Director:  Bhushan Patel

Cast: Sunny Leone, Parvin Dabbas, Sandhya Mridul

b! Says: *

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A film crew decides to shoot the Ragini MMS incident in the same location where it actually took place and they are - no prizes for guessing - chased and killed by the same ghost.

A mix of horror and erotica, Ragini MMS 2 is sure to have a very successful run in the theatres. But while the first Ragini had both and managed to overall be an average film, this one has just adopted these main ingredients and let logic and basic story-telling fly out of the window. They’re not even pretending to make a good film. And why should they? They've got Sunny Leone’s breasts to do all the work for them.

Sounds harsh? Well, you’ll agree with us when you see the film. There is not a single scene in the film where they haven’t tried to titillate the audience with the half-naked actress; shots of cleavage followed by more shots of cleavage. The plus to this, however, is that these scenes manage to bring some unintentional moments of merriment with them. Like the furious make out scene between the ancient ghost (in guise of Sunny) and a cast member, the ghost disappears when real Sunny shows up. Why’d the ghost do that? To psyche him out? Naah… our guess is that the ghost was just missing some action. Besides sex, the makers have also haphazardly inserted horror. One of the crew members, responsible for the making of the film (played hilariously by All India Bakchod’s Tanmay Bhatt) lands up at the haunted bungalow to shoot a video before the rest of the crew arrive. He is murdered by the ghost that night but not even the director of the film (Parvin Dabbas) bothers to question his absence. He just mysteriously disappears from everyone’s collective memory as if he never existed in the first place.

It’s not just the writing that’s lazy, the execution too is tattered. When we first see Divya Dutta who plays a psychiatrist, she is shown wearing a dress more suitable in a club than in a hospital. We are promptly informed that she’s from New York. Ah, that explains it! Dialogues are inane. Take this for example, “Ek baat yaad rakhna, chahe kuch bhi ho jaaye, main tumhe kuch bhi nahin hone doonga.” Couple this line with an actor (Saahil Prem) who’s mouthing it with the emotional range of a plank of wood.

Sound plays a vital role in horror flicks and in Hindi films, we rarely get it right. While we’re quite used to the tried and tested sudden loud sounds filmmakers use to startle the audience, we were definitely not expecting the amateurishly drawn-out “Raaaaagini” whenever the exterior of the bungalow is shown. The famous 90s’ show Aahat had better sound effects. As for make-up and production design, well, it manages to match the show. Yay!

Everyone’s acting in the film is strangely enough, intentionally over-the-top. Was the film trying to be a comedy-horror-erotica? While we’re not a fan of Parvin Dabbas’ acting talent, we’ve never seen him ham so much. Sandhya Mridul seems to almost revel in playing the bimbette. As for Sunny Leon, she’s not half bad.

The film is not scary. Not even when ghosts pop out of nowhere accompanied by sound effects. So, don’t watch the film. Unless you are a fan of unintentional comedy or Sunny Leone. Oh, or if you want to watch ‘Baby doll main sone di’ on the big screen.

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