Last week saw the release of the Telugu remake of Phoonk
in Hyderabad entitled Raksha. Says Ramu, "We waited three
weeks after the Hindi release. We released the Hindi version only
in Hyderabad and not the rest of Andhra Pradesh. Raksha
isn't a dubbed version of Phoonk. It's a totally original
remake of the story starring Jagpati Babu and Kalyani."
The Telugu Raksha is very different from the Hindi
Phoonk. Says Ramu, "We made many changes between the Hindi
and Telugu. Raksha is more emotional. It's more of a
family drama directed by newcomer Vanshi. I left the Telugu
entirely to Vanshi. Raksha is doing as well as
the first time a Ram Gopal Varma's film has been made as a
bi-lingual. Now the Telugu version of Phoonk will be
dubbed into Tamil.