movie. Kangana herself was paid INR 60 lakhs for her role in the film. Recent reports say that an assumed nude scene by Kangana has been asked by the Censor Board of India to be deleted from the movie. They also gave an A certificate for the film, leading to a war of words between Mukesh Bhatt and the Board. Mukesh however denied these saying that “Raaz – TMC” got a U/A certificate.

Casting

Originally it was thought that Bipasha Basu would be called for RTMC since she hasn’t worked with the Bhatts post Jism. But later it was announced that she has been dropped and Kangana Ranaut took her place. Even Amrita Rao was considered but she passed the opportunity. Emraan Hashmi joined the cast taking over from Dino Morea. Dino expressed his disappointment with the decision by saying “I’m not disappointed but definitely baffled. How can they make a Raaz 2 without anyone from the original cast? How can it be a sequel, then?” But then it was announced that Raaz – The Mystery Continues is not a sequel to the original movie. Adhyayan Suman plays Yash, a documentary filmmaker who is perceived as an atheist and believes in scientific rationale behind everything. His beliefs are challenged in the film. He is reportedly calling this film his debut, although he debuted in Bollywood with the 2008 film Haal-e-dil. Actress Sonal Chauhan was set to play a part in the movie, but she is not featured in any of the promos or on the official website, hence it is accepted that she won’t be a part of the final film. Incidentally, Kangana again plays a supermodel called Nandita in this film, right after Fashion. Since playing a supermodel, she had to reportedly undergo many types of looks and even changed her hair colour to red. Emraan Hashmi plays a dark character as the painter, Prithvi, who has no contact with the outside world. his character is the main link to the fate of Kangana’s character. According to the actor, though comparisons are evident with the earlier “Raaz”, this film has a different plot and will give a new definition to the horror genre.

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