Ragini MMS does little justice to its name. Using
the MMS simply as a backdrop, the film is a thriller-horror which could
have been set practically anywhere.
The plot: A naïve young couple, Uday (Raj Kumar Yadav) and
Ragini (Kainaz Motivala) set out to enjoy an intimate weekend at a
farmhouse on the outskirts of the city. However, while Uday is aware
that the house is rigged with cameras, both of them are unaware of the
paranormal spirit which resides there, bringing a lot of unexpected
twists and turns to their outing.
The good: Raj Kumar Yadav has an excellent performance to his
credit, while Kainaz too is impressive. The cinematography mainly uses
handheld cameras. Coupled with the hidden cameras, the outcome is
refreshing, realistic and interesting. The first half of the movie is
engaging and keeps the viewers hooked, while the soundtrack completely
reflects the essence of the theme. An interesting feature is the
screenplay where intimacy and horror have been cleverly balanced. Some
of the scenes remind you of James Franco’s struggle in 127 Hours, but
since it is not overdone, it works in favour of the film.
The bad: Although the film belongs to the horror genre, the
first half of the movie fails to evoke any horror save for the
soundtrack. The latter half seems stretched out with repetitive shots
and the story inching forward painfully slowly. The camerawork which
starts off on an interesting note, ends with an overdose of the same.
Also, the film has completely relied on its soundtrack to generate
horror, with very little on the visual front. The climax is kind of
abrupt which leaves the audience wondering what they have actually seen.
Overall: Although this is a good attempt at the horror-thriller genre, the audience’s wait for a real horror film continues.
– Nikita Periwal