Movie Name: Roohi
Roohi Director: Hardik Mehta
Roohi Cast: Janhvi Kapoor, Rajkummar Rao, Varun Sharma
Roohi Movie Rating: 3.0/5 stars
The story is about a village where women are kidnapped and then married off against her will. Roohi (Janhvi Kapoor) is kidnapped by Bhaura (Rajkumar Rao) and Varun Sharma (Kattanni) on the instructions of their boss, Gujiya Shakeel (Manav Vij). However, a twist of fate forces them to hide her in a forest only to realise she is possessed with the Rooh (spirit) of Afza. Things become a bit tricky when Bhaura falls in love with Roohi’s innocence while Kattanni gets infatuated with Afza. But Roohi and Afza are the same person but as Kattanni says ‘yeh shareer ka pyar nahi’. Hereon the script takes us on a bumpy ride!
Directed by Hardik Mehta, the first half is crazy and filled with some amazing entertaining moments and great performances by Rajkumar Rao and Varun Sharma. Punchlines on today’s world like Instagram followers, WhatsApp and lingo makes them both funny and relatable. The second half is where the film loses its pace (and audience interest). It’s stretched, as if the makers were unsure of fitting the pieces of the puzzle. In the attempt it gets repetitive and challenges the audience to put in more effort to find reasons to laugh or be spooked.
The love triangle which initially seemed promising and funny, suddenly feels like you are stuck at the traffic of a highway toll both on your way to a vacation. Rajkummar and Janhvi’s chemistry finds momentum but only for a fraction of seconds.
Rajkumar Rao is brilliant and as always gets into the skin of the character. The makers of Roohi chose to start the film with the song- Nadiyon Paar. Janhvi looks stunning in the song but doesn’t look effortless. There is huge scope for the role and character offered to her but her struggle around powerful performers is evident. Mostly, her ability gets lost in the heavy prosthetic makeup and effects as mudiya pairi. Varun Sharma is likeable as always and keeps you hooked most of the time when he is on-screen. His adorable acts and expressions definitely add to the cuteness and humour quotient of the film. It is difficult to match or over-shine Rajkumar in his craft, but there are scenes where the eternal Chucha (Varun) wins the battle.