‘The scariest date movie’
Ragini MMS is a 2011 Indian Bollywood found-footage horror film directed by Pawan Kripalani and produced by Jeetendra and Shobha Kapoor of Balaji Telefilms.
The film is inspired by the 2007 American supernatural horror film Paranormal Activity and is allegedly based on the real story of a girl from Delhi named Deepika.
Ragini (Kainaz Motivala) and Uday (Rajkummar Rao) go to a secluded house, set deep inside a forest, for a weekend of fun. Upon arrival, Ragini and Uday discover worms in their bag of food but get over their shock.
Uday has plans of recording a video of Ragini, without her knowledge, so that he can fulfil his dream of becoming an actor. However, they are interrupted by Ragini’s friend, Piya and her boyfriend, Vishal. The latter informs them that the house belonged to a lady who was accused of being a witch and subsequently killed by her family. However, she returned as a vengeful ghost and murdered her entire family…
The film has met with mixed reviews. Taran Adarsh from Bollywood Hungama gave it 4/5 stars and called it a “creepy, spine-chilling date movie” saying, “Ragini MMS amalgamates components of horror, paranormal and sex seamlessly. It titillates, it petrifies, but most importantly, it tells you a story which is daunting, imaginative and unconventional.
Naresh Deoshi from Apunka Choice also gave the film 4/5 stars calling it “a damn scary film!
Ankur Pathak from Rediff.com gave the film 3.5/5 stars and said “Ekta Kapoor’s new film is terrifyingly real, and immensely watchable for the cold fright it inspires. She must be lauded for relying on young actors, and believing in the risky attempt of largely untouched storytelling.”
Nikhat Kazmi from the Times of India gave the film 3.5/5 stars as well. She said “…Ragini MMS makes a heady cocktail of sex and horror that’s so very different from run-of-the-mill Bollywood.”
Ragini MMS was released on 13 May 2011 (Friday the 13th). A sequel, Ragini MMS 2, was released in March 2014.
Posted by Ameeta Singh