Roohi- A comic-horror drama that gives a few rare moments of chill & laughter

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Director- Hardik Mehta

Producer- Maddock Films, Jio Studios

Cast- Janhvi Kapoor, Rajkumar Rao, Varun Sharma, Alexx O Niel, Manav Vij, Sarita Joshi   

Run Time- 134 minutes, Language- Hindi

Music- Sachin-Jigar

Release Date- 11th March 2021

Two small-town boys, Bhaura Pandey (Rajkummar Rao) and Kattanni Qureshi (Varun Sharma), met with Roohi (Janhvi Kapoor) under strange circumstances. She seems to be a simple girl, but they soon realize that she has another ‘ghostly’ side to her – Afza. Bhaura falls for Roohi and Kattanni for Afza. With a strange romance brewing between the trio, Bhaura wants to get rid of Afza, while Kattani makes sure she lives on so that he can romance her. Their crazy attempts to solve out their problem leads them into strange & comic situation, where they encounter bizarre circumstances and people.

Mrighdeep Singh Lamba & Gautam Mehra’s story is interesting but the screenplay & dialogues could not leave much impact. Hardik Mehta’s direction is a little weak, still, he manages to set the mood right, especially in the horror scenes. The film interestingly presents the small towns Baagadpur, Ambiyapur and Chimmatipur with their existing customs that goes well with the storyline. On the flip side, the climax is disappointing with the film ending on an abrupt note. The film seeks to subvert genre conventions and venture into the terrain of feminist rebellion. It delivers a reasonably passable first half – it is enlivened by Varun Sharma’s comic timing, but then meanders into a post-interval stretch that limps around in circles until a bizarre twist in the climax.

The three centre actors of the plot – Rajkummar, Varun and Janhvi, all are in great form and complement each other’s performances. Rajkummar has mastered playing the small-town guy with coloured hair and a goofy smile with required mannerisms and body language. Varun shines with his great comic timing and perfect expressions. Janhvi goes very well with both her characters and plays them with equal ease and charm. She switches among the different expressions and other requisites effortlessly and leaves an impact.

Must Mentions

  • The film becomes one of the very few to release in Theatres, amidst Covid Pandemic situation
  • Two tracks ‘Nadiyon Paar’ & ‘Panghat’ played during opening & closing credits are the highlights of the sound track


Rating: 2.5/5

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