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Ritika Kumar, PTI
New Delhi, April 16, 2010
The maker of Raat and Bhoot, Ram Gopal Verma is back with another scary flick Phoonk 2 but the director says that we still have a long way to go in exploring the genre when compared to Hollywood.
Bollywood has been churning out horror flicks off late like Vikram Bhatt's Shaapit and Sneha Ullal, Shreyas Talpade starrer Click but the films have not been able to attract the audiences to the theater.
And in comparison, Hollywood's small-budgeted Paranormal Activity had a become rage evoking a great response from all over the world.
But Verma chooses to be optimistic. "The attempt is there. One should understand that for every Paranormal Activity, Hollywood has made hundred flop films. So we need to make hundred bad ones to finally make one super spooky film. Its a process.
And moreover, we are always 15 years behind Hollywood in everything so I think it'll take some time but as I said attempt is there," Verma told PTI.
But one wonders that how can a filmmaker, who has successfully scared the audiences before not have a perfect formula.
"Some films click and some don't but one needs to keep on exploring. You see scare can be of two kinds. One, which scares you due to complete helpless situation you catch yourself into and the other which just plain scares your senses. 'Bhoot' fell into second category and that is why it clicked," Verma said.
Apart from Bhoot, Verma has also given hits like 'Darna Mana Hai' and its sequel Darna Zaroori Hai but his Phoonk could not give a chill in the spine.