What did I come away with from "Ragini MMS 2"? A sinking feeling that the horror genre has run its course. Boredom is a beast that director Bhushan Patel is not up to fighting. Sex is brought in to liven up the semi-dead spirits. Steamy scenes are stuffed into this scare-fest since Sunny Leone top-lines the cast.
The script has been tailored to accommodate the lewd...sorry, lead's porn backdrop.So when the film crew visits the same haunted house where the first "Ragini" film unfolded (why make the same mistake twice?!), Sunny, all voluptuous and popping all over the place, fakes an orgasm and tells an obnoxious fellow actor that porn actresses too can act.
They sure can. Sunny, in her third Bollywood film, puts in quite an effort to look possessed by an evil 'chudail'. To be fair to this fornicating fraulein on an image-mending binge, the last half-hour finds her going into convulsions of terror. It's a climactic performance that pines to tell us that porn stars can act.
Point made. Sunny is always good with climaxes. We can now move to the rest of the film which slithers through the hall of absurdity with a terrifying nonchalance. We have characters deliberately moving deeper and deeper into the darkest shadows of the haunting house inviting sure death.If you are so dumb as to go into empty rooms with creaky doors, then you might as well be dead.
Why are the characters in our horror films so intellectually challenged? "Ragini MMS 2" is specially suffused with morons. There is a hammy television actor who takes a naked shower with Sunny (once a porn star) and then later jerks off in bed. He is so gross because guys in the "Ragini" series are destined to be just that.
In "Ragini MMS 1", Rajkummar Rao dragged his girlfriend to a haunted house to shoot a dirty MMS with her. In this instalment, there is an over-the-top film director (the talented Praveen Dabas) who wants to make a 'horrex' (a blend of horror and sex, much the same as the director of "Ragini MMS 2") .
He barges into Sunny's bedroom and barks: "Say you want me to f...k you"
Really! Is this the way directors talk to their leading ladies while making 'horrex' films? No wonder the Ramsays were savagely pulled up in Ashim Ahluwalia's "Miss Lovely".
"Ragini MMS 2" is so enamoured by its luscious leading lady's lusty past that it doesn't know what it wants to be. Neither horrifying nor sexy, the film is like a conflicted schizophrenic seeking a closure to his identity crisis blocking out the sunlight from all the windows in his home and running around in circles all over his darkened home.
Watching "Ragini MMS 2" is like playing Russian Roulette with the lights off. You know someone is pulling the trigger and trying to fire random shots at unidentified victims. Every trick from the horror genre is brought into use. By the time Divya Dutta is brought in as the latest avatar of Max von Sydow from "The Exorcist", the devil is too far gone to be tamed.
And I don't mean the chudail in this film.
Actress Sunny Leone says yesteryear stars like Madhubala,
Sharmila Tagore and Dimple Kapadia taught her to not make any changes in her
Sunny tweeted a few throwback photographs of the veteran actresses as well as of Mandakini, Rekha and Zeenat Aman. She credited them as her idols.
"A few women in Bollywood who have taught me that it's perfectly okay to be myself. Sharmila Tagore, Mandakini, Dimple Kapadia, Rekha, Zeenat Aman and Madhubala," Sunny captioned the images.
Sunny, known for playing bold roles in films, started her career in Bollywood with the 2012 film "Jism 2". She went on to appear in films like "Ragini MMS 2", "Hate Story 2", "Mastizaade" and "Baadshaho".
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If Ragini MMS (1) was India`s 1st sensual paranormal
thriller, RAGINI MMS 2 is poised to be India`s first EROTICA HORROR!!
A young enthusiastic crew and an over-the-top film director, visit a farmhouse on the outskirts of Mumbai, to make an erotica-horror!
The director casts Sunny Leone, the famous adult film entertainer
as his lead to play Ragini. They decide to shoot in an actual haunted location that leads to creepy & menacing happenings.
Ragini MMS-2, furthers the brand that was successfully created by its `spooky-sexual` predecessor Ragini MMS.