All you need to know about Ragini MMS 2 is that (a) it belongs to the horrex (horror+sex) genre, and (b) Sunny Leone gets top billing. The rest of the movie is then best left to your imagination, but since this is a Balaji production and since the prequel
was such a surprisingly decent movie, it deserves some analysis.
The movie begins with the Hanuman Chalisa, to ward off evil spirits, and if you are a believer, you better chant along. A filmmaker (Parvin Dabbas) is fascinated by the events that led a young girl (Kainaz Motivala) to an asylum a couple of years ago. After their sex video was leaked, the girl went crazy, and the boy (Rajkummar Rao) disappeared. The girl insists that the house they went to, for a "dirty weekend", is haunted by a chudail
. The filmmaker wants to recreate the story, and so he sets off with his cast and crew to the location.
His muse and leading heroine is Sunny (Sunny Leone), a hot woman with enough oomph to steam the spectacles off your nose. She is sporting enough to shed inhibitions and portray an exaggerated version of the girl who is now in the asylum, despite her standing as a film star. The filmmaker has his own version of the events that led him here, and they begin their shoot.
Slowly, however, it becomes clear that there is something not quite right with the place, and this is aggravated by the fact that it is the night of Kartik Purnima. The chudail
finds Sunny a willing medium to possess, and things go out of control after that, with people being bumped off without warning.
To say more would be to give away the plot, although the above story may sound familiar to any horror geek. What separates this particular screenplay from the usual stack of horrex movies is the relative absence of cliches. Of course, the Hollywood influence is apparent in both story and shots, but the movie manages, somehow, to remain largely unpredictable. And that is what makes Ragini MMS 2 an interesting watch.
On the flip side, the dialogues are corny, and the less said about the dialogue delivery, the better. The humour is rather forced, but it works in certain sequences.
Above all, the sex is convincing, and all credit goes to Sunny Leone for playing a version of her former self as a porn actor. The makers of the film decide, wisely, to visit the back story of the chudail
, and that somehow makes the movie more intelligible. One of the biggest flaws in the movie is the arbitrary placement of scenes that hinder a smooth flow of narrative.
Sunny Leone is not a great actor, but she has come a long way since Jism 2
. Here, she is more confident, especially when she fakes orgasms or smooches a woman. Her expressions are better than her ability to deliver lines, and she does look hot, what with all the bedroom and shower scenes. This movie is entirely about her, and you cannot take your eyes off her when she is in the frame.
The reason for this attraction may also be the fact that the rest of the actors pale in comparison, when it comes to screen presence. Parvin Dabbas and Divya Dutta are comfortingly familiar in this genre, though they do not add much to the production. Sandhya Mridul, on the other hand, goes OTT in her role as a fading star. Karan Mehra as the self-obsessed television actor keeps it real. The other members of the cast have small, but significant roles.
The production design is slightly below average, given the sensibilities of the first movie. The location is the same one that was used in the first movie, but somehow, this time it looks propped up and set-like. Or maybe that was the intention, given that Ragini MMS 2 is a movie within a movie.
While the rest of the cast has normal costumes, Sunny Leone gets her pick of lingerie and "sexy" clothes, which is the
reason you cannot take your eyes off her.
The director, Bhushan Patel, is chiefly a cinematographer, so he knows how to direct his frames, and his lighting is the only reason the movie does not look as tacky as it would have in the hands of somebody else. He avoids the usual scary tactics that horror movies adopt, and the result is a relatively aesthetic scare-fest, complete with blood and gore.
The music is not great, but Baby Doll is already a hit on the Internet. Also, the music videos seem pretty random most of the time, and completely unrelated to the movie. The length of the movie is perfect, and the editor needs to be lauded for that.
Ragini MMS 2 is a commercial movie, unlike its predecessor, Ragini MMS. It has the glitz and the glamour that the first one lacked, and the subsequent absence of reality places it in a different genre. However, the connection between the two movies is prominent throughout, and Bhushan Patel knows what he is doing with the VFX and the thrills/scares. Definitely worth one watch, but not for the faint-hearted, and not for die-hard fans of The Blair Witch Project series (the inspiration is evident).