The horror genre in Hindi cinema still hasn't found its right footing nor has it managed to carve a niche in the minds of the audience. Time and again we've had cliched cake-faced, long nailed, shabby haired spirits lurking meaninglessly around haunted houses grudgingly seeking revenge of something gone wrong with them in the past. In such times comes Ekta Kapoor's scary date movie Ragini MMS. Now whether it manages to bring some chill or not let's find out.
Ragini (Kainaz Motivala) takes to a weekend getaway with her boyfriend Uday (Rajkumar Yadav) to a bleak dilapidated bungalow amidst a forest. Ragini is in love with Uday but Uday has different plans altogether. He devices this trip and bugs the entire bungalow with cameras in order to make a sex tape. However, his plans get foiled by an impending terror which looms large on them. What happens to the couple next is what forms the rest of the story.
Quite like many other horror flicks, Ragini MMS too has a long haired, cake-faced spirit avenging her and haunting the house. It is also a very clear adaptation of Hollywood hit Paranormal Activity. However, where it differs from the rest of the others in the horror genre league is it narrative and treatment. Very rarely do Indian horror films manage to scare you. But this one surely brings a chill down your spine and makes you tuck your face under your hands. The grab footage feel that's been a rage in Hollywood horror flicks gives Ragini MMS a very realistic and believable feel making it all the more petrifying.
Director Pawan Kriplani doesn't rush into things by having the ghost in your face time and again. A common error committed by many filmmakers. Pawan instead instills terror among the viewers very subtly using all the scary elements of a horror film like light effects, sounds, creaks, moans etc. He also plays a smart move by fusing sex in between timely paranormal activities keeping you glued to your seats. What doesn't work in the film's favour is its length. The initial 20 minutes could have been snipped off if the filmmaker wanted a prolonged shot of Ragini's encounter with the evil.
On the acting front Kainaz is perfect in her part of a petite love-sick girl and Rajkumar Yadav is brilliant as a cheap, despicable boyfriend.
Over all, Ragini MMS is a good sex-o-horror film. A perfect blend erotica and horror.
Critic: Mansha Rastogi
(3 / 5) : Good