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May 13, 2011

Three’s company

Filed under: Our FIlms — Rajeev @ 10:39 pm

May 13, 2011

Cast: Raj Kumar Yadav, Kainaz Motivala

Director: Pawan Kirpalani

In Ragini MMS, a young couple head off to an abandoned bungalow on the outskirts of the city so they can finally have some privacy and do the nasty. Uday (played by Love Sex aur Dhokha‘s Raj Kumar Yadav) has previously arranged to have every corner of the house rigged with video cameras so he can secretly film his steamy encounter with Ragini (played by Kainaz Motivala) and hand over the footage to a shady producer who has promised him a film role in return.

By the time he’s able to shoo away her friends who dropped in for a surprise visit, Uday can barely keep it in his pants any longer. The couple retires to the upstairs bedroom and just as things start to get hot and heavy, an angry spirit decides to make its presence felt.

Director Pawan Kirapalani relies on familiar tropes to deliver plenty jump-in-your seat moments, but he disregards the genre’s most important rule – don’t show the ghost; what you don’t see is always more scary. But because he does show the ghost — and so many times in fact — much of the thrill of watching this film is diluted.

The movie benefits from an inspired performance by Raj Kumar Yadav as the short-fused, profanity-spouting cad who’s desperate to exploit his shy but eager-to-please girlfriend. Borrowing visual references generously from previous hits like Paranormal Activity, The Blair Witch Project and so many Ramgopal Varma offerings, Ragini MMS delivers very little in terms of novelty. Still, in constructing a story around sex and scares, the makers of this film adopt Hollywood’s foolproof B-movie formula and come up with a watchable but ultimately over-long adult movie.

I’m going with two-and-a-half out of five for Ragini MMS. It’s nothing you haven’t seen before, but it keeps you engaged for most of its 100-minute running time.

(This review first aired on CNN-IBN)


  1. Your reviews are usually so idiotic wen it comes to Bollywood flicks..all u ever do is kiss d posterior of Hollywood movies regardless of its idiotic material. Grow up Rajeev. Used to like u earlier

    Comment by Dharit Shah — May 14, 2011 @ 12:23 am

  2. though a long movie still raghini mms is more of a deserving winner if u compare it with paranormal activity and other tons of s**t being made at the so called hollywood.

    Comment by www — May 14, 2011 @ 1:43 pm

  3. Lamest movie ever.
    2 and a half is too much for this s**t.
    Should have been named Paranormal Activity (Tacky Version)
    Total rip – off.
    Made by Ekta Kapoor – The Queen of Cheapos.
    Review gives too much credit to the movie.
    Paranormal Activity s**ts all over this movie.
    People please stop comparing Bollys**itwood to Hollywood.
    Shamelessly stolen concept and story.
    Making minor changes and adding sex does not make you more creative and less of a thief.
    Stupid Actors.
    The ghost is lame.
    Lamest taglines ever.
    Confirms the reputation of Indian filmmakers as brainless monkeys who are creatively bankrupt and steal the ideas of other people (Hollywood)
    I would happily kiss the posterior of Hollywood as I am kissing now than kissing the posterior of Ekta Kapoor,

    Comment by rofl — May 14, 2011 @ 11:37 pm

  4. Mr.dharti needs to watch a few hollywood flicks !!
    n mr.rajeev your reviews have always been the best ,unlike those other critics who are bootlickers of the big names in the industry 😉 keep it up !!

    Comment by devil — May 15, 2011 @ 12:01 am

  5. Mr. Dharit also needs to see other hollywood movie reviews too like “PRIEST” coz I think Rajeev sir giving the exact reviews about movies either its from Hollywood or Bollywood.

    Comment by Ashutosh Nirmal — May 15, 2011 @ 11:09 am

  6. I bet dharti and www have not seen a single hollywood movie.Even the idea of comparing this s**t to Paranormal Activity is offensive to the people who made Paranormal Activity. Guys if you want to watch this s**t please download it illegally and do not waste your money and time going to the theatres.

    Comment by pronto — May 15, 2011 @ 1:59 pm

  7. you give 2.5 to this and 3 to Dhobi Ghat
    are you out of your mind?

    Comment by Mayank Gupta — May 15, 2011 @ 6:07 pm

  8. Come on guys………all the people reading this review take my word this is one of the spookiest bollywood movie u have seen in recent times.Although its a total rip off but still it manages to scare the hell out of you…………I haven’t seen that many people leaving the theater and well all due the chilling factor and that might go against the movie too………..but all in all a movie with lots of chilling moments, a few glitiches here and there but still watchable………and watch out for that lead actor he has got talent…………..a 3 well deserving stars from my side.

    Comment by parul kumar — May 18, 2011 @ 5:19 pm

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