Roohi Review & Rating
Roohi Review: Ruined For Fun
Imagine the situation where there are two friends, close chums, who strike friendship with a girl. One of them obviously falls in love with her if that guy is the hero of the film. And then what the friend does? He either makes a sacrifice or if he’s a villain, he turns on his friend. Now, if there’s a chance, he may even find his own love in another girl. But what if the two girls are the same person with a split personality? An intriguing proposition. Right?
Horror comedies are nothing new but the genre is certainly under-explored in Bollywood. Stree made the genre a hit with the younger generation of the audience and appealed to all sections of audience by delivering a sincere form of exploration of feminism and women empowerment. But making horror comedies is no easy task. Rajkummar Rao who was the star of Stree combined again with the maker of the film Dinesh Vijaan for Roohi.
Roohi tells the story of two small-town youngsters, Bhaura Pandey and Kattanni Qureshi. They come across a young beautiful girl (she should be beautiful to attract the attention of the film’s protagonists anyway). On the surface she appears to be a simple, demure girl. But they soon realise that she has another side to her ‑ her not as in split personality mind you (this is not a psychological thriller) - personality, Afza.
Bhakra wants to get rid of the ghost from Roohi but his friend, kattani wants to romance the ghost (yuck). This leads to a conflict between the friends with horror-filled consequences. But who wins in the end? Watch the Hardik Mehta directorial.
Rajkummar Rao once again played his typecast role of a small town youngster with quirky encounters. He’s good. Varun Sharma thinks he’s doing a fair job but what he did was going through motions displaying weird expressions. But the biggest disappointment comes in the form of Janhavi Kapoor. She proved herself to be a fine actress with Gunjan Saxena but this Roohi ruined the hard earned name. Just “in between us” Roohi is written for Sonam Kapoor.
The premise of the film is really good and worth explored in whatever genre. But the plainest writing and lack depth in characters make the film appear like an episode of just for laughs, gags episode... that’s gone wrong. The direction is mediocre. The rest of the technical departments followed the director with attention to detail.Skip it.
Simple as that.
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