Roohi, starring Jahnvi Kapoor and Rajkummar Rao, marked its theatrical release yesterday after a long wait. The film is Kapoor’s fifth addition to her cinematic repertoire, but will it outshine her character from Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl that won our hearts?
Roohi: Story & Movie cast –
Directed by Hardik Mehta, who has worked on films and shows such as Lootera, Queen, Mausam, Paatal Lok, and more, Roohi is a horror-comedy that revolves around two boys, Bhawra Pandey (Rajkummar Rao) and Kattanni Qureshi (Varun Sharma). The two boys are stuck with Roohi in unusual circumstances, and everything seems to be going according to their poorly concocted plan until they realise there’s an insidious spirit among them. She seems to be a simple girl, but they soon realise that she has another side to her ‑ her paranormal personality, Afza. Bhaura develops feeling for Roohi, and Kattanni falls for Afza. With a strange romance brewing between the trio, Bhaura wants to get rid of Afza, while Kattani wants to make sure she lives on so that he can romance her. Their crazy attempts to find a solution to their problem leads them into strange, but comic situations, where they encounter bizarre characters. The kernel of the story also reveals why Roohi or Afza abduct brides on their honeymoon.
While the twisted plot adds comedic charms and a few laughs, it doesn’t really help with the actual story, leaving us not-so-happy about our theatrical visit after a year of several lockdowns. What we did enjoy is acting by Jahnvi Kapoor and Rajkummar Rao in lead roles. Although after seeing Jahnvi Kapoor as The Kargil Girl, Roohi doesn’t quite live up to our expectations, considering we also admired her performance in Netflix’s Original series, Ghost Stories.
Making for a reluctant one-time watch, Roohi has done a great job with the genre, but the average emotional connection and the lack of a stronger narrative dim the light on our new rising star, Jahnvi Kapoor.
All images: courtesy Roohi