ALT Entertainment has been a successful venture for Ekta Kapoor ever since Love Sex Aur Dhokha to their last film Shor in the City. Will she able to continue her success stint with her latest venture, Ragini MMS is the question.
Ragini MMS comes with a pakcage of sex and horror, which is an incentive attracting youth in hoard. But the biggest challenge for Ragini MMS lies in the point that whether it is actually able to scare the audience or turns out to be just another below par horror flick. Thankfully, with Ragini MMS, the horror genre actually sees a progress.
The couple Uday (Raj Kumar) and Ragini (Kainaz Motivala) go for a weekend on the outskirts of Mumbai. The house, specifically a room is loaded with cameras all around so as to capture their love making. But little do they know that they are being watched. Watched by a methaphysical force. Mysterious activies happen, and now they are all at the mercy of the unexplainable presence of the third force present inside the house.
Ragini MMS is shot in a very life like manner, which at some point may remind you of LSD, but it is not a hindrance for the film. The basic positive point of the movie lies in the silence generated in certain scenes. You are not made to be scared with a horrible looking face of the ghost, but it is the way the scenes are shot and the timely use of sound effects that get you on the edge of your seat. Borrowing techniques from Paranormal Activity, Ragini MMS has a style of its own, and is definitely a break from the cliched horror film plots that we are being served since a long time.
At the same time it does have it negatives, mostly in second half. Certain sequence could have been trimmed to make it crispier and the ending details should have been made to hold on longer so as to register in the mind of the audience, but anyhow that doesn't take away anything from the efforts of this date flick.
Ragini MMS, other than the fact that it scares you, also boasts of some stellar performances from its cast. Raj Kumar as the selfish,desperate and a terribly frightened boyfriend is very good, especially in the scenes when he is scared out of his might because of the activities happening in the house.
Kainaz Motivala, who has earlier been seen in Paathshaala, gets a meatier role this time and comes with a very good performance for a debut and also looks glamorous on her part.
The first time director, Pavan Kripalani does a great job in creating the eerie effect required in the scenes. The Director Of Photography, Tribhuvan Babu, gives a real feel to the film.
Out of all, it is the background music by Faizan-Agnel which deserves most of applause. They dont rely on high pitched screaming voices or a haunting music to scare you. They choose appropriate sound and at apprporiate times, and most of the time it works.
On the whole, Ragini MMS is a solid amalgamation of sex and horror. It is an intriguingly scary and unconventional film. It should also be a treat for those who are open to different piece of cinema. Ragini MMS scares and how. Do watch!