Movie Review: Phoonk 2 (2010)

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phoonk2Ram Gopal Varma presents horror thriller PHOONK 2, the sequel to PHOONK. While the first part was directed by Ram Gopal Varma, the sequel is written & directed by Milind Gadagkar, who incidentally had written the first part also. Starring Sudeep, Amruta Khanvilkar, Ahsaas Channa, Rishabh Jain, Anu Ansari, Ashwini Khalsekar, Neeru Bajwa, Amit Sadh, Ganesh Yadav, Zakir Hussain, Vikas shrivastav, Rakesh Raj, Chyan Trivedi, Jeeva, PHOONK 2 is jointly produced by P. Chandrashekhar and Prashant Burra, who are Ramu’s relatives.

PHOONK 1 ends with the killing of Madhu, the woman who casts a black magic spell on Rajiv’s daughter Raksha. PHOONK 2 begins with Madhu’s ghost returning from the grave to seek revenge on the family. On bagging a new construction project, Rajiv moves with his family to a new place. Raksha and Rohan begin exploring the new place and the surroundings- the lonely beach and then the woods behind the house. The terror begins with Raksha and Rohan finding a doll in the woods and then it progresses to a series of highly traumatizing experiences for the whole family.


Manja, the only man whom Rajiv could turn to, meets a gruesome death at the hands of the black magic woman Madhu’s ghost, who has risen from the grave to avenge her own death… to seek vengeance on Rajiv, by torturing his loved ones- his wife Arati and their children, Raksha and Rohan in unimaginably cruel ways. PHOONK 2 captures the fear of a family caught hostage to a murderous, animalistic spirit seeking revenge by brutally terrorizing them. We experience a fear far larger than that of a live evil than when the dead returns to haunt you. It is the fear where every escape route of yours becomes dangerously anticipated and cunningly laid out in front of you. It is the fear that extends to letting go of one loved one to save another. Where every situation takes a sinister turn for the worse, methodically murdering everyone’s hope to live.

Terrorized by the demonic force, will Rajiv give in to the ghost or will he betray his family and give up? Will the family survive as the gruesome and repulsing murders are committed, or do the disfigured bodies, visions, ghostly voices, and unsettling, disturbing incidents drive them to death? Will the ghost live with them till they become ghosts themselves? The choice that Rajiv has to make in the final moments of the film forms a very unsettling and a highly disturbing climax.


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Positive Reviews
Average Reviews
2.5 “one can’t help feeling that the man (Varma) who helped rejuvenate the horror genre in India might also be instrumental in hastening its demise”
2.5 “Phoonk 2 is just another run-of-the-mill horror film and doesn’t do anything to lift the genre to another level altogether. Still awaiting India’s classic horror flick. “
Times Of India
2.5 “it’s quite ordinary, except for the camerawork and the sound design, which is great. Tepid scare, low chills. “
Movie Talkies
2.5 “Compared to the comedies that are made in the name of horror films, this one’s an average watch. “
Negative Reviews
2.0 “on the whole, the characters are supremely dim-witted and the only suspense in the film is which character will be bumped off next.”
Zee News
2.0 “But scarce scares and fleeting temptation don’t really make Phoonk 2 a must-watch. A few frightening moments is all you get”
2.0 “isn’t very chilling or thrilling. See it if you must.”
2.0 “The thrills and scares are few and far between. They could have made this film in their sleep. Who knows, they probably did! “
Rajeev Masand
2.0 “you wonder what the fuss is about. These people have nothing to fear except fear itself”
2.0 “literally blows things out of proportion. Watching this film is like indulging in two hours of foreplay with no sex”
2.0 “Phoonk 2 remains true to its title; just a puff of air and nothing mind-blowing.”
1.5 “a good idea gone horribly wrong. Disappointing!”
1.5 “worth a sum total of about 3 goosebumps. For those who scare easily, at the very least it’ll help in creating an illusionary triumph over the fear of fear.”
Full Hyderabad
1.5 “Ram Gopal Varma ka Ketchup. Carry your umbrella. It’s raining blood, iodine, tomato sauce out here.”
Khalid Mohamed
1.5 “a criminal waste of your time and hard earned money so its better you just simply stay away from this one!”
Real Bollywood
1.5 “a good idea gone horribly wrong. Disappointing!”
DNA India
1.0 “Watch Phoonk 2 only if you liked the first one and can stomach horror movies.”
Star Box Office
1.0 “It’s unlikely you’ll remember Phoonk (a relatively superior flick) to go armed with its back-stories for the sparse, stunted, sissy sequel this one is supposed to be”
Hindustan Times

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