I have to confess. Firstly, I hate horror stories. I do what Scooby Doo does when he sees anything from the other world. And secondly, I have not seen Ragini MMS. And yet with the ‘spirit’ of writing an honest and worthy review, I took the challenge to see Ragini MMS 2, starring ‘Baby Doll’ Sunny Leone. Score one for producer Ekta Kapoor to sell the film on Leone’s name and sex appeal. And mind you, the story revolves around her being a porn star. You are hooked and intrigued.
Director: Bhushan Patel
Actors: Sunny Leone, Praveen Dabas, Divya Dutta, Sandhya Mridul, Anita Hassnandani, Karan Mehra Saahil Prem and Geetanjali Kulkarni
Music: Meet Bros Anjjan, Yo Yo Honey Singh, Pranay Rijia and Chirantan Bhatt
The storyline is simple. Filmmaker Rocks (Praveen Dabas) is making a film on Ragini and her sensational MMS-cum- horror scandal. The film will be a Horrex film, meaning a horror film with sex element. In comes Sunny Leone who agrees to play Ragini. She meets Ragini (Kainaz Motiwala) who sits in the asylum mumbling gibberish. The scared Ragini eventually stabs herself. Meanwhile, the film’s writer and failed author Satya (Saahil Prem) has been warned by Ragini’s mother to stay away from the story and the Patwardhan Villa in Dahanu where Ragini’s incident took place. Rocks wants to shoot at the same villa and so the team reaches the villa, where a woman was apparently branded a witch for killing her daughters and was burned to death. And then the cast, director and writer staying at the house, start sensing a surreal presence. Meanwhile, a psychiatrist (Divya Dutta) is studying Ragini’s case in detail to understand the past.
The film is actually a watch, though with reservations. Though it can be predictable, the film is well-wrapped to taste like a scary toffee. Situations like the ‘there is a ghost behind you’ scenes or creepy noises, the writer and lead ‘actress’ falling in love and so on, are passé. Yet, your fun of watching a horror flick is not lowered. And yes, there is a backgrounder of why the chudail (a chetkin or witch who speaks in Marathi) is terrorising all. But the dialogues come out cheesy. The whole package is just hoo-hum.
Director Bhushan Patel keeps the film short and entertaining. Most would be watching the film solely to see Sunny and her skin show. You won’t be disappointed, though it does not evade the film’s story. The bloodcurdling atmosphere created by the background music and sound department is good, though overdone on occasions. The special effects and camera work too has its moments of glory. Except a romantic track, the rest are interesting, especially the Baby Dol song.
Sunny Leone has improved to giving bearable expressions. Unfortunately, she is trapped in her own image and has to be seen more than heard. Praveen Dabas, a fine actor, is reduced to being the lecherous director mouthing creepy dialogues. Bear Anita Hassnandani as the chirpy assistant, Saahil Prem as the writer and love interest of Sunny and Kunal Mehra as the ‘I am hornier and stupider than the director’ lead actor. Sandhya Mridul as a wannabe actress with Rakhi Sawant’s English just about amuses you. Divya Dutta is wasted in a half-baked character of the psychiatrist.
Some movies entertain you, despite some shoddy work. Ragini MMS 2 is the case study for that. Watch the film to be mildly scared, though it is nowhere near Hollywood.