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Phoonk (2008)

An atheist is forced to consult an exorcist after his daughter shows signs of being possessed.


Ram Gopal Varma


Milind Gadagkar, Sandeep Nath (lyrics) | 1 more credit »
1 nomination. See more awards »


Cast overview:
Sudeep ... Rajiv
Amruta Khanvilkar ... Arati
Ahsaas Channa ... Raksha (as Ehsaan)
Ashwini Kalsekar ... Madhu
K.K. Raina ... Dr. Pandey
Ganesh Yadav ... Vinay Dev
Shrey Bawa Shrey Bawa ... Rohan
Jyoti Subhash ... Amma
Kenneth Desai Kenneth Desai ... Anshuman (as Kenny Desai)
Lillete Dubey ... Dr. Seema Walke
Anu Ansari Anu Ansari ... Laxmi
Shankar Sachdev Shankar Sachdev ... Shyam
Haider Mohammed Javed Haider Mohammed Javed ... Mani (as Haider Javed)
Bharat Kaul ... Mandar
Geetanjali Rao Geetanjali Rao ... Teacher
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It's superstition till it happens to you

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A Mediocre Experience
24 August 2008 | by sundeepmukherjee2000See all my reviews

The movie is reasonably good in Indian standards, with a few of blushes, which Shri RGV, as he is known and portrayed, was expected to be eradicated.

For an atheist hero, not to believe in supernatural forces even when his daughter defied gravity is beyond pardon, a blush on sensibility.

The fate of the ghost buster Zakir Hussain at the end of the movie is equally left unanswered and thus obnoxious.

The central characters blended well with the movie but the maid was expected to react better and so was the driver who was famous before as young Amitabh Bachchan, the Indian icon, in Agnipath shouting "maine jaala diya" (i burned it all), as did Seema Biswas in RGV's Bhooth. The Witch and the Witchdoctor were the best of the lot and they played the role of their lifetime. The spookiness was mostly in aggravated background score, which hummed more than it really scared.

Considering its a RGV production, I rated it 6, as he was expected to fare better.

I went for a Sarkar and came back with something in between Aag and Darna Maana Hai.

Sorry RGV, you ought to be more careful next time in hiring right people for editing notes, before heading for it.

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