Phoonk 2: Movie Review


RGV’s latest presentation Phoonk2 takes off from where the first part ended. So the principle characters of the family of four and their servant stays on in Phoonk2. I think there was an effort to make Agyaat2; but when the first one bombed so magnificently, Agyaat2 must have been abandoned and it seems as though the jungle scenes shot for it finds its way in Phoonk2. Hence, to incorporate the jungle in the narrative, Rajiv’s family takes up house at a remote location adjacent to a jungle and in front of a beach.

After about 20 minutes of painfully boring narrative, a horrible looking doll makes its entrance and the camera starts going spookish and spooky sounds start making their presence felt. As a member of the audience a bit of excitement creeps into you expecting some creepy scenes from here on. Alas, it’s not to be so and we have to deal even more boring narrative in which some amateur effort is made to incite fear into us.

The one thing that was missing in the first part was the obligatory horror movie scene of a scantily clad lady investigating sounds that only she can hear. So when Neeru Singh is introduced in the narrative as Aarushi, Rajiv’s sister, hopes were raised that at least with her presence the movie might be an eye candy after all. But no, it was not to be. It seems as though the writer/director Milind Gadagkar has decided that this movie will have not thrills, chills and defiantly no titillation. Ergo, it has no fun either.

It’s a struggle to sit through the entire movie without nodding off to a sleep. Milind Gadagkar deserves a pat on a back for making a 1.50 hr+ narrative seem like a painful three hour movie. A lot of reels are used up to show every nook and corner of the house. Did a real estate broker’s CD find its way into the editing table by mistake? And just when you think it can’t get worse, the movie’s disjointed narrative during the climax makes you want to haunt the director after your death. It’s a one long slasher narrative which, instead of being exciting, makes the audience struggle with where the principle characters are placed and where they suddenly appear from. And I am not just talking about the Bhoot here.

The movie could have delivered a lot in a more adept hand though. The concept was good. The cinematography by Charles Meher is very good. There are quite a few long takes which would have helped in building up the tension, but all of it goes down the drain due to a very bad background score. I don’t know if an editor was present. If there was one, he would have done a better job during the show the house sessions. And the editor really shouldn’t have slept during the climax sequence making a muddle of it all.

Most the actors have nothing much to do and they just go through the motions. Only Amruta as Aarti has a scope of some histrionics and she doesn’t make a hash of it. Ahsaas who plays the role of Rakhsa, the daughter who has a fetish for horrible looking dolls, also does a decent job. In the first movie, the crow was part of the narrative and similarly in the second part, blood seems to have replaced the crow. There are oodles of blood all over the place. The director gleefully ODs on the blood and gore to make the proceedings chilling, but all it does is make us laugh.

The tagline in the posters says that the first was a warning. Yes, no two ways about that. It was a warning to not watch the second part. Pity I didn’t heed the warning.

First posted on PFC

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