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Auditya and Sada in Mohini
  'Mohini' - film review

Rajendra Singh Babu is one of the few directors in Kannada who tried his hand in almost all genres of cinema and has been successful. Now, for the first time, he ventured into a horror thriller 'Mohini' and it's very disappointing to see Babu as a loser.

Unlike formula movies, mysterious and horror flicks always hold an attraction for the audience. But to scare the living daylights out of the viewer, it ought to be nested with blood curdling and spine chilling stories. That's the key shortcoming of Mohini. Another major drawback is the poor utilization of sound effects and graphics though the suspense part keeps you on your toes.

Let's get it straight. Varsha (Sada), a journalist, is on lookout for a breakthrough in massage parlors sex racket while her boyfriend Varun (Aditya), a COD officer is in search of a missing girl called Mohini. Both Varsha and Varun strongly believe that both the cases are interconnected. Later it is revealed that Mohini is indeed dead and she as a ghost is trying to kill everybody who made her life miserable. She enters the body of a kid who happens to be Varun's niece and starts pestering his sister and brother-in-law. Varun slowly gets to the bottom of the whole issue. But how?

'Horror' is not an apt word for Mohini. The film doesn't even succeed in sending a slight shiver down your spine. Furthermore, it's a mishmash of other thrillers like '100 days', 'Raaz', 'Exorcist', 'Missed Call' etc. Many sequences in Mohini remind you of those films.

However, Babu has taken the best technical support from his crewmembers, particularly cameraman Giri who excels throughout the film. Hamsalekha gives couple of peppy numbers though he once again demonstrates his love for 'English' lyrics! Editing and sound effects are certainly falling short. Auditya has improved a lot while Sada looks good. Rest of the supporting cast like Suhasini, Anu Prabhakar, Rajesh, Nazzar, Adi Lokesh have done their bit with ease. Komal Kumar and Bullet Prakash's comic sequences certainly makes you laugh.

On the whole, Mohini miserably lacks the power to scare, terrify and lapidify. In fact, it's as ineffectual as the director's recent movies, which bombed in the box office.

Direction: S.V. Rajendra Singh Babu
Producer: Mohan
Music: Hamsalekha
Cinematography: Giri
Cast: Auditya, Sada, Suhasini, Anu Prabhakar, Rajesh, Nazzar, Adi Lokesh, Komal Kumar, Bullet Prakash etc

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