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Movie Review | Roohi: Uniquely delightful & funny horror pop corn

Uniquely delightful & funny horror 'Roohi' does bring the magic of big screen back & it does with a different rare scream

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Roohi movie review is here. The Hindi language horror comedy film directed by Hardik Mehta is produced by Dinesh Vijan and Mrighdeep Singh Lamba under the banner Maddock Films in association with Jio Studios. Roohi stars Rajkummar Rao, Janhvi Kapoor and Varun Sharma in main leads. Roohi is hitting the screens on 11 March 2021.

Roohi movie review

Dinesh Vijan’s Maddock is back with another horror after the amazing Stree (2018). As per the Maddock’s horror tradition, Roohi is a delightful horror comedy that has a surprisingly unique meta layer.

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Set somewhere in Uttar Pradesh two buddies Bhawra (Rajkummar Rao) and Kattanni (Varun Sharma) are part of the groom kidnapping (Pakaruah shaadi / Jabaria shaadi) gang led by Guniya Shakeel (Manav Vij). One day they get the assignment to kidnap Roohi (Janhvi Kapoor). Circumstances forced Bhawra and Kattanni to keep Roohi at a safe place amidst the jungle for a few days. Strange, weird and scary things start happening. What happens next.

Producer writer Mrighdeep Singh Lamba (Fukrey, Fukrey Returns) along with Gautam Mehra (writer Teen Thay Bhai and Khandaani Shafakhana) team with Hardik Mehta (writer director Kaamyab and writer Paatal Lok) to churn a scream with a difference.

It starts with the contemporary Hindi belt atmosphere tone seen in Indian content nowadays, Roohi then takes the old school rules to develop the scares and slowly gets into the sly mode with socially relevant punches and gradually ends on a unique metaphoric climax. The concept is rare and not seen before. Divulging more will act as spoilers.

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Anyone who is nursing the expectation that Roohi has something to do with Stree then am glad to share two good news.

Number one like Stree, Roohi also scores in its rare unique concept, Number two Stree has nothing to do with Roohi, so those who have unfortunately missed Stree they don’t have to worry.

It must be said that the horror world of Dinesh Vijiyan’s Maddock films is certainly out of the box. Go Goa Gone, Stree and now Roohi.

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There is periodic laughter though not LOL moments, but a gleeful atmosphere is maintained. The second half suddenly drops, turns clueless but is saved by the surprising climax.

Performance is top notch where Rajkummar Rao apart from an actor with his own class is now turning into an entertainer as well. Superb. Watch him when he gets scared for the first time. Janhvi Kapoor does very well in a difficult role. Varun Sharma is awesome and such fun to watch. Alexx O’Nell is fantastic. Manav Vij gets into the skin of the character. Veteran Sarita Joshi is excellent.

Cinematography by Amalendu Chaudhary is as per the atmosphere. Music by Sachin Sanghvi and Jigar Saraiya is functional. Anil Radhakrishnan’s sound recording is fine.

Roohi has been promoted with the tagline – the magic of cinema returns, and this uniquely delightful & funny horror popcorn does bring the magic of big screen back and it does with a different rare scream. An extra for the big screen experience coming back with hope.

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