Bhoothnath Returns : voting awareness campaign
It is important to know the size of a film’s content. It does not mean that if the film runs 3 hrs, then only it is an epic good film. The biggest flaw of “Bhoothnath Returns” is its length of 2 Hr 45 mins.
Coming from an iconic media house like B. R. Chopra Films with stalwarts like Amitabh Bachchan (as Bhoothnath) and Boman Irani (as Bhausaheb), “Boothnath” also has the goodwill from the first movie in the franchise. Does it live up to the expectation?
After being freed from the shackles of unfulfilled desires, Bhoothnath goes to Bhoothland where everyone is laughing at him for his failure to scare the child in the first movie. So he requests to send him back on earth as a Bhooth again so that he can scare few kids and get back to Bhoothland with pride.
Bhoothnath comes to earth and befriends a boy Akhrot (Parth Bhalerao) who is not scared of him but helps in him in scaring other kids. Then Bhoothnath wants to help him to reduce his poverty and they both start clearing halted land development projects by city builders which are stuck due to being captured by a ghost. As their name reaches Bhausaheb, they’re called to vacate a property being suffered by Ghosts. The renumeration is unimaginably good. But when they reach to vacate the property, they find some heart wrenching facts about what happened in formation of the building. So what happens after that? Are Boothnath and Akhrot able to complete their task? How they handle Bhausaheb?
The story and screenplay by Piyush Gupta and Nitesh Tiwari with additional inputs by Shreyas Jain and Nikhil Mehrotra, is unique in its concept. It’s about a Bhooth who stands in election so that people can have an option of a good candidate. However, the concept is very lengthily crafted and tends to get dull and boring at places. Overall, they’ve done a great job at concept but shoddy job at screenplay.
Director Nitesh Tiwari does tries his hands at the lengthy writing material and does an average job. However, with his editor Chandrashekhar Prajapati, he should’ve been very brutal in cutting the fat from the content and making it slimmer.
On performance side, Amitabh Bachchan is loveable and infuses energy in his role. However, he deserves a better written role. The child artist Parth Bhalerao is good but does not have the connectivity like say Darsheel Safary of “Taare Zameen Par”. Boman Irani gets to do what he is best at and does full justice to it. As a mean and careless politician “Bhausaheb” he shines in his role but it feels similar at times to his earlier ones even after different body language. Usha Jadhav as Parth’s mother is wasted. There are many cameos in the movie by the likes of Shah Rukh Khan, Ranbir Kapoor, Anurag Kashyap, etc. They help in lightening up the screen for a moment.
On the music side “Party to banti hai” is already a hit. Choreography by Ganesh Acharya is good. Sound design of the movie is very good. Production quality is top notch and Cinematography by Kamaljeet Negi is excellent. Visual effects are good too.
Overall, It’s a film which could’ve been great but turned out only as average.
Recommendation : If you need to watch it for kids, go for it. If you love to watch Amitabh Bachhan and Boman Irani, do watch it. If you need a good film which will sweep you off your feet, skip it.