Ragini MMS is a 2011 Indian found footage horror film directed by Pawan Kripalani and produced by Jeetendra and Shobha Kapoor of Balaji Telefilms. It was released on 13 May 2011 (Friday the 13th). The film is inspired by the 2007 American supernatural horror film Paranormal Activity and is partly based on the real story of a girl from Delhi named Deepika. It is loosely based on Stephen King's novel Gerald's Game.
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Pawan Kripalani|
|Produced by||Ekta Kapoor|
Sidhartha M. Jain
|Screenplay by||Pawan Kripalani|
|Story by||Pawan Kripalani|
|Music by||Shamir Tandon|
S D Burman
|Edited by||Pooja Ladha Surti|
|Distributed by||ALT Entertainment|
Balaji Motion Pictures
|Budget||₹13 million (US$190,000)|
|Box office||₹90 million (US$1.3 million)|
The movie starts with Uday entering the house of Ragini. The door is answered by Ragini's friend. Uday then wakes up Ragini from sleep and tells her to get ready for their weekend getaway.They then travels by car whole day and they reach Uday's house; a mysterious place at a deserted location. Ragini's mom calls her to know her whereabouts but Ragini lies and cuts the call. Uday is involved in hideous business of selling the scandalous videos of innocent girls. This time, he got Ragini who thinks that he loves her. They then try to eat the dinner but they saw that the parcel the brought had insects in it so they throw it out. They then move to bedroom and is interrupted by a knock at the door. Ragini's friend Pia and her boyfriend Vishal has came to visit them. Furious by their visit, Uday tells Ragini to get rid of them. But they stayed for a while. Then Vishal asks Uday for a way to bathroom and Uday tells him. Seeing dark way to bathroom, Vishal tells Uday that a woman used to live in this house whom her family members called witch and murdered her then her spirit came and murdered her whole family and since then her spirit is living here.At this, Uday makes fun of him and goes away. Then Vishal is seen staring at a wall and then he comes in house from front door as if he falled down and he sensed that something is wrong with this house, Pia and Vishal leave in hurry. Afterwards, Uday turns on the cameras without informing Ragini and ties her hands to the bed and start to make love to Ragini.But he is pulled from his hairs by someone. Afraid by this he checks the room thoroughly but found no one. He and Ragini started to hear some noises and Uday said in Marathi that "I am not a witch". He then go out check the clumsy noises. He returns in a strange frightful condition and stained with blood. Ragini instantly asks him to open her hands up but Uday is scared and out of his mind. Ragini; terribly frightened by the thought of some provoked evil spirit at this hour of night; begs to unlock the scaffolds. Uday once tries to do so but suddenly something happens and Ragini gets the view of blood sunk Uday near the bed. Ragini tries to reach for the keys but unable to do so. Some boys pass by but are afraid of responding the Ragini's screams for help. Suddenly Uday picks up a pointed object and inserts it in his neck thus killing him. Terrified by this Ragini screams for help but no one listens. She tried to break the bed but in vain. The night is over but she stayed like that unable to open her cuffs. She then finds the piece of glass and cut her hand to get out of cuff for lubrication. And run towards the car. Finding the car she saw body of Vishal and tried to start the car but is pulled out of car. And she then finds the body of Pia. Then someone pulled her from her hair and takes her back to the house. She sits there and the spirit then hangs her to wall for many days. The film ends in anonymous situation. In the end, it shown that a boy found Ragini unconscious and she has to psychiatric treatment for 10 months. It can be assumed that the story is open ended and a warning for the innocent girls to be extra cautious while falling into trap of negative people.
The film was originally titled Raginni MMS but a numerologist advised Ekta Kapoor to change it to Ragini MMS. The film took only 25 days to shoot. Total six cameras were used to shot the film including Canon 7D, Arri Alexa and a handicam. The size of the total footage shot was around 2.5 terabytes.
The film had a midnight première on 13 May 2011 in Pune. The film opened to a very good response in its first week grossing ₹ 77.5 million. It was steady during its second week and grossed ₹ 99.4 million at the end of its second week. The film recovered its cost within two days of release.
Upon release, the film met with mixed reviews. Taran Adarsh from Bollywood Hungama gave it 4/5 stars and called it a "creepy, spine-chilling date movie" saying, "Ragini MMS amalgamates components of horror, paranormal and sex seamlessly. It titillates, it petrifies, but most importantly, it tells you a story which is daunting, imaginative and unconventional." Naresh Deoshi from Apunka Choice also gave the film 4/5 stars calling it "a damn scary film!" Ankur Pathak from Rediff.com gave the film 3.5/5 stars and said "Ekta Kapoor's new film is terrifyingly real, and immensely watchable for the cold fright it inspires. She must be lauded for relying on young actors, and believing in the risky attempt of largely untouched storytelling." Nikhat Kazmi from the Times of India gave the film 3.5/5 stars as well. She said "...Ragini MMS makes a heady cocktail of sex and horror that's so very different from run-of-the-mill Bollywood." Shubha Shetty-Saha gave the film a good review of 3/5 and said "some scenes were so scary, that I actually wanted to run out of the theatre."
Mayank Shekhar from the Hindustan Times gave the film 2/5 stars, while Pankaj Sabnani from Glamsham gave the film an average review of 2.5/5 saying "Ragini MMS isn't worth 'circulating', if you have a large appetite for horror." Aniruddha Guha from DNA gave the film 2/5 saying, "Watch Ragini MMS only if you dig cheap thrills. But don't worry about losing sleep thereafter."
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|Released||19 April 2011|
The music is composed by S. D. Burman, Shamir Tandon, Faizan Hussain, Agnel Roman, and Bappi Lahiri. The soundtrack for the film was released on 19 April 2011. It consists of only four songs, including the hit song "Raat Akeli Hai" from the 1967 film, Jewel Thief. Erik Satie's Gymnopedie No. 1 is also heard in pieces in this film.
A sequel to the movie, Ragini MMS 2 was made and released on 21 March 2014. Continuing the story, the sequel focused on a film crew who went back to the haunted house to shoot a film on the infamous Ragini MMS scandal. It was directed by Bhusan Patel.
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