April 16, 2010 (Calcutta Tube): Phoonk 2 is a 2010 Hindi movie produced by Ram Gopal Varma, directed by Milind Gadagkar with Sudeep, Amruta Khanwilkar, Neeru Singh, Amit Sadh, Ashwini Kalsekar, Jeeva in lead roles. Read the film review at CalcuttaTube.
Producer: Ram Gopal Varma;
Starring: Sudeep, Amruta Khanwilkar, Ahasaas Channa, Neeru Singh, Amit Sadh, Ashwini Kalsekar and Jeeva
Director: Milind Gadagkar
Movie Review by Sampurn
Verdict: Phoonk 2- Just stay away!
Rating: 1.5 out of 5*
First things first. Phoonk 2 is scarier than Phoonk (2008). But despite that it ends up as a big disappointment because of its ridiculous climax. It neither offers the interesting argument about science v/s superstition which it did in the first part nor does it end with victory of good over evil properly.
Phoonk ended with Madhu (Ashwini Kalsekar) who practices black magic on Rajiv’s (Sudeep) family getting killed by tantrik Manja (Zakir Hussain). Phoonk 2 begins with some time having passed by since then. The old granny has gone off to a tirth yaatra and Rajiv takes his family to a vacation at his newly purchased beach house in Alibaug. But little does he know that his troubles have not really ended but multiplied in fact. Dead Madhu’s ghost comes to haunt his family. Her spirit enters Rajiv’s wife Aarti’s (Amruta Khanwilkar) body. It aims to kill all those people who are dear to Rajiv including his daughter Raksha (Ahsaas Channa) and sister Arushi (Neeru) who has come down from the US with her hubby Ronnie (Amit Sadh). How Rajiv fights back Madhu and the life threat on his near and dear ones forms the rest of the film.
Directed by debutante director Milind Gadagkar who earlier wrote Phoonk, the sequel manages to pack in more chills and thrills and keeps you terrified most of the time than the first one. Which is a good thing considering its genre. However, problems crop up as the film reaches its climax. Not only the never ending climax is extremely gory with blood spilled all over and dead bodies falling one by one but it actually ends up leading to nowhere! It not only leaves many questions unanswered like the fact that where did Madhu’s spirit suddenly go after going on a murder spree or why didn’t it hurt the Rajiv’s two family members locked in a bedroom. May be this is done to create a platform for another sequel! Whatever it is but it leaves you completely irritated.
The camerawork of any Ram Gopal Varma production is always unique and it is terrific in Phoonk 2 as well. It succeeds in heightening the tension. But, the background music disappoints in this song less film.
Amongst the actors Sudeep gets it right again playing the hapless father. Amruta is excellent in a difficult role. Ahsaas Channa shows good improvement in her acting skills over the first part. The little boy playing her brother is good as well. Neeru Singh and Amit Sadh don’t get much scope. Ashwini Kalsekar succeeds in scaring the daylights out of you yet again. Jeeva playing the tantric is effective in his small part.
Phoonk 2 is a criminal waste of your time and hard earned money so its better you just simply stay away from this one!
Movie Review by IANS
Verdict: Best performance in ‘Phoonk 2’? From the crow
‘Phoonk 2’ is definitely not the scariest film we’ve seen. Ram Gopal Varma’s terror theme has clearly run its course.
Perched somewhere between crowing (ahem ahem) about the supernatural and crying over the nerve-wracking disruption of domestic harmony by a ghost which just won’t go away, ‘Phoonk 2’ is like that promised roller-coaster ride which gets aborted in the first lap because of a short circuit.
It’s not really Varma or his director Milind Gadagkar’s fault. It’s the nature of the material. Varma’s love for horror has never extended beyond there’s-something-under-the-bed kind of unwarranted foreboding that we all feel in a new environment. In a majority of his horror films, a family moves into a new haunted home and experiences the eerie.
Ironically, Varma’s best effort in the horror genre was ‘Kaun’ where the victim of terror (Urmila Matondkar) was stalked by unseen forces in her own home. The terror, it turned out was not under the bed, but in the mentally disturbed girl’s head.
There wasn’t much terror, let alone horror, in ‘Phoonk’. Under the bed, or in the head. In ‘Phoonk 2′ the characters’ screeching plea to have us believe they are under immediate peril is sadly not communicated to the viewers. We remain tragically detached from the trauma of Kannada star Sudeep’s family.
Haven’t we seen it all? By now the trademark Varma camera movements, here manoeuvred with emphatic energy by cinematographer Charles Meher, and the intricate cluttered but effective sound design by Jayesh Dhakkan and Jayant Vajpayee do nothing to suck us into the plot.
The technique remains unfastened to the characters. Their desperate attempts to get away from the supernatural remain desperately detached from the audience.
At the end of the two hours into the zone of error-terror we are left wondering why Varma threw open a contest inviting any viewer to undergo an ECG to check his heart beats.
It is this film that needs a respiratory system. Varma’s last horror outing ‘Agyaat’ with its spooky ominous wide-open jungles was far more gripping. In ‘Phoonk 2’, you wonder what the fuss is about. These people have nothing to fear except fear itself.
And yes, Varma was right. The crow does come up with the best performance. And that’s nothing to crow about.