The trend of horror movies is back again in Bollywood with three horror movies that are ready for the release to scare the audiences. First on the list is Rokkk, followed by Shaapit which is produced and directed by Vikram Bhatt and the third on the list is Phoonk 2 which directed by a debutant director Milind Gadagkar. However, Shaapit and Phoonk 2 have not yet released, so let's talk about the first horror release of this season, Rokkk. Director Rajesh Ranshinge has tried his best to scare the audience, but the fact is that no where down the story you will feel that the movie is really taking over your fear factor. Overall, the story is good, though not excellent, but I guess what does not work for Rokkk is the performance from not so regular actors.
The plot revolves around Anushka(Tanushree Dutta) who weds an elderly man Ravi(Sachin Khedekar) against her family and because of this her relationship with her mother(Nishigandha Wad) and sister Ahana(Udita Goswami) is in troubled waters. However, one day Ahana receives a call from Anushka that someone is going to kill her and Ahana finally finds out that Anushka is in a mental asylum. Ahana feels that she must help her sister and rushes to the mental asylum where CID officer Ranveer(Shaad Randhawa) informs Ahana that Anushka has murdered her husband and sister-in-law and now has disappeared from the mental asylum as well. Though, Ranveer and Ahana do not gel together in their initial encounters. However, soon they realize that the only way to find the truth about Anushka is to help each other in every possible way and what and how they reveal is all that leads to the climax of the movie.
Compare to the other reviews of Rokkk, I have tried not to spill out too much of information because honestly, Rokkk does not have anything new to the story. Hence, if I share with you more details than you won't enjoy the movie even for a minute. The plot is good in bits and pieces and director Rajesh Ranshinge has tried his best to lift most of the scenes from a typical Ramsay movie, but fails to pack a punch. Few scenes look like they are inspired from movies like Grudge and The Ring, but still they do not arouse any fear. One good thing about Rokkk is that there are no songs in the movie which makes sure that the story does not deviate, but in any horror movie there are two things that are very important and they are the background score and the camera movement. The sound effects of the movie is very much like a Ramsay movie, they are good but not the best because they do not blend well with the scenes. Imagine you are watching Grudge with a background score from Purana Mandir and what you get is Rokkk. The cinematography by Shakeel Khan is good enough and that is the only plus factor of the movie.
However, Rokkk fails because of poor performance by Udita Goswami, Tanushree Dutta and Shaad Randhawa, but Sachin Khedekar and Ashwini Kalsekar are really good in the limited roles that they are playing on screen. Even Arif Zakaria as a healer has done a good job but even good performance by these senior actors cannot Rokkk the movie from going down the drain.