Footpath (2003) was his last film with uncles, Mukesh and Mahesh Bhatt. Now, after almost a decade, Vikram Bhatt comes back to the family camp with Raaz 3D. Quiz the prodigal son on his return and he readily admits his mistakes.
“I was very young and naïve when I walked away from Bhatt sahab (Mahesh Bhatt) and Mukeshji, who had done so much for my family and me. They made me a director, but I’d forgotten the meaning of gratitude. It was petty and I realised this when I walked the spiritual path,” says a candid Vikram. “I went back to tell them I’d do anything to help. They knew I’d learnt the 3D technique and used it successfully in Haunted—3D (2011) so they suggested that I do Raaz in 3D.”
Vikram had directed the first Raaz in 2002 that featured Bipasha Basu, another Bhatt protégé who’s returned to the fold for the third film in the hit horror franchise. “Bipasha is a friend, we picked up from where we’d left off. And she’s the same Bipasha she was a decade ago — full of life and a lot of fun. But now, she’s wiser and understands the game.
It’s not easy to fool her anymore,” he laughs.
Earlier, Bipasha had refused a film with Emraan Hashmi, who had been an assistant director to Vikram during Raaz, insisting that he looked younger and that he was even shorter than her. But she will finally be seen with the actor in Raaz 3D. “Emraan is a successful A-grade star now and that changes the equation,” reasons Vikram. “During Raaz and Footpath, Bipasha and Emraan were both newcomers, who didn’t know what was good for them. Now they know better.”
Has Dino Morea, who was also in the original Raaz, been roped in for a cameo or a promotional appearance? “No, he’s not a part of Raaz 3D. We’re taking the franchise forward, not making a sequel, so there’s no reason to bring back former actors,” says Vikram.
Now that he’s back with Vishesh Films, will he helm Raaz 4D too? Vikram laughs, “Are they making Raaz in 4D? I don’t know, boss (Mukesh Bhatt) jo bhi bolega karega (Whatever the boss says, I will do).”
Bipasha is a friend, we picked up from where we’d left... now she’s wiser and understands the game.