Roohi movie review: This Rajkummar Rao-Janhvi Kapoor-Varun Sharma starrer doesn’t do justice to Stree’s horror universe

roohi movie review

Bhawra (Rajkummar Rao) and Kattanni (Varun Sharma) are in the business of kidnapping girls in their small town to get forcibly marrie did to the boys and their families interested in making those girls their brides. When they pull off the same stunt with Roohi (Janhvi Kapoor), they get way more than they bargained for this this time, they kidnap not one, but two souls, with the second being the spirit (chudail), Afzana, living inside Roohi.

Movie: Roohi
Roohi Cast: Rajkummar Rao, Varun Sharma, Janhvi Kapoor, Manav Vij, Alexx O’Nell
Roohi Director: Hardik Mehta

The appeal of horror comedies has picked up of late among the Hindi-cinema audience despite Mehmood saab’s Bhoot Bungla having hit the bull’s-eye way back in 1965. For some reason though, the industry did not or didn’t feel like cashing in on its success, despite the South industry making merry with these types of films, especially over the last three decades or so. It wasn’t until years later that another horror-comedy of repute emerged in Bollywood with Bhool Bhulaiyaa in 2007, and then, too, it took another six years before Go Goa Gone energized the sub-genre, followed by Stree, another five years later, whose blockbuster success really made the audience sit up and yearn for more horror-comedies. So, now, three years later (would’ve been two if not for the lockdown), the producer of Stree, Dinesh Vijan, returns with Roohi, the next installment in the same horror universe, also starring the leading man of Stree, Rajkummar Rao, along with Janhvi Kapoor and Varun Sharma. So, does it manage to have the same impact? Sadly, it doesn’t even come close.

So, are you excited about what to watch this weekend or what to watch this week and wondering whether Roohi is worth the trip to the theatre? Scroll down for my full Roohi review…

What’s it about

Bhawra (Rajkummar Rao) and Kattanni (Varun Sharma) are in the business of kidnapping girls in their small town to get forcibly marrie did to the boys and their families interested in making those girls their brides. When they pull off the same stunt with Roohi (Janhvi Kapoor), they get way more than they bargained for this this time, they kidnap not one, but two souls, with the second being the spirit (chudail), Afzana, living inside Roohi. Things come to a head when both Bhawra and Kattanni fall for Roohi and Afzana and need to race against time to respective love interests.

What’s hot

Varun Sharma is delightful in Roohi, elevating even the most mundane dialogues and pedestrian writing with his sheer talent for humour and that impeccable comic timing we’ve grown so fond of. Other than him, the film has a few good scares coupled with some genuinely funny moments, but they’re smattered far and wide. Four other aspects that do their bit to keep us remotely engaged are the sound effects, production design, Amalendu Chaudhary’s camerawork and Ketan Sodha’s enthusing background score. Plus, the makeup done on Janhvi Kapoor in her Afzana avatar is well on point, so kudos to that.

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