Emraan Hashmi returns to the third part of the Raaz franchise in the role of a film director, Aditya, torn between two women — a fading superstar (Bipasha Basu) and a promising new actor (Esha Gupta), who’s set to take her place in his films and his life. Plotting revenge, the jealous predecessor resorts to black magic.
Quiz Emraan on whether he’s ever been caught in a similar situation in real life and the star admits that it did happen once during his college days. “I was torn between two women, but not in the way it happens in the movie. There was no dabbling in black magic, thank God,” he says, admitting that he recalled the situation when filming the thriller. “As an actor, you draw inspiration from your own life.” Emraan and Bipasha have worked together in the past. He was an assistant director on the sets of her second film, Raaz (2002). Vikram Bhatt was to direct Emraan’s debut film, Footpath (2003), that was then being scripted, so he followed the Raaz unit to Ooty. It gave him a chance to observe Vikram at work and he says the experience was useful while shooting for Raaz 3.
“Aditya has a little bit of Vikram, the first director I met after entering the industry,” he says. “He hasn’t changed much in these 10 years and is still very chilled out. Neither has Bipasha changed — the hardworking trooper of Raaz who surrendered herself to Vikram. She’s only grown as an actor.” Emraan says he has also drawn from other directors, including uncle Mahesh Bhatt. “I’ve grown up watching Bhatt saab. In fact, after working with so many directors, it was easy for me to play Aditya.”