Ramgopal Varma’s love for horror and supernatural continues. This time, in PHOONK 2, the team behind PHOONK promise more chills, more thrills and more shouts. But what you get to hear at the end with the screening is a moan, since PHOONK 2 lacks the chills, thrills and screams that were the mainstay of its first part.
A sequel works if it goes one step before the first part, in terms of content mainly. But PHOONK 2 doesn’t take a step forward, but a measure backwards. So exactly what is the problem? Let’s get into the introspection technique.
The problem is, what does the viewer expect from PHOONK 2? More terrifying and scary moments, right? But PHOONK 2 results in as one folks usual revenge films, which tries challenging to create an eerie atmosphere, but never succeeds. It’s more of a slasher film !
The problem is, the pace of PHOONK 2 is excruciatingly slow, which just doesn’t generate a horror film. The story unravels at a snail’s pace along with hardly any terrifying/eerie moments in the above hours, the film falls flat on its face.
The problem is, PHOONK 2 fails in its sending. The idea is a master stroke and had writer turned director Milind Gadagkar handled it right, PHOONK 2 would’ve scared the daylights through you. But the film looks incomplete and the viewer keeps wondering, where did the spirit disappear?
Final word? PHOONK 2 lacks the grip of PHOONK. An entirely letdown!
PHOONK ends with the killing of Madhu [Ashwini Kalsekar], lady who casts a black magic spell on Rajiv’s [Sudeep] daughter Raksha [Ahsaas Channa]. PHOONK 2 begins with Madhu’s ghost returning at the grave to seek revenge on relatives.
Rajiv moves with his family several new city. Raksha and her brother Rohan begin exploring the actual place as well as the surroundings the lonely beach and then the woods behind the house. The terror begins with Raksha and Rohan steps doll your past woods and then it progresses to a series of highly traumatizing experiences for everyone in your house.
Manja [Zakir Hussain], just man whom Rajiv could turn to, meets a gruesome death at the hands of Madhu’s spider. Madhu seeks revenge on Rajiv by torturing his loved ones his wife Aarti [Amruta Khanvilkar] along with children, Raksha and Rohan in unimaginably cruel suggestions.
Debutante director Milind Gadagkar uses every trick the actual planet book to make PHOONK 2 work night shots, secluded bungalow, eerie silence, captivating sound design and zany camera bottoms. Gadagkar does everything right, but conveniently forgets that any film, irrespective of its genre, works if tale is captivating and moves constantly. In this particular case, tale just doesn’t move a first hour, except towards the interval problem.
The post-interval portions show some movement, but a lot of of questions remain un answered. What do Amit Sadh and Neeru see in the jungles the player start running helter-skelter? Also, if the spirit could enter a body [in this case, the wife’s], where does it disappear when the wife falls off the terrace at the end? Ideally, you expect the spirit to come face to deal with and battle it by helping cover their the already cornered Sudeep and his two children and teenagers. But the spirit a lot!
Gadagkar any brilliant idea, but he fails to translate it on celluloid. To make matters worse, the film just doesn’t scare you one part. kala jadoo is right, although the movement belonging to the camera reminds you so much of RGV-directed movies.
Sudeep does a fairly okay endeavor. Amruta Khanvilkar is expressive enough. The kids, Ahsaas and the little one playing her brother are efficient. Neeru and Amit Sadh do not get much style. Ashwini Kalsekar is hardly there. Ganesh Yadav, Zakir Hussain and Jeeva make brief performances. Anu Ansari is understand.