‘Raaz’ is one of the most successful horror film franchises of Bollywood. Over the years, the franchise, which is known for its bloodcurdling storyline, picturesque locations and soothing music, has seen a total of four films under its belt. Excluding the last film ‘Raaz Reboot’ (2016), all three previous films of the franchise have been immensely successful at the box office.
All four films – ‘Raaz’ (2002), ‘Raaz: The Mystery Continues’ (2009), ‘Raaz 3D’ (2012) and ‘Raaz Reboot’ (2016) have been produced by Mahesh Bhatt and Mukesh Bhatt under their production company Vishesh Films. The first, third and fourth installments of the franchise were directed by Vikram Bhatt, and the second film in the series was directed by Mohit Suri.
The first film in the franchise ‘Raaz’ featured Bipasha Basu and Dino Morea in the main lead. It hit screens on 1st February 2002 and opened to stupendous response of the audience and broke several box office records within a few days of its release. Made on a shoestring budget of 8-10 crores, the movie minted Rs. 37 crores by the end of its theatrical run. It was the second highest grossing film of the year 2002 behind the Shah Rukh Khan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan starrer ‘Devdas’. The second installment of the series, ‘Raaz: The Mystery Continued’ released on 23rd January 2009. Featuring Emraan Hashmi, Kangana Ranaut and debutant Adhyayan Suman in the main star cast, the film garnered mixed reviews from critics but the audience quite liked the movie and made it a hit. Made on a budget of Rs. 15 crores, the movie made approximately Rs. 34.5 crores.
‘Raaz 3D’ was the third outing of the franchise, which made entry into cinemas on 6th September 2012. Toplined by Emraan Hashmi, Bipasha Basu and Esha Gupta, it garnered overwhelming response at the box office. It made a worldwide collection of Rs. 97 crores. ‘Raaz 3D’ was the first 3D super hit of India and the second highest-grossing film of Vishesh Films. The fourth and the last part of the series ‘Raaz Reboot’ released on 16 September 2016. Emraan Hashmi, Kriti Kharbanda and Gaurav Arora head the star cast of the film. It opened to extremely poor reviews and was declared unsuccessful right after.