It’s been virtually a yr when theatres have been requested to close down resulting from speedy rise within the circumstances of Coronavirus within the nation. Two of the movies taking part in in theatres at that time have been ANGREZI MEDIUM, produced by Dinesh Vijan, and KAAMYAAB, directed by Hardik Mehta. In an fascinating flip of occasions, ROOHI, the movie that releases right now and kickstarts the movie-watching season in cinemas, is helmed by each these personalities. So does ROOHI handle to entertain and enthral the audiences? Or does it fail to entice? Let’s analyse.
ROOHI is the story of a possessed woman. Bhawra Pandey (Rajkummar Rao) and Kattanni Qureshi (Varun Sharma) work as crime journalists in a small city, Baagadpur. Additionally they specialize in ‘pakdaai shaadi’ aka bride kidnapping, an accepted customized in Baagadpur. Sooner or later, their boss, Guniya Shakeel (Manav Vij) orders them to kidnap a lady, Roohi (Janhvi Kapoor), from a close-by city, Mujaribaad. Bhawra and Kattanni handle to kidnap Roohi whereas she is along with her father (Rajesh Jais). As per the ‘pakdaai shaadi’ customized, after the woman is kidnapped, she is right away taken to the wedding venue. Bhawra and Kattanni are additionally speculated to observe go well with with Roohi. However after the kidnap takes place, Guniya calls them and tells them that the groom’s uncle has handed away out of the blue. Therefore, the wedding will now happen after per week. Until then, Bhawra and Kattanni are advised to maintain her as a hostage in an deserted property within the hills of Ambiyapur. On the primary night time, Bhawra goes to supply dinner to Roohi solely to comprehend that she is possessed. Kattanni, at first, doesn’t consider however later, even he sees the possessed facet of Roohi. Nevertheless, as an alternative of being frightened, Kattanni falls for the possessed Roohi. Bhawra, alternatively, is in love with the non-possessed Roohi. He decides to assist her and get the witch out of her physique. Kattanni nonetheless is averse to the thought as loves the possessed Roohi and if Bhawra succeeds, the witch will go away Roohi perpetually. What occurs subsequent types the remainder of the movie.
Mrighdeep Singh Lamba and Gautam Mehra’s story is fascinating and novel. The writers attempt their finest to carry one thing new to the desk. Mrighdeep Singh Lamba and Gautam Mehra’s screenplay, nonetheless, is fascinating solely in elements. A couple of scenes are distinctive and convey the home down. However the severe parts don’t make the specified impression. Mrighdeep Singh Lamba and Gautam Mehra’s dialogues are witty. However the dialect is just too genuine and is meaningless at many locations.
Hardik Mehta’s path is common at finest. On the plus facet, he handles some scenes with élan. Additionally, he units the temper proper, particularly within the horror scenes. Even the assorted cities proven within the movie are uniquely depicted. For example, the weird bride kidnapping customized in Baagadpur, the spooky hills of Ambiyapur and the follow of desi exorcism in Chimmatipur add to the movie’s novelty. On the flipside, the climax is disappointing. The movie additionally ends on an abrupt word. One hopes that the makers would offer some backstory about Roohi’s previous however that by no means occurs. The identical route was additionally adopted in STREE , the place the mysterious woman’s (Shraddha Kapoor) monitor ends on a cliffhanger. Within the case of ROOHI, it doesn’t make the identical impression as STREE. Additionally, right here the goings-on are somewhat complicated and the dialect is obscure. A number of dialogues are positive to go bouncer for a lot of viewers.
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ROOHI begins off on an fascinating word, depicting the idea of bride kidnapping in Baagadpur, that too by the eyes of a international reporter (Alexx O’Nell). The movie will get higher as soon as Bhawra and Kattanni kidnap Roohi and set base on the spooky, deserted manufacturing facility. The scene the place Bhawra narrates concerning the possessed Roohi to Kattanni is bound to lift laughs. The scene the place Kattanni, as an alternative of operating away, falls for the possessed Roohi is exclusive and sudden. It can carry smiles on the faces of the viewers. The interval comes at an fascinating juncture. Publish-interval, the movie begins to fall however a number of scenes particularly of the wedding with the canine and Bhawra’s dialog with the outdated woman (Sarita Joshi) add to the humour and insanity. The climax, although unpredictable, is disappointing.
Speaking of performances, Rajkummar Rao is in his component as anticipated. As a consequence of his lovely efficiency, one doesn’t hate him despite the fact that he’s taking part in a kidnapper within the movie. And his comedian timing is spot-on, particularly within the scenes the place he’s operating away from the possessed Roohi. Janhvi Kapoor is a giant shock. She hardly has any dialogues however will get her act proper along with her expressions. And he or she is also convincing because the witch. Varun Sharma is marvellous and manages to lift laughs. Within the final half-hour, nonetheless, he doesn’t have a lot to do. Manav Vij fits the half and his efficiency is truthful. Sarita Joshi (credited within the movie as Padma Shri Sarita Joshi) is hilarious and one needs that she had an extended display time. Alexx O’Nell is beautiful. Rajesh H Jais, Anurag Arora (Tantrik), Sumit Gulati (Paras; Roohi’s groom ultimately) are okay.
Sachin-Jigar’s music is suitable for the movie and it’s theme. ‘Kiston’ comes out of the blue however is soulful. ‘Bhootni’ is hilarious whereas ‘Panghat’ is performed ultimately credit. ‘Nadiyon Paar’ is connected with the movie’s print earlier than the movie begins. It’s the finest tune of the lot and effectively shot. One needs if it was part of the movie’s narrative. Ketan Sodha’s background rating is effectively woven and likewise contributes to the horror quotient.
Amalendu Chaudhary’s cinematography is spectacular. The varied locales within the movie are effectively captured. Ayushi Agarwal and Abhijeet Shresth’s manufacturing design is quirky and provides to the eerie environment. Theia Tekchandaney’s costumes are life like. Nikita Kapoor’s prosthetics are very convincing. Manohar Verma’s motion is ok whereas Purple Chillies.VFX’s VFX is first-rate. Huzefa Lokhandwala’s enhancing is ok and will have been higher and crisper within the first half.
On the entire, ROOHI rests on a novel idea, fantastic performances and a few fascinating humorous and horror sequences. Nevertheless, the disappointing climax and difficult-to-understand dialect would possibly have an effect on the movie’s prospects on the field workplace.