Phoonk is the latest product from the Ram Gopal Varma stable…
First things first, it is unfair to call phoonk a horror movie. It is a disgrace!! After all, how many horror movies does one see where you have 2 proper songs being sung in the movie! Whatever little impact the director managed to contain just swooshes away as soon as the song starts!!
The beauty of horror movies is the grip that they hold over the audience… the moment you heave a sigh of relief, something else happens and you are shaken to the core… In this movie, however, you wait to be shaken… and you keep waiting. I will not deny that there are some scenes that are a bit jittery, but if a person like me can watch this movie, come back home and happily sleep, then there is definitely something wrong in the movie! It just doesnt scare you enough!
It is about black magic. Concept is well dealt with. Only if the thrill factor was a little higher and script bound well, the impact would have been much much greater!
The only good thing about the movie are performances by Kannada actor Sudeep and the child artiste, Ahsaas Channa. The girl has done a very good job, portraying a girl taken over by evil spirit… she is convincing and scary!! Sudeep plays the role of an atheist business man, who is a doting father and a good son! He fits the role very well and with his arrogance and attitude – he seems tailor made for this role! The role of his wife is played by Amruta Khanvilkar. She is quite awkward in the initial few scenes and slowly as the movie moves forward, she improves. One area which she must improve on is her dialogue delivery! The kids have done a better job than her!
Overall, a passable movie… Go only if you want to have some fun at the expense of RGV 🙂
lol…now now…:P we don’t want storms do we? i think he will keep up his good run of good movies…we will tell him to make a good movie when we need rain
I will give a skip I guess 🙂 RGV without Urmila the equation does not work 😀
well, glad I didn’t see it. I prefer real comedies! 🙂
but seriously, I think RGV needs to brush up a little.
@Vishesh: Hahahahha!!! Hilarious is he not? 😉
@BlueMist: Heheh yes it does not! He has lost his midas touch… but then even Urmila couldnt save RGV ki aag!!! 😛
@Nita: Haha! I just hope this phase ends up real soon… He is incredibly talented!!
RGV needs to check his script before he starts making movies.
hope he pays up 5 lakhs to the dude in Bangalore who watched the movie all alone.
@Xylene: Yeah I read about that as well… Anyone could have done it yaar… Well.. I couldnt 😛 Coz I get tooo scared, but yeah I know a lot of people who could… Oh man! The guy is dead meat! Imagine paying up all those guys!!! 😕
Even if you find it comic, I will still not watch it..I mean Iam too scared to watch any horror movie even if it’s mild….:)
@Dev Wow! i m not alone. Yay!!
@Nova No way!! funny or not, I dont want to watch it even in broad daylight. I dont want to risk my sleep.
btw, I’ve heard that he didn’t really direct those movie which were good. His assistant directors did. But he took the credit. That is the accusation his assistant directors made against him. Well, it looks like they were right, because where is his talent now? Well, this is all that I have read somewhere, and some people also left similar comments on my blog. They told me that RGV didn’t really direct those good movies. after seeing sholay 2 can you believe he is talented?
Maybe RGV actually wanted to make a comedy, and market it as a horror movie and cash on the factor that people will be shocked when they watch comedy movie in guise of horror!
… With RGV, anything is possible!!
Looks like you watched RGV’s Aag 😉 I could not !! 😀
Am not watching this 😀 I used to like RGV & I don’t want to start hating him 🙂
BTW u know what? They didn’t pay all the people who could watch the movie all alone.
There was Conditions Apply logic their as well. Th 1st guy who could have watched the movie poori got the prize and anybody after him wouldn’t even get a chance to make an attempt.
Good that i didnt watch this movei! 🙂 (as if, i have seen all the other movies on the show!!! 😦 )
r u n sandeep film critics?? do u live in Mumbai??
and i dont have the heart 2 watch scary films..even if u managed 2 sit thru this 😉
but a horror film is not easy 2 make.. hw many Indian filmmakers come up with such ideas? most of them go by the tried-n-tested..few like Ramu, Madhur Bhandarkar and Nagesh Kukunoor have wht it takes..
Hmmm.. hard to believe RGV made Rangeela 🙂
Can you help super nova get a critic’s job? She’s doing a great service without pay, would be good if she earns a little more, what say nova?? 😛
I have heard its a hit and they are planning Phoonk do (Phoonk 2) 😀
@Lallopallo: Oh come on lallo!!! Take ur girl friend and go for this one 😉
@Reema: Heheheh 🙂 Come on Reems! Give it a shot… believe me, its the only “horror” movies that people like u and I can watch 😉
@Nita: I dont know about that. Since the authenticity of this information is still dubious, Ill like to go with RGV. If his assistant directors were so talented to do it without themselves, they would have no reason to be a part of his camp!! I know sholay 2 was screwed up! But, even Tendulkar gets out at duck some times. Lets give the guy a break!
@Nik: Lol! 😀
@BlueMist: No i dint 🙂 Just couldnt muster up enough courage 😉
@Smita: Hehehe yeah wise decision 🙂
@Sakhi: Hehehheehe 🙂
@Swats: Hey No am not.. 😉 But, would love to become one 😛 And No, I dont live in Mumbai 🙂 Seriously, try this one.. u wont feel like u r watching a horror movie.. yeah! I agree with u 🙂
@Amit: What!!?? Heheheh… wonder who will go to watch it????
@Sandeep: Heheheheh 😛 lol!!! Why not Sandeep 😉
at least it wasn’t embarrassing (remember shahrukh running after a heart attack).
nope, not doing bollywood again! neva eva eva eva eva! 😀
(ya rite) ;p
I am struggling myself lol..I don’t get to review big banner films..I have only reviewed 2 films as yet..De Taali and Thodi Life Thoda Magic..
Okay! Good attempt!
Swats, may be you can ask us to be guest reviewers once you are established 🙂
:)… i just completed my share of wailing over the lost money and found u among the related posts list…
was a nice read… 🙂
BTW, chk out ma version too… i saw the movie today 😦
Its a horr(ible) movie ….a discgrace to the original 1973 excorcist
I gave it a pass …
Yeah, phoonk-2 is coming .. I think they should name it THOONK .. LOL !!
@Norrbu: Lol yeah! Thats kal ho na ho right??
@Roop: Hahahhaha 🙂
@Swats: Thats commendable Swats. Soon enough people will ask who Taran Adarsh? We know only Swati 😉
@Sandeep: lol!!! 🙂
@Tessie: Hahahah thanks 🙂 Will do so 🙂
@Chaitanya: Lol! Is it a rip off of Exorcist?
@Soham: Lol!!!! Good one 😉
You have been tagged 🙂 by the Rock On Tag. here – http://sanjukta.wordpress.com/2008/08/30/rock-on-grows-over-you/
Go catch it soon 🙂
But a review for phoonk I mean seriously… 😛
I should’ve taken up the offer to watch the movie alone in the theater for the money!! 😀
He’s a talented film-maker who let his arrogance get the better of him.
He needs to take a break and come back with something fresh.
Your theme Nova,
the mix of pink and grey and the boxes are very nice,
in fact the most original layout I have ever seen.
Just wondering, are you going to change the layout anytime soon?
he he …i have stopped watching his movies long back 😀
Now, i’ll surely give a miss to this Phoonk…
I’m shit scared of horror movies.
But i think im gonna give this one a try!
@Sanjukta: Ill watch the movie and do the tag! Why, I warned you against the movie… did i not? 😉
@Nikhil: Lol!!! Then why dint you??? 😛
@Quirky Indian: Yes quirky indian, I agree with you!
@Baryaal: Thanks so much 🙂 I have been thinking… Even though I love it, I believe it is time for a change!
@Anshul: You should go watch… just for the fun 😉
@Lemonade: Yes for people like you and me, it is a blessing! I can finally proudly say, I watched a horror movie in a theatre! 😉
came back to repeat it again.
not doing bollywood again eva eva eva eva eva again!
Nova, I followed you from your comment on Roop’s post on black and white. Your comment was what connected you to me cos I somehow doubt umreekans are even average as far as IQ is concerned. They gave two chances to Bush Chachu. Cannot digest it. They have fallen down, down, down in my esteem.
Coming to Phoonk, it was also one of umreekan samples of RGV’s falling talents. Wasted money, time and laughter in watching this movie. I steer clear of all horror movies, but watched this one. Why, simply cos it is RGV’s. But next time I would think twice before i follow the RGV track. All that he had to offer was the monotonous way of a focus from right or left with a teddy, or an onion in the foreground.
@Roop: Lol! 🙂
@Manpreet: Absolutely Manpreet. I think americans are wayyyyyyyy too dumb!! Seriously… Imagine bringing chachu back to power again and again… 🙂 😉 Seriously, I went because I followed TA’s stupid advise. He is useless and I am pretty sure of it now! Heee heee! 🙂
I do agree with this review that the concept of the movie is about black magic but it is not so scary like other horror movies.That’s why such movie cannot bring viewers to the cinema. But the one thing I like is the acting of a little girl.Its really impressive and so real.
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