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Phoonk 2 - Movie Review

Updated on: 17 April,2010 07:36 AM IST  | 
Bryan Durham |

It's about the undead crazy black magic woman (and not about the crow as producer RGV loves to claim in his many interviews to promote the film).

Phoonk 2 - Movie Review

Phoonk 2
U/A; Horror
Dir: Milind Gadagkar
Cast: Sudeep, Amruta Khanvilkar, Ahsaas Channa, Ashwini Kalsekar, Neeru Bajwa, Amit Sadh

What's it about: It's about the undead crazy black magic woman (and not about the crow as producer RGV loves to claim in his many interviews to promote the film).

Warning: I'm not going to go out of my way to bring you up to speed on the hows and whys of the first part's connection to this pompous sequel.

Now a tween, Raksha (Ahsaas) scowls when reminded of the time she was "sick".u00a0 Her dad Rajiv (Sudeep) asks no questions when theu00a0 beti gets home strange dolls but freaks out when the son starts "moving heads".

Senses nothing amiss when the wife, Aarti complains she's hearing voices (when he doesn't) but freaks when she talks in a voice he distinctly recognises.

The voice belongs to Madhu (a barely-there Ashwini), who returns as a vengeful spirit. She's after Aarti
(Amruta) and Sudeep, who (indirectly) was responsible for her death. This time, she goes for the jugular... and just doesn't let go.u00a0

What's hot: Only Ahsaas Channa is more confident this time around.

What's not: The flick is filled with mid-shots and low angles and shots that offer you a 360-degree view of rooms. You are led to believe there's a method to the madness. Sorry to disappoint you.

In the second half, Madhu, who has possessed Aarti, threatens to kill off everyone Rajiv loves, tadpaa-tadpaa ke.

She then proceeds to kill off Zakir Hussain (the excorcist tantrik from the first part), the second wide-eyed idiot, the gardener-cum-guard, the maid, the best friend, and some (note: not all) of Rajiv's family. Short-term memory loss, ghost? Or have you edited out something we should have known, Mr Editor? Where does Madhu go after "The End"? We never know.

And why does Rajiv simply have to take the phone call in the end, Milind? Whose call was he expecting?
The general feel is amateurish.

What to do: For the most part, Phoonk 2 feels more like a horror spoof rather than the real deal. What's worse, it works neither as an unintended comedy nor as scare fare. Watch only if you want to phoonk away your money.

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