Raaz 3D (2012)
Directed by – Vikram Bhatt
Produced by – Mahesh Bhatt, Mukesh Bhatt
Story by – Shagufta Rafique
Starring – Bipasha Basu, Emraan Hashmi, Esha Gupta, Jacqueline Fernandez
Music by – Jeet Ganguly, Mithoon, Rashid
Release date – September 7, 2012
Anytime you hear that the “Bhatt camp” (Vikram Bhatt, Mahesh Bhatt, Pooja Bhatt) will be releasing a movie, your first instinct is to think of good music. In the past, the Bhatt camp has given us amazing soundtracks for their productions like Raaz, Raaz 2, Jism, Jism 2, Jannat, The Train, Murder, Murder 2, Zeher, Kalyug, Gangster, and the list goes on. So, expectations were very high for the soundtrack to Raaz 3D.
Unfortunately, this soundtrack pales in comparison to the prior music we’ve been given from this camp. In fact, the type of music on the soundtracks released from the Emraan Hashmi-Bhatt pairing is becoming monotonous now. Nothing new. Tracks 5 and 6 are the only ones that are semi-interesting.
Here is a breakdown of my thoughts on the tracks:
Track #1 – Deewana Kar Raha Hai – Javed Ali
No surprise here, but the Bhatt camp has this time decided to copy yet another track from an Arabic tune. This time, the song “Ana Law Azeto” by Mohamed Hamaki has provided the source for Deewana Kar Raha Hai. Javed does what he can to salvage the song, but it’s just so “blah.” You’ll listen to it once, and most likely, will not be inspired to listen to it again.
Track #2 – Zindagi Se – Shafqat Amanat Ali
The opening to “Zindagi Se” is reminiscent of “Zara Sa ” from Janant, and some musical portions will make you recall “Zara Zara” from Rehna Hai Mere Dil Me (yea this wasn’t a Bhatt camp film, but you’ll know what I mean if you hear the song). However, unlike the magic these songs created, “Zindagi Se” has a very short life. It takes a turn for the worse very quickly into the song. The piano is interesting at times, but these small segments are not enough to salvage the song. Singer Amanat Ali does not seem suited to this track and his diction is often pretty unclear. This surprised me since he rocked on My Name is Khan’s “Tere Naina”. Overall, another miss on the album.
Track #3 – Rafta Rafta – K.K
This track was so boring. KK has done much better than this in the past. When I heard it for the first time I didn’t even realize it was KK because it just sounded so average. Just listen to the first 10 sec worth and then skip because the only real words in the song are “rafta rafta”.
Track #4 – Oh My Love – Sonu Nigam, Shreya Ghoshal
Surprisingly even the combination of Sonu and Shreya didn’t manage to breathe life into this track. The track is nothing unique.
Track #5 – Kya Raaz Hai – Shreya Ghoshal, Zubin
This is the only track on the album that finally has a nice beat and offers something a little interesting. However, I couldn’t help but think that it could’ve been even better with the power-packed vocals of Sunidhi Chauhan who has a bigger throw than Shreya Ghoshal, whose voice is better for softer tunes. Still, nothing unique and, for some reason, it felt kind of amateur-DJish.
Track #6 – Khayalon Mein – Shreya Ghoshal
Shreya does a great job with this song, but again, this song is nothing new. It’s a nice tune, but it really doesn’t blow you away. We’ve heard these type of songs before – from the beat to the lyrics and style. However, on an otherwise very mediocre album, tracks 5 and 6 stand out.
Overall: The album is a nice attempt, but this Raaz 3D album, is one raaz (secret) that should’ve stayed hidden.