Producer Dinesh Vijan loves the comedy-horror space. Which is why he has returned to it again in Roohi,earlier titled Roohani Afzani, and even earlier titled Roohi Afza. I guess the chills got better and better with each title change.
The trailer has a sturdy confident feel to it, as though its team , director Hardik Mehta, producer Vijan and Rajkummar Rao(common to both Stree and Roohi) actually belireved in the eerie mumbjumbo. They do project a fair amount of glee into the gore in the trailer.And yes, Janhvi Kapoor makes a cute ghostly spirit, bulging eyes neck rotating 360-degrees and all.
I did get the feeling that Roohi is a bit thin on plot. Then I may be wrong. Besides, how much of a plot did Stree have?
What I found disturbing was Rajkummar Rao’s lisp. Are we back to trying to get laughs out of a physical disability? Varun Sharma most definitely provides some genuine laughs in the trailer . He asks Janhvi(and the chudail inside her ) is she will have non-veg or veg.When Janhvi in her timid voice answers veg, Varun reminds her not to be selfish. “Think about the one inside you.She’s definitely non-veg.”
Then there is the DDLJ moment when Varun asks Jhanvi to palat. And Jahnvi’s heads does a complete spin without the rest of her body turning.All the three main actors Rao, Kapoor and Sharma seem to have fun with the fear fest . Mumbo Jumbo can be fun if kept on the preposterous plane. I think Roohi gets the point. Now if only the film lives up to the promise made by the trailer.