Saturday, April 12, 2014

Bhoothnath Returns

Cast: Amitabh Bachchan (Bhoothnath), Parth Bhalerao (Akhrot), Boman Irani (Politician Bhau), Anurag Kashyap, Usha Jadhav, Sanjay Mishra, Brijendra Kala, Usha Nadkarni, Kurush Deboo (Psychiatrist), Dheerendra Dwivedi (Dheeraj), A. R> Manikandan (Muncipality Officer), Guest Appearance – Shahrukh Khan and Ranbir Kapoor, Ghosts – Farah Ahmed, Manoj Anand, Raj Awasti, Jas Dhillon, Sandeep Garcha, Taj Gill, Hassen Monisha, Sharif Islam, Amrita Jazzmyn, Preet Kaur, Neena Kumar, Fayaz Nathalia, Kumud Pant, Sanjeev Parma, Jayesh Patel, Rajen Prajapati, Simi Rai, Atul Sharma, Ashwani Chopra
Genre: Children, Drama, Fantasy, Social
Direction: Nitesh Tiwari
Production: Bhushan Kumar, Krishan Kumar, Renu Ravi Chopra
Distribution: BR Films
Written by: Nitesh Tiwari, Piyush Gupta, Additional Script writers – Shreyas Jain, Nikhil Mehrotra
Cinematographer: Kamaljeet Negi
Editor: Chandrashekhar Prajapati
Music: Ram Sampth, Palash Mucchal, Meet Bros Anjjan, Yo Yo Honey Singh  
Release Date: 11th April, 2014
Language: Hindi
Duration: 2 hours 35 minutes
The Plot:
Bhoothnath Returns starts with Bhoothnath aka Kailash Nath (Amitabh Bachchan)’s return to Bhoothworld, where he is laughed at by the other ghosts due to his inability to scare even children. Ahh…Bhoothworld is an afterworld Sarkari Office (Government Office) full of files. Ghosts wait with a token number to be reborn as humans. A mosquito rebirth can happen instantly, but there is lucky draw to be reborn as a film star’s pet. Bhoothnath asks for a chance to earn his reputation as a ghost who can scare people and he is sent back to the earth as a ghost itself.

Bhoothnath realizes that children are not afraid of him. Then, he meets street-smart Daharavi boy Akhrot (Parth Bhalerao) who can see him and even he is not scared of him. A beautiful bond develops between Bhoothnath and Akhrot. They join hands together to fight against various  social evils. Bhoothnath becomes a reformer focusing on corruption, solving water shortages, clean streets etc. in Dharavi. A very novel concept of a ghost Bhoothnath standing for election against corrupt Bhau (Boman Irani) is shown. Akhrot’s logic behind convincing Bhoothnath to stand for the election is that he is good and since he is dead, no one can kill him. How a politician manipulates speech for one’s own advantage is also depicted in the movie. 
Official Trailer:

Director and Story Writer:
It is the 2nd movie of the director Nitesh Tiwari (after Chillar Party). Though the concept of the movie is very good, but could have been handled in a much better manner. Although the first half of the movie is good, the second half drags and gets preachy. It loses its feel as a Children’s movie. But yes, Nitesh has been successful in conveying a social message that we as citizens have the responsibility to make the country win by choosing the right leaders.

Cast and their Performance:
Amitabh Bachchan as Bhoothnath is very natural, and spontaneous. He is seen more of himself enjoying with the kids.

The highlight of the movie is Parth Bhalerao as Akhrot. He has given an outstanding performance. He shares almost every frame with Amitabh Bachchan.

Boman Irani as Bhau is also good.

Music by Ram Sampth (Har Har Gange, Sahib, Dharavi Rap) is good. Palash Mucchal & Meet Bros Anjjan’s ‘Party to Banti Hai’ (sung by Mika Singh and Meet Bros Anjjan) is also good. The movie closes with Yo Yo Honey Singh’s ‘Party with the Bhoothnath’ is average.

Moments to watch out for:

Two dialogues by Amitabh Bachchan during Election Campaigning:

  1. Jo vote nahi dete wo apni awaz logon tak pahuchana nahi chahte. To hum bhi unki awaz nahi sunana chahte.
  2. Vote Dena jaruri hai kyonki desh ko jeetana hai.

Thumbs up:      
Parth Bhalerao’s performance as Akhrot. The bond between Parth Bhalerao and Amitabh Bachchan.

Thumbs down:
Children may not enjoy the second half since it gets preachy. The very genre of the movie gets ambiguous.

Bhoothnath Returns could have been much more hilarious.

Rating: 2.75 / 5 (Average +)