The film deals with a set of beliefs…religious faith, rational thought and irrational superstition.
The Cast and Crew
Sudeep, Amruta Khanvilkar, Ahsaas Channa, Shrey Bawa, Jyothi Subhash, Ashwini Kaleskar, Kenny Desai, Ganesh Yadav, Lileete Dubey, K. K Raina, Zakir Hussain, Javed Rizvi, Anu Ansari, Shankar Sachdev, Kishore Kadam, Bharat Kaul
Still Photographer: Vishal Saxena
Cinematographer: Savita Singh
Publicity Designer: Sachin Suresh Gurav
Story Writer: Milind Gadagkar
Costume Designer: Nahid Shah
Sound Designer: Kunal Mehta, Parikshit Lalwani
Music: Amar Mohile,
Director: Ram Gopal Varma
Producer: Azam Khan
Production Designer: Aparna Sood
Banner: One More Thought Entertainment
The story of Phoonk deals with a family consisting of Rajiv (Sudeep), his wife Arati (Amruta Khanvilkar) , their children Raksha (Ahsaas Channa) ,Rohan (Shrey Bawa) and Rajiv’s mother (Jyothi Subhash),
Rajeev is a successful Construction Engineer and a rational thinking atheist. He dismisses a woman called Madhu (Aswini Kalsekar) and her husband Anshuman(Kenny Desai) for indulging in mischief and misappropriation.
To take revenge on Rajeev, Madhu resorts to the use black magic on the daughter of Rajeev. Thus a powerful evil force is unleashed on the family which defies all reasonable explanations. Now, Rajeev’s very existence and his beliefs are on shaky ground. He has to do something, anything for that matter to save his daughter and his family from destruction,
Interwoven into the story, is another track of a fanatic believer of God, who is forced to become a non believer under traumatic circumstances.
Ahsaas Channa has given an excellent performance which is more mature than her age would permit. Sudeep, Amruta Khanvilkar and Aswini Kalsekar have convincingly and competently essayed their roles.
All other artistes have decently suited the characters they played and performed adequately as per the demands of the narration.
Milind Gadagkar’s story is crisp and followed the cinematic logic. The screenplay and direction by Ram Gopal Varma is very efficient and effective. The narration has been given due importance in stead of contrived scenes just to scare the audience.
The work of camerawoman Savita Singh is simply brilliant. The choice of frames, angles and camera positions is truly extraordinary. Music by Amar Mohile and Sound Designing by Kunal Mehta, and Parikshit Lalwani have added to the narration of the film.
Overall, the film is technically very superior than those films of this genre made in India so far.
Phoonk deals with a set of beliefs…religious faith, rational thought and irrational superstition. With a well written story, competent performances by the actors and excellent technical inputs coupled with good production values, Phoonk is worth watching.
Ram Gopal Varma has treated the difficult theme of black magic in an unexpected dimension.
3,5 out of 5