Movie Review: Ragini MMS (2011)

Users Rating: [ratings] ★★★½☆
Box Office: Average

I strongly feel that if you do not have a colossal budget on hand, then you need to make up for that with an even better concept. Let’s not forget, big ideas work big time. In fact, hi-concept films made in skeletal budgets is the new mantra in Bollywood. The next time budgetary constraints prevent you from working with an A-list star, don’t sweat. Formulate hi-concept films instead!

Take an interesting concept. Make it within a stipulated budget, not exceeding Rs 2 cr/Rs 3 cr. Spend a good amount on its marketing. Create ample awareness. Chances are you might find the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Ekta Kapoor has been doing this successfully. Recall LOVE SEX AUR DHOKHA. Now RAGINI MMS, which has been made at a shoestring budget of Rs 1 cr [or slightly more] in two versions – Hindi and Telugu.

Ekta’s new offering is making noise for the right and wrong reasons… The stand-off between the real Ragini and Ekta, angry locals pulling down hoardings of this film, even blackening the faces of the lead pair on its posters, usage of a popular song from JEWEL THIEF, censors finding a few scenes very explicit, the threesome party hosted by Ekta a few days ago… RAGINI MMS is the most discussed film of recent times.

The quintessential couple, Ragini [Kainaz Motivala] and Uday [Raj Kumar Yadav], set out to have a dirty weekend at a friend’s farmhouse on the outskirts of Mumbai. The weekend getaway quickly changes gears as they find themselves in a house that has been rigged with cameras in Bigg Boss style. The cameras that were meant to capture love-making are witness to something that is beyond the realm of human understanding… something metaphysical…

Within the confines of this house, Ragini and Uday are now at the mercy of an unexplainable paranormal force. With sundown approaching, what will the new entrants of the house do?


Good Reviews  |  Average Reviews  |  Bad Reviews
Positive Reviews
4.0 “RAGINI MMS is one more film that signifies the altering face of Hindi cinema.”
4.0 “If you are a sucker for horror films, Ragini MMS is tailor-made for you. Don’t miss it.”
4.0 “The movie is set to keep you at the edge of the seat. The thriller surely deserves a four star rating.”
3.5 “Watch it for its novelty and for the fact that Ragini MMS makes a heady cocktail of sex and horror that’s so very different from run-of-the-mill Bollywood.”
3.5 “Ragini MMS is terrifyingly real.”
3.0 “Ragini’s Terrifying Threesome, Frightening Fare.”
3.0 “Ragini MMS is a good sex-o-horror film. A perfect blend erotica and horror.”
3.0 “Seriously scary at some points, and seriously silly at others, Ragini MMS takes you through a roller coaster ride.”
Average Reviews
2.5 “RAGINI MMS isn’t worth ‘circulating’, if you have a large appetite for horror.”
2.5 “Ragini MMS is slightly scary & not at all sexy.”
DNA India
2.5 “As the end credits start rolling, one does tend to exclaim that it could have been a lot better..”
2.5 “Ragini MMS is an over-long adult movie”
IBN Live
Negative Reviews
2.0 “Misplaced promos make for a damp squib.”
2.0 “Watch Ragini MMS only if you dig cheap thrills.”
DNA India
2.0 “The producer’s clearly looking out for a sleeper hit..”
2.0 “The film forgets a basic axiom : what you cannot see is far more scary.”
1.5 “Ragini MMS does not seem to be the work of one or a few creative soul, rather it looks like the handiwork of many heads trying to break creativity together that end up breaking apart the film instead.”
1.5 “Ragini MMS is a gigantic, rubbery wad of badness.”
DNA India


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