It’s time to say goodbye to the Raaz franchise: Mahesh Bhatt

Raaz Reboot featuring Emraan Hashmi, Kriti Kharbanda and Gaurav Arora, is set to hit the cinemas this Friday. However the Bhatts, who have produced all the four movies of the 'Raaz' franchise, are set to take a curtain call on their most successful offering. Mahesh Bhatt says, "This series, which has nourished and sustained us for 14 years, has finally come to its glorious end. 'Raaz Reboot' is by far the finest human take that has been woven into the horror genre by VikramBhatt."

Vikram, who helmed the first, third and fourth instalment, says each film has offered something new to the viewers. He elaborates, "We have always had stories of human angst and relationships. 'Raaz' (2002) was not about just being married, but what it means to be married. 'Raaz' 3 (2012) was about someone who doesn't give up fame and refuses to fade away. In 'Raaz Reboot', you see how secrets can be the enemy of love. Usually, you don't find this kind of a world view in horror movies. 'Raaz', as a series, has a lot to offer to viewers in terms of story, emotion, music and something that they can take back home." Mahesh stresses that it has given them memorable moments for life. He recalls, "When Paul McCartney came for the screening of the first film, he couldn't sit till the end as he had to catch a flight. But while leaving, he was humming 'Aapke pyaar mein hum savarne lage' and kept looking back at the screen. When he called upBipasha Basu and told her that she reminded him of Sophia Loren, she thought someone was pulling a prank on her. Going to the studio at midnight to check out the result of the cockroach scene, which was brilliantly created by an Indian VFX team in 'Raaz 3', was an exciting moment for us."

Elaborating how the series has not only benefitted them monetarily but also earned them credibility as a banner, producer Mukesh Bhatt says, "We were going through a rough patch but this franchise turned the tide for us. It became a trendsetter and a blockbuster. Each film in the series gave me extra muscle and power as a filmmaker. When I look back, it's been a fulfilling journey."

Mahesh Bhatt also says, "Emraan is a man of few words. In this matter, the choice is ours as we are the architects of this franchise. 'Raaz 3' was his biggest hit. It's time for us to say thank you and bid goodbye to the 'Raaz' franchise as we move on into a new uncertainty after this."

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