Like Vidya Balan’s ‘The Dirty Picture’ and Kareena Kapoor’s ‘Heroine’ upcoming movie ‘Raaz 3’ also deals with downfall of a heroine from stardom.
Filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt said that they had taken a very realistic incident and added horror and black magic elements to the movie to the make the movie more interesting.
“The need for Bollywood stories is enormous, people are enchanted with it. There is a reality of the industry that we know. We have given the film a horror idiom by including black magic. The story is very much true,” said Mahesh Bhatt to a PTI in an interview.
In the movie Bipasha Basu plays an actress going through a turbulent time. Esha Gupta plays a young actress who is at her peak and has replaced Bipasha Basu as a top actress, while Emraan Hashmi plays a director. Bipasha Basu is so desperate to regain her lost popularity that she turns to black magic to sabotage Esha Gupta’s career and win back her love Emraan Hashmi.
Filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt said that Bipasha Basu was her perfect for the role as in real life too Bipasha Basu was going through a turbulent time.
“It also coincides with Bipasha Basu's life where she is feeling the breath of extinction as the younger girls have come in who may elbow her out. Today Bipasha is not as safe as she was 10 years ago when she came into the industry,” he said.
He said that the movie dealt with people’s desperation to stay on top and hence the title ‘When desires become evil’.
“There is a fierce competition that exists among film stars and their appetite to stay on top can make them do anything. We have known people in the industry who have conned or have gone to the extent of killing their associate,” he said.
The filmmaker also said that the movie coincided with the life of its director Vikram Bhatt.
“Vikram came from a very vulnerable point in his life. He had just come out of a traumatized relationship with an actress,” he said.
Mahesh Bhatt did add that the movie wasn’t aimed to malign the image of the actress through their film.
“It was not to malign the girl. It was to show how we as human beings in the world of entertainment are so pathetic when it comes to losing it. Whether it is the heart breaking story of Rajesh Khanna spiraling down into the abyss or it is Vikram's own beloved girl who would throw a fit in the middle of the night because she feels that she is losing her stardom,” he said.
“All this is somewhere a part of our industry. Celebrities flashing at parties and premiers are not the same in real life,” he added.
Earlier Jacqueline Fernandez was to play the role of Esha Gupta but the actress walked out of the movie as she refused to wear skimpy clothes and get intimate.
“Jacqueline was going to do the film. Post ‘Murder 2’ she had some reservations with the kind of clothes that Vikram wanted her to dress up in. He felt that there is basic discomfort that had sunk in her mind,” he said.
“There is a certain amount of erotica in the film which is necessary. We gracefully parted ways. Jacqueline has complete right to a say a no if she is uncomfortable,” Mahesh Bhatt concluded.
‘Raaz 3’ is all set to hit theaters on September 7.