is a sequel to ‘Ragini MMS‘, a horror film from a few years ago, currently holding a ranking of 4.9 on IMDB. The film itself is about a movie crew wanting to make a film on the events of ‘Ragini MMS’, and what happens to them when they enter the haunted house where the original film was set. The origin of the ghost haunting the house is also explored.
The main ‘draw’ of the film is Sunny Leone, a former porn star trying to move into mainstream Bollywood, who plays…Sunny Leone, a former porn star trying to move into mainstream Bollywood.
A little too meta, for my tastes.
So, for protagonists, we have Sunny Leone, two of her co-stars in the ‘film’ – Monali, and a male TV actor –
who wasn’t given a name, if I recall correctly (I recall wrong. I just looked it up on Wikipedia, and the character’s name is Maddy.)
Other characters include the scriptwriter; Satya, the director; Rocks (seriously? I get this was a parody of a certain kind of director, but how could anyone say that name with a straight face?), the Mulder of the film; Dr. D (don’t recall her name, either, except for an initial), a psychiatrist who only likes to deal with cases with no rational explanation – and of course, Ragini herself.
The plot picks up from where Ragini MMS left off, with Ragini in a mental asylum, and suspected of killing her now missing boyfriend, Uday. We see her muttering to herself, still terrorised by the female ghost, who keeps attacking her. Enter Rocks, with his plan to make a hit ‘horrex’ film – that’s a horror + sex film – on Ragini’s story. The ghostly stuff starts off when Sunny visits Ragini, and tells her the film crew will be shooting in the same house where Ragini’s MMS clip was shot. Ragini reacts violently, telling Sunny that the ghost is still around, switching personalities – and make up effects – as she screams in Marathi that she didn’t kill her children, and that she’s not a witch.
Ragini stabs herself, Sunny goes off to shoot her film, and mayhem ensues.
My Thoughts, Let Me Tell You Them
There are lots of jump scares, lots of door slamming and creepy children’s laughter, but the movie fails as a horror flick because it doesn’t follow its own internal logic.
(Spoilers abound, highlight to read)
- The ghost/witch can only speak Marathi in the beginning of the film, when a possessed Ragini screams that ‘she didn’t kill her children’. But in the end, she suddenly starts speaking Hindi.
- The psychiatrist’s household help tells her the witches can only speak backwards, in a stunning use of tired, cliche horror plots. Dr. Mulder dutifully runs the videos of Ragini backward, and figures out what the ghost is saying. But then, but then – why and how was the ghost able to speak ‘normally’ through Ragini and Sunny?
- Dr. Mulder informs us that ghosts remain on the earth as restless spirits because they have ‘unfinished business’ – namely, the witch needs everyone to know that she’s not really a witch, and she didn’t kill her children. So one would think that all that was needed to ‘exorcise’ the ghost would be for Dr. Mulder to tell her she knows the truth. Which just…never happens, for some reason.
- Why was it necessary for the ghost witch to seduce TV actor guy – twice? The first time, it’s in his shower, and the second, it leads to his death. Why does the ghost do that? It makes no sense, unless you take into account the fact that the real life director, Bhushan Patel, wants to give the audience what it wants – fanservice, in the form of a nude Sunny Leone.
- And good lord, how much fanservice there was. Sunny is never dressed in anything other than negligees and skimpy costumes.
- The fanservice doesn’t stop there, though. You even have a lesbian make out scene, courtesy a game of ‘Never Have I Ever’ – which, HOW would a ghost who only understands/speaks Marathi, dead at least these fifty years, even understand the drinking game? The whole thing is head-bangingly devoid of logic.
Then there’s the scene where Sunny schools Maddy the TV actor, Rocks, and the entire (male) crew because they disparage her for being ‘just a porn actress, all she has to do is make orgasm faces and moan a lot’. She acts out a pretty convincing orgasm scene, effectively telling her audience (and the one in the theatre) just how much talent she has, to be able to act out an intimate scene in full view of camera and crew as if there was no one watching.
It didn’t work, though, because the only thing that happened in my theatre during this scene was lots of whistles and lots of laughter.
It’s sad, because the woman does truly seem talented. Sunny Leone (the actress, not the character) deserved better. And when the character says to her love interest ‘Everybody on set treats me like a whore,’ you do honestly sympathise with her – Sunny, the real life person. (Agh, this is why being meta needs to be thought through, people.)
- The origin story of the ghost is disappointing, it’s nothing we haven’t seen before in a hundred other horror movies. Woman goes mad with grief after the death of her children, and becomes a ghost when wrongfully accused.
- In the end, the exorcism scene went on for too long, and it was just a repeat of all the weirdness of ‘The Exorcist‘, which was itself not too scary to me. Also, with all the weird contortions and positions the ghost puts Sunny into, it’s a wonder her back, neck, and other assorted bones aren’t completely broken. Supernatural was particularly good about this, in the show’s universe, all the damage inflicted on a possessed body hits it full force when the exorcism takes effect.
- What was up with all the personal pot shots? There was a character who was clearly designed to be a parody of Sonam Kapoor, who was in the movie only for the makers to take a dig at the original’s supposed lack of talent. No one even knows where she disappears when the ghost finally shows itself, she simply drops off the face of the plot.
Then there was Sandya Mridul as a Rakhi Sawant caricature, and the character Maddy as a caricature of the one note TV actors we see on television nowadays, complete with references to ‘maha episodes’.
Anita, erstwhile Telugu film heroine, returns in a brief, strange role as art department lady Gina, tattooed and pierced – which would be fine, in itself, but you have other characters commenting negatively on it, with Maddy saying ‘ugh, god knows where else on her body she has tattoos!’ Worst of all, though, is the scene where we have Gina creepily egging on Sunny and a clearly uncomfortable Monali in their make out session. Why was the character so weird – and knowingly portrayed so? Is it some commentary on gay people in show business?
Honestly, none of it makes sense. People need to steer clear of Ekta Kapoor, it seems, or risk being immortalised badly in bad horror films.
The movie, as a whole, failed to scare me or thrill me. Honestly, the scene from the song ‘Baby Doll’, with Sunny Leone in a sea of hundreds of black hands slithering over her body was more creepy to me than anything else from the movie. Ugh.
Why You Should Watch This Film
Maybe you could, if you’re attracted to Sunny Leone. Or if you don’t ask for much from your horror films. Another reason would be Sandhya Mridul as a pretty funny Rakhi Sawant sound-alike.