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Ragini MMS  : Where’s the MMS?
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Friday, May 13, 2011
Thriller / Horror
Pavan Kirpalani
Kainaz Motivala, Raj Kumar Yadav
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

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