When you go to a theatre to watch a horror-comedy, you expect that you will get scared and also laugh out loud. Well, you do laugh out loud while watching Roohi, but there’s hardly anything in it that will scare you.
Set in a small town, the movie starts by showcasing the practice of bride kidnapping which is quite normal for people staying there. Bhawra (Rajkummar Rao) and Katanni (Varun Sharma) have to kidnap a girl named Roohi (Janhvi Kapoor) and make her marry a boy forcefully. But things don’t go as planned, and Roohi’s marriage gets postponed because of which she has to stay with the two guys for a few days.
Bhawra and Katanni then come to know that Roohi is possessed by a chudail named Afza who wants to get married. But, the marriage has to take place soon, or Afza will kill Roohi. Meanwhile, to make it funny, the makers have given a love triangle here, where Bhawra falls in love with Roohi and Katanni falls in love with the chudail Afza. How Bhawra and Katanni save Roohi takes the story forward.
Written by Mrighdeep Singh Lamba and Gautam Mehra, and directed by Hardik Mehta, Roohi has some really good comedy scenes, but then this is a horror-comedy, so, you cannot ignore the horror element here. That’s the biggest problem of the film. There are hardly any scenes that will scare you. The make-up and the VFX, done on Janhvi’s face, fail to scare apart from a couple of scenes in the first half.
Also, the makers are trying to create a horror-comedy universe with different characters, Stree was the first character, and now, there’s Roohi. So, of course, after Stree, we would have expected a better film, but that doesn’t happen here. It’s not that Roohi is bad film, but it clearly had the potential to be better.
Performance-wise, Varun Sharma stands out with his amazing act. He is the star of the film. Rajkummar Rao is good in his part, and Janhvi Kapoor gets to perform in the second half.
On the whole, Roohi is a good film, but it could have been better. You can surely watch it once.
Check out the trailer here…