Bhoothnath was never supposed to be something unusual or special. The promos were not very impressive and the moment you saw them, you knew the story. That somehow worked in the favour of the movie. Its not that its great, but its enjoyable. Its kiddie stuff with a terrible baghban-ish, Yawn-ish twist at the end.
Aditya (played by Shahrukh Khan) and Anjali (played by Juhi Chawla) come to live in the Nath Villa in Goa with their son Aman (played by Aman Siddiqi) whom they fondly call Banku(!?!!). Aditya works in a Cruise liner and leaves his wife (and her done-to-death sandwiches) and son in the house to return to his job. Banku(!!!) soon befriends the ghost (played by Amitabh Bachchan) of the owner of the house and starts calling him Bhoothnath although his real name is Kailash Nath. Banku and the Bhoot become great pals and are seen playing pranks on the school principle (played by Satish Shah) and the drunkard Anthony (Rajpal Yadav). The movie is bearably entertaining till this point but the whole fun flies out of the window when the secret is revealed to Anjali and Aditya. From that point onwards the story takes a Baghban-ish turn where the ghost reveals his story.
The movie was supposed to be a comedy which should have been left that way instead of creating a mishmash out of it. Shahrukh Khan has nothing much to do and appears in a few scenes. And yes, his ponytail is at display in the second half. Juhi Chawla is her sweet bubbly self who keeps on giggling and giving her infectious smile. She is in great form and its actually good to see her and Shahrukh together after such a long time. Rajpal Yadav is wasted. I wonder why he took the role. Satish Shah manages a few laughs. In the end, its Amitabh and the kiddo who manage to keep the faltering interests of the audience at bay although they are quite unsuccessful at the end. Amitabh looks funny at whatever he does right from sticking his tongue out or the pranks he plays.
The movie is strictly kiddo stuff and they are going to love it. The songs by Vishal Shekhar are just about passable. There are some points in the movie where the songs are forced into and they just slacken the pace. And don’t worry if your kid dozes off in the climax or the movie looks like it was made 20 years back and was not released at that time due to some reasons. Its perfectly normal.
Director – Vivek Sharma
Rating – 2.5/5
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