Ram Gopal Varma believes Phoonk 2 is scarier than Phoonk and debutant director Milind Gadagkar is thrilled with the compliment. Not only does he promise a spine-chilling fare, he also wouldn't mind doing a third instalment of the spooky flick.
"Yes, I have left the ending of Phoonk 2 open for another in the series. I am not ruling out the possibility and it would be interesting to see how audiences react to Phoonk 2 . There were some positive reactions after people saw Phoonk."
Milind was the writer of Phoonk but he had a different vision about the horror thriller tale he wanted to tell as compared to the way Varma had translated it on screen.
And so he came up with the idea of a sequel. Ever ready to encourage new filmmakers to test their vision, Varma asked Milind to helm the project himself and direct Phoonk 2.
Phoonk 2, which is complete and ready for release, takes off from exactly the same point where Phoonk left.
"It's not just the characters but even the actors playing their roles are the same in Phoonk 2," said Milind.
"We enter the lives of a couple (played by Sudeep and Amruta Khanvilkar) and their kids (Ahsaas Channa, Shrey Bawa) who continue to be haunted by the evil force (Ashwini Kalsekar) which is back from the dead. However, situations this time around are entirely new," he said.
After watching Phoonk 2, Varma believes that the film is not just scarier than the first in the series but has also surpassed his horror movie "Bhoot". Describing the film as chilling, Varma has hailed "Phoonk 2" as the scariest film that Bollywood has ever made.
"Well, that's quite some declaration made by Ramu and I take it as a compliment", said Milind. "But, yes, I'm not holding back on my statement that I wish to scare audiences in a big way with Phoonk 2...it's better to prepare them and state facts in advance. 'Phoonk 2' is indeed scary so why not declare so?" he added.
The film's shooting was wrapped up in record time.
"We started in the month of October and finished the entire principal shooting in 37 days," said Milind.
"We took just a small break in between to accommodate a particular bungalow that I wanted but apart from that it was all non-stop. I was pretty clear about what I wanted and I had made a particular schedule. This is the reason why I could finish the film so fast," he added.
The first theatrical promo of Phoonk 2 is to be unveiled with Veer Jan 22.