To get a sequel going and have it equally engrossing as its predecessor takes some doing. Also, continuity with the man at the helm of affairs plays an important part. While Ram Gopal Varma directed PHOONK, released in September 2008, Milind Gadagkar has directed PHOONK 2. This is not to say that Ramu would have no say in the proceedings, but a captain is a captain at the end of the day.
While PHOONK dealt beautifully with the protagonist's daughter being 'worked on' by some evil forces by an employee and his wife who he insulted and sacked. Its sequel, though having an interesting angle, falls short of expectations.
In PHOONK, Madhu, the one who performed witchcraft on Raksha (Rajiv's daughter), was ultimately killed by a tantric to end her woes. Here, Madhu's spirit revisits to hound Rajiv and his family yet again. This time, she targets his wife, Aarti. She goes on a killing spree, even attacking her daughter. In the end, Rajiv manages to subdue Madhu's spirit by killing his wife.
Like the first time, this time, too the initial scenes lack punch. It's only after the interval that things take an eerie turn. The tantric who first helped killed Madhu, is killed by her spirit. Next is Rajiv's friend who dies in an accident. That done, Madhu settles scores, wreaking havoc within their home.
Sudeep, Amruta Khanvilkar and the girl Ahsaas Channa, are not as dynamic as they were in the first part. While Amruta does show glimpses of her versatility, Sudeep is stony (a surprise indeed) while Ahsaas is, honestly, quite irritating.
Maybe it had something to do with the treatment of the plot.