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PHOONK 2's 'scientific' scare contest

February 23, 2010 11:59:09 AM IST
Bollywood Trade News Network
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Ram Gopal Varma's PHOONK had created much hullabaloo when it was about to hit the screens. The makers had devised a fearsome challenge that if any viewer could dare to see the film sitting all alone in a theatre and not run out scared, will get a Cash Prize of Rs.5 Lakhs. And the contestant, who boldly took the challenge didn't even last for 30mins and ran out of the theatre. However, after the release of the film, some people alleged that the contest was rigged and that they never felt fear while watching the film.

So now the team of PHOONK, who is back with a dreadful sequel PHOONK 2, without going into a pointless argument on the same, has decided to open themselves to a scientific evaluation of that claim. "For the sequel, we are going to implement our Contest in a very scientific way as never ever done before in the history of Cinema anywhere across the World. The viewer who will claim that he would not get scared will be fitted with an ECG machine while he is watching PHOONK 2 which will monitor his heartbeat & pulse rate and this will be shown live on a screen outside the theatre to both the Media and all concerned," states the team of PHOONK 2.

A normal person, according to professionals, has a certain average heartbeat and when subjected to any kind of an intense emotion the beats considerably go up. So if the challenger claims that he had no fear while watching PHOONK 2, the monitor will tell whether he is lying or not and on the other hand if he can control his fear & thereby his heartbeat and not let it cross his normal heartbeat then he will get to win the claimed cash prize.

The team indeed DARES any viewer to take this challenge and watch PHOONK 2!

The contest will be launched around 10th March 2010 on the official website This contest is restricted to only healthy people with no history of Cardiac disease and, also, only to people who are between the age group of 18 and 60 years.

The contest will be open for people across INDIA and based on a computerized random draw people will be shortlisted, who then further will have to give a medical indemnification for further selection by the team and a medical professional, who will eventually single out the final challenger to be subjected to the test. The challenger's normal heartbeat will be recorded before and while the screening is happening. Further it will also be made sure that the contestant is actually watching the film without closing his eyes by shooting him live through a night vision camera and showing his facial expressions to the media & all concerned on a screen outside the theatre. If at all he wins this challenge he will be awarded the Prize money right at the Venue in front of everybody.

PS: For any unforeseen situations an Ambulance will be on standby at the Theatre to monitor the contestants.