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Ragini MMS: Acting holds but suspense doesn't
Ragini MMS is a one-time watch because of the acting and the actors' good work. The film doesn't hold any good as far as the story line is concerned because of the borrowed theme from different..
ACTING HOLDS but suspense doesn't for Ragini MMS. Most often, I judge a movie by my own standards of good, bad and grey. But sometimes, I judge it by the reaction of the people around me. If I go by my own judgment, which has by far been never actually let me down, I would say Ragini MMS fails to create that suspense and sense of eeriness that a film of this genre should, by keeping at its core. But, well, if I go by the reaction of the people in the cinema hall, where I watched the film, it surely does make a good, one-time watch, edge of the seat drama.
Certain scenes and, well of course, the sense of what is to follow, do keep the
viewers at the edge of their seats. As I can judge by the expressions of my friends and others around, I can safely say it is not as big a let down as I thought. The start of the film is a bit too much - overdose of mushy romance and music of other Balaji films.
The start with Hanuman Chalisa, which was supposedly a last-minute addition to the film, on the behest of the ever superstitious Balaji Telefilms’ owner Ekta Kapoor, is a give away to what is to follow. But the thing that irritated me the most was the not-so-subtle integration of music from other Balaji Telefilms productions in the starting 10 minutes. What works in the film are certainly its actors. They offer fresh and regular feel to the story, unlike the heavily made up mainstream biggies.
The casting is so well done that all the attention of the audience goes to the characters and the films and not to the actors alone. I liked watching Raj Kumar Yadav (previously seen in LSD) in the film. He played the role of Uday, who arranges for a weekend getaway with his long-time shy girlfriend Ragini in this lonely abandoned bungalow on the outskirts of the city. He is there to exploit his girlfriend and the sanctity of her trust, by rigging the house with multiple cameras so that he can film their weekend sex-capades for a shady producer in return of being promised a role in a film.
But what follows is a scary story instead of sex scandal. Raj Kumar Yadav, plays the character really well, and doesn’t let it go even for a bit. Director Pavan Kriplani borrows heavy visual references from Hollywood movies such as Paranormal Activity, Blair Witch Project and a bit of Indian-ization of the genre comes from RGV. But he fails to maintain the same sort of suspense.
However, he is still able to whip up a running B-grade formula that might just work well for certain Indian markets. I think what fails most in the film for me is the visual image of the ghost that can be heavily seen in the film. I always believe, what works best in this genre, is the unknown. To watch the ghosts moving around, even if the characters are not aware of their presence, does certainly make the suspense fall flat for me. I did certainly feel that the film was a bit too long and the climax with the ending was too far over drawn. But I wont go too much in the details of the plot and story line, since I feel that people should certainly watch the film once at least.
So don’t want to spoil the suspense for those who haven’t seen the film. If I am to rate the film, then I would give it 2-2.5 out 5, all because of the reactions of my friends and because of the acting.
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