Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Ragini MMS 2 Movie Review : A moronic film sold to the world like gold

Ekta Kapoor’s Ragini MMS 2 is a very smart film. Smart not because it is made like one, but it is sold like one. What does a child do when he has to face his parents after making a mistake at school? He tries to pretend that nothing ever happened and behaves extra sweet to his dad or mom. But Balaji Telefilms/ALT Entertainment completely forgot that the dads may not always be that na├»ve. And I am the worst dad possible, the one who calls up the teacher every day to check up what the kid did in school. So yes, the two promotional songs became a raging success and I was promised double the fun of the first film, hereby accepting that I did like the first film in parts. But hey, this one is a bunch of junk, and even showing Sunny Leone’s junk cannot redeem it.

Ragini MMS 2 is the story of a filmmaker who wants to make a film on the Ragini MMS scandal controversy and casts Sunny Leone (yes, that’s her name in the film) to play the part of Ragini. Sunny, unlike in her real life, goes to ‘research’ about her character by meeting the actual Ragini, the protagonist of the first film. Apparently, the witch who killed Ragini’s boyfriend has now possessed her for long, but doesn’t take a long time to leave her and leap on to Sunny. But then I don’t blame her, because that is what all of India wants to do when they see Sunny. Tracking this hair-brained plot with us is a moronic Dr Dutta (Divya Dutta), whose specializations in the medical field are kept hidden from us even after the films ends. For a psychologist or something, she does make a huge move when she starts chanting mantras in the end. And oh the end, even the cleaner in my theatre knew that the climax is lifted from none other than the most famous horror flick of the last year, The Conjuring. Come on, why kill a non-existent genre in Indian cinema?

But there is a host of ludicrous stuff which happens before the witch in Sunny gets into action on that dreaded full moon night. Yes, they have painful references to evil powers on full moon nights and what not dated shit. At one point, Sunny reincarnates herself into another Sunny to make out with a guy. At another point, she has to kiss another girl to provide more sensationalism to the falling plotline. Added to that is the most distasteful love track of the season, where Sunny also falls in love with the writer of the film, for him to save her ass in the end.  And then we have Parvin Dabbas, as the film director, in the most shameful and loud role of his film career, followed closely by Sandhya Mridul, who is seen doing a cheap Rakhi Sawant ripoff. With an array of irritating characters, the film is excruciatingly hard to handle and the exit door is probably your best friend.

Produced and marketed by Balaji as a sex horror flick, Ragini MMS 2 has no horror and half a teaspoon of titillation in place of sex. The production design, cinematography or editing of the film is despicable. The music is a saving grace with the two hit numbers which are pulling in the crowds, along with Sunny Leone herself. Director Bhushan Patel has no idea or sense of the film, saddled with an idiotic script. Most of the dialogues are so bad that they are already becoming the talk of the town.  We cannot even talk about the performances in this one. Sunny Leone cannot act and we have already asserted that. Parvin Dabbas does not even get a bed scene with Leone that would justify him signing this film. Sandhya Mridul is clearly out of work. Divya Dutta must have been drugged before she signed on. I don’t even know the names of the other actors to mention anything about them.

Ragini MMS 2 is the kind of film that makes Vikram Bhatt feel that he may have made better films in his life. Yet, the film had a stupendous weekend of 24 Crores and people are still going to watch it in theaters. We are a blatantly tharki nation and we might as well accept that crap sells, but believe me, there are much better porn videos of Sunny Leone out there available for free rather than spending on a ticket for Ragini MMS2


Rating – 0.5/5

Originally published for MadAboutMoviez here

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Total Siyappa Movie Review : An interesting promise which doesn't come through

Total Siyappa trailer brought a pleasant surprise in its premise of a Pakistani boy (Ali Zafar) going to an Indian girl's (Yami Gautam) family to ask for her hand, which ensues a cascade of events and a funny take on the rivalry between the two countries. Unfortunately, while the events do occur but it is hard to call them funny after a point. Except for Kirron Kher, who is the life of this otherwise inconsistent film that spirals downwards in the second half. The film was originally titled Aman Ki Asha, based on the names of its lead characters. I wonder if that would have saved the film at all anyway, considering there was minimal publicity for the film which was clashing with Queen and Gulaab Gang.

Total Siyappa is adapted from a film called Only Human (2004) made by Dominic Harari and Teresa Pelegri and its Indian version has been written by the brilliant Neeraj Pandey who gave us A Wednesday and Special 26. Thus, it becomes rather painful to swallow that it is a clear cut case product of the curse of the second half. Zafar and Gautam bring in bouts of freshness to a lead pair, but and the first half does stir up an array of situations which are fairly engaging, apart from being largely comical. The film rides on an interesting idea of a night where a series of mishaps occur when Aman visits Asha's family to woo them, mostly all of them occurring in one location. But what begins as an adventure, turns into a trite shlock of contrivations later where in situations are conjured up on whims in a despicable attempt to be funny. The second half sinks like a rock in an ocean and clearly the only relief you find is that the runtime of the film is only 108 minutes. Director Eeshwar Niwas fails to pack in a solid punch before we forget the chuckles of the first hour and for most of its runtime, Total Siyappa looks half baked and inefficiently directed. Produced by Friday Filmworks and AKA Pictures , Total Siyappa is presented by Reliance Entertainment and Pen India. David Meadows's cinematography is ordinary and so is Ali Zafar's music which struggles to make a single track memorable. There is not enough work done on this movie to mention about any other technical departments.

The saving grace of Total Siyappa is the on-point performances from most of the cast. Kirron Kher leads the pack with a strikingly hilarious spin of the Punjabi mother of the girl. Even her shortest lines are masterfully delivered and she ends up providing the most crackling moments of the film. Ali Zafar plays the part of the nice guy stuck in a crazy family well until his act starts getting monotonous. Yami Gautam still does not show much prowess at acting, hamming it up at key instances. Sara Khan, as Asha's sister, is just okay while Anuj Pandit as the brother is unintentionally ludicrous. Anupam Kher surprises as in a short role as Asha's dad but his part is badly written.

On the whole, Total Siyappa chokes on its own spit, almost. While the film did give the vibes of a fun ride, it does not completely deliver that. If you have nothing better do, you can still go for the movie and you will not come out hating it. But I would rather advise you to watch Kangana Ranaut's Queen instead. Save some bucks!

Rating - 1.5/5

Originally published for MadAboutMoviez here