The movie review of Ragini MMS on ApunKaChoice.com. Full credit to the film’s actors Raj Kumar Yadav and Kainaz Motivala for their incredibly natural performances. If you are a sucker for horror films, Ragini MMS is tailor-made for you.
Sex, Chudail and Videotapes, anyone! Ekta Kapoor’s Ragini MMS holds out a heady concoction, a new cocktail of horror, humour and hawas — all shaken and stirred to tickle, titillate and then scare the living daylights out of you. On top of it, the voyeuristic, hand-held camera work (Tribhuvan Babu), combined with excellent sound work (Faizan-Agnel), makes the film so hauntingly real that the faint of heart could be advised an immediate ECG after a viewing of the film.
Ragini MMS – Movie Review
Paranormal Activity and The Blair Witch Project are clear inspirations, but Ragini MMS is still disturbingly different, particularly when compared to the Ramsay-inspired spook-fests…err…spook-jests that the lovers of horror genre in India have been surfeited with. There are no grotesque ghosts with horrible make-up, no spaced out tantrics blabbering about a tormented atma seeking mukti, no esoteric revelations meriting a grin. What we have rather is the shadow of a chudail who claims she’s not one, and freaks out the sexed up lovers out to have a dirty weekend in the bungalow that she (chudail) claims is her home.
Ragini MMS – The Plot
Young lovers Ragini (Kainaz Motivala) and Uday (Raj Kumar Yadav) arrive in a desolate bungalow for a sex-filled weekend. Uday, it turns out has an ulterior motive. The bungalow is rigged with secret cameras and his plan is to make a porn movie with Ragini and then sell it out in exchange for a couple of movie roles he’s been promised by his boss. But things go horribly wrong for the couple as they are haunted by an unseen presence in the house, a woman whose shadow appears now and then in the mirror or in the background and whose gruffly intonation — Main chudail nahin hoon. Maine apne bachcho ko nahin maara — sends a chill down your spine.
As the backstory is somewhat casually laid out by Uday’s friend — the bungalow houses the spirit of an old woman who was accused of being a witch and of killing her children and was therefore unjustifiably slain. She now lays claim to the bungalow and torments anyone who ventures therein.
Ragini MMS – Performances
Kudos to director Pavan Kirpalani for making a film that looks and sounds utterly real. The dialogues are sprinkled with everyday casual banter that any young couple indulges in. There are some genuine chuckle-worthy scenes — like when Uday’s friend Vishal gets creamed in the foreplay itself and his girlfriend puns on his name. Even the scenes when Uday is dumbstruck with terror evoke a grin or two. But slowly and creepily, the mood changes and the kinky sex toys cease to be funny and what you have is a hapless girl handcuffed to a four-poster bed, with a dead body on the side and an evil ghost on the loose. A truly chilling scenario.
Full credit to the film’s actors Raj Kumar Yadav and Kainaz Motivala for their incredibly natural performances. Their intimacy is so real and without a shade of inhibition. But their best comes through in the second half when the film gets seriously scary.
If you are a sucker for horror films, Ragini MMS is tailor-made for you. Don’t miss it.
Ragini MMS Rating: 4 stars out of 5