A surprise business and critical success, Raaz possessed a gripping plotline, sultry cinematography, a hit soundtrack, and most importantly, brought to life the “horrex” genre. Likewise, need to discuss the memorable Malini Sharma.
I dislike horror. Yes, I am a scaredy cat and I can not be bothered to hide it. I blame it primarily on myself. When I was 6, I made the mistake of slipping into the TV room in your home, and seeing Ram Gopal Varma’s Raat on a summertime afternoon. I couldn’t sleep for a week after that, and when I would lastly doze off, too worn out to remain broad awake, I would be riddled with headaches. Raat was a scarring experience, and I must add that, while the movie was extremely made (this is a six-year old’s opinion– I have clearly never rewatched it), it must be traumatising even for adults.
My interest in Raaz, on the other hand, was puberty-driven. The film had stunning people, and had some generous sex scenes (some would even call them “unjustified” by 2002 Bollywood standards). The film-making and cinematography was so hypnotic, that I remember watching the entire film (once again sneakily, on a regional cable television channel, some random afternoon when my folks weren’t around).
A little research study throws up why Raaz is an im