It’s been almost a long time when theatres were asked to close due to rapid rise in the cases of Coronavirus in the country. Two of the films playing in theatres at that point were ANGREZI MEDIUM, produced by Dinesh Vijan, and KAAMYAAB, directed by Hardik Mehta. In an interesting turn of events, ROOHI, the film that releases today and kickstarts the movie-watching season in cinemas, is helmed by both these personalities. So does ROOHI manage to entertain and enthral the audiences? Or does it fail to entice? Let’s analyse.
Roohi is a story of a girl. Bhawra Pandey (Rajkummar Rao) and Kattanni Qureshi (Varun Sharma) as a criminal journal in a small town, Baagadpur. They also focus on “Pakdaai Shaadi” Aka Bride Kidnapping, which is the accepted custom of Baagadpur. One day, their boss, Guniya Shaplel (Manav Vij) ordered them kidnapped a girl, Janhvi Kapoor, from nearby towns.
Mujaribaad. Bhawra and Kattanni tried to dehoi in her and her father and father (Rajesh Jais). According to ‘Pakdaai Shaadi’ custom, after the girl kidnapped, she took the marriage site directly. Bhawra and Kattanni should also follow Rohu litigation. But after the kidnapp, Guniya said they had suddenly passed for them and told their groom’s uncle.
Therefore, marriage will now happen after a week. By then, Bhawra and Kattanni were told that she kept them in an abandoned property on the Ambiyapur mountain. On the first night, Bhawra went to Rohu to provide dinner and can only realize that she is owned.
First of all, Hadini did not believe, but later, even if he saw Luo Hu’s owner. However, not being scared, Catani has fallen. On the other hand, Bhawra fell in love with non-owned Roohi. He decided to help her, let the witch get rid of her body. However, Catani disgusting disgusting the Rohu, if the Buwan is successful, the Witch will always leave Luo Hu.
What happens next to form the rest of the movie. The story of MRIGHDEP SINGH Lamba and Gautam Mehra`s is interesting and novel. Writers do their best to bring new things to the desktop. However, MRighdeep Singh Lamba and Gautam Mehra`s scripts are only interesting in parts. Some scenes are very special and the house collapses. But the serious part did not produce the expected impact. The conversation between Mrighdeep Singh Lamba and Gautam Mehra is very clever. However, dialects are too realistic to understand in many places.
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ROOHI starts off on an interesting note, depicting the concept of bride kidnapping in Baagadpur, that too through the eyes of a foreign reporter (Alexx O’Nell). The film gets better once Bhawra and Kattanni kidnap Roohi and set base at the spooky, abandoned factory. The scene where Bhawra narrates about the possessed Roohi to Kattanni is sure to raise laughs. The scene where Kattanni, instead of running away, falls for the possessed Roohi is unique and unexpected. It will bring smiles on the faces of the viewers. The interval comes at an interesting juncture. Post-interval, the film begins to fall but a few scenes especially of the marriage with the dog and Bhawra’s conversation with the old lady (Sarita Joshi) add to the humour and madness. The climax, though unpredictable, is disappointing.
Talking of performances, Rajkummar Rao is in his element as expected. Due to his adorable performance, one doesn’t hate him even though he’s playing a kidnapper in the film. And his comic timing is spot-on, especially in the scenes where he’s running away from the possessed Roohi. Janhvi Kapoor is a big surprise. She hardly has any dialogues but gets her act right with her expressions. And she also is convincing as the witch. Varun Sharma is marvellous and manages to raise laughs. In the last 30 minutes, however, he doesn’t have much to do. Manav Vij suits the part and his performance is fair. Sarita Joshi (credited in the film as Padma Shri Sarita Joshi) is hilarious and one wishes that she had a longer screen time. Alexx O’Nell is lovely. Rajesh H Jais, Anurag Arora (Tantrik), Sumit Gulati (Paras; Roohi’s groom in the end) are okay.
Sachin-Jigar’s music is appropriate for the film and it’s theme. ‘Kiston’ comes suddenly but is soulful. ‘Bhootni’ is hilarious while ‘Panghat’ is played in the end credits. ‘Nadiyon Paar’ is attached with the film’s print before the film starts. It is the best song of the lot and well shot. One wishes if it was a part of the film’s narrative. Ketan Sodha’s background score is well woven and also contributes to the horror quotient.
Amalendu Chaudhary’s cinematography is spectacular. The various locales in the film are well captured. Ayushi Agarwal and Abhijeet Shresth’s production design is quirky and adds to the eerie atmosphere. Theia Tekchandaney’s costumes are realistic. Nikita Kapoor’s prosthetics are very convincing. Manohar Verma’s action is fine while Red Chillies.VFX’s VFX is first-rate. Huzefa Lokhandwala’s editing is fine and could have been better and crisper in the first half.
On the whole, ROOHI rests on a unique concept, fine performances and some interesting funny and horror sequences. However, the disappointing climax and difficult-to-understand dialect might affect the film’s prospects at the box office.