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Milind Gadagkar (Writer): I did not like PHOONK

December 5, 2009 6:19:16 PM IST
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Ever since I can remember, I have always been a huge fan of the horror genre and the psychosis of fear. Fear is such a strong emotion that it defies all logic. As small children we are scared of entering a dark room; somewhere further in life, we rather try and avoid isolated roads with no street lights. Whenever we shift into an apartment, the newness and emptiness of the place intrigues us in a strange manner. Infact we always fear the unknown. It is not just ghosts that we are scared of but there are times in our lives when a strange and inexplicable incident also scares the hell out of us. Studying this phenomenon of fear has always intrigued me.

In PHOONK, more than the scare factor, I as a writer questioned the rational mind of a non-believer. In fact I disagreed with Ramu in the way he made the film and also argued that he should not pitch PHOONK as a scary film. But he didn't listen to me as he felt that there is a difference between the scare genres. PHOONK might have worked but I would like to believe that it would have worked better if it was made the way I visualized it. Anyway, with PHOONK 2, I wanted to take the audiences to a place where the horrors are so painfully scary and gory that even a rational mind will lose its sanity. Every time you say 'I don't believe in ghosts', there is a ghost somewhere that comes out of its grave. PHOONK 2 begins with the gruesome death of Manja, the only man whom Rajiv could turn to, 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. To that extent, PHOONK 2 is a very very scary film.

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?

If you have the fear of the dead... be warned that my intention in PHOONK 2 is to scare the death out of you and not let you REST IN PEACE!

All said and done, I am really thrilled that inspite of me not having liked PHOONK, Ramu liked PHOONK 2.


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