Don't be scared... it's only "Bhootnath"

Nath Villa. Night. A couple enters the villa with an intention of spending the night. But unfortunate for them, it's the house where Kailash Nath (Amitabh Bachchan), oops, the spirit of Kailash Nath enjoys his days and nights in his airy appearance.

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Director-Writer: Vivek Sharma
Producer: Ravi Chopra
Music: Vishal Shekhar, Salim Sulaiman
Lyrics: Javed Akhtar
Singers: Amitabh Bachchan, Arman Malik, Koustabh Ghosh, Aparna Bhagavat, Sukhwinder Singh, Hariharan and Juhi Chawla
Casts: Amitabh Bachchan, Juhi Chawla, Aman Siddiqui, Priyanshu Chatterjee, Satish Shah, Rajpal Yadav
Guest appearance: Shahrukh Khan, Nouhid Sairesi, Ashish Chowdhury, Neena Kulkarni

Nath Villa. Night. A couple enters the villa with an intention of spending the night. But unfortunate for them, it’s the house where Kailash Nath (Amitabh Bachchan), oops, the spirit of Kailash Nath enjoys his days and nights in his airy appearance. Predictably enough, the couple, intimidated with Kailash, zooms away from the house.
Next incident. Mr. Sharma (Shah Rukh Khan), a marine driver by profession, comes to Kailash’s den, with his family. He leaves his family behind at the Nath Villa and plods back to join his job. While residing in the Nath Villa, Mr. Sharma’s wife Anjali (Juhi Chawla) and son Banku (Aman Siddiqui) experiences strange incidents. In the mean time Banku befriends the spirit of Kailash Nath and names him as “Bhootnath”. Banku’s presence eliminates all the hazardous factors that polluted Bhootnath’s mind against human beings. One day, Anjali comes to know about Bhootnath being the angel in Banku’s life. At the same time Anjali comes to know from Bhootnath about the painful incident that made him a spirit. So, to let Bhootnath’s spirit free from the bondage with the earth, Sharma family arranges for a shradh, a Hindu tradition that Bhootnath’s son, Priyanshu Chatterjee, avoided in past. Ultimately, it’s through Banku that Bhootnath gets his desired freedom from the earthly bondage. But it’s because of Banku’s love for Bhootnath that the amicable ghost leaves Banku with an option of appearing in front of Banku whenever he wishes from the core of his heart.

Even god changes his mind for the sake of true and honest love. This film is not about the triumph of a child but the success of true love and faith.

It’s the second time where Amitabh is posing as a ghost and his look in “Bhootnath”, though unintentionally, reminds of his look of Gabbar Singh in “Ram Gopal Verma Ki Aag”. If that is some bad news, the good part is that his acting always sweeps away the feeling of looking alike. At the same time his intimidated being with the presence of his son lets audience recap his character in “Baghban”. Aman Siddiqui has depicted Banku’s character very well. Juhi Chawla and Shah Rukh’s couple still reminds the same freshness that they show in their very first film. Writer-director Vivek Sharma has proved his prowess in his job. His beautifully mingled presentation of entertainment and spirit has started a new vogue in Bollywood.

If “Bhootnath” is not so well a children film as “Taare Zamin Par” was, it definitely helps spending few hours in the air conditioned theaters while summer is blazing outside. At last, if not the least, children may well accept the line of Amitabh saying, “Zindegi me jadoo nehi, mehnat se safalta pai jaati hai” (success is all about hard work, not magic). Bingo Bhootnath!

Ratings: **1/2

Rajnee Gupta

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  • Posted on: 23 May 2008 at 11:38pmsmly

    this was a really nice movie! but didn't tanmay, mussarat, and aamir(all from saregamapa) sing in this movie?

  • Posted on: 20 May 2008 at 9:40amuvcraziestfan

    movie is really sweeet i really cried in d end

  • Posted on: 15 May 2008 at 7:51pmamardeep

    Excellent Movie

    I watched it in theatre on tuesday with my kids. They loved the movie a lot. My 9 year old cried during the last 15 minutes and he came out crying as well. He was so touched. Just awesome movie!

  • Posted on: 14 May 2008 at 11:36amneh91

    Love it

    I just finished watching the movie and I think that the movie was gr8 and every1 shud soo goo watch it. I love Big B and also SRK..the kid is really good

  • Posted on: 13 May 2008 at 5:04pmsim_indian

    awsome movie!!
    i loved it!

  • Posted on: 13 May 2008 at 1:44pmShaFiLICIOUS

    look like a good movie

  • Posted on: 13 May 2008 at 12:50amsree

    Fabulous Movie!!!

    Simply loved the movie... It has something in it for people of all ages... If the beginning will keep the kids happy, then the scene before the intermission and the very nice climax will really keep the adults glued to the movie... Awesome performance by Big B yet again... And ya, what can i say for the little boy? He is simply marvellous...

  • Posted on: 12 May 2008 at 5:51pmdharti1990

    another Great Movie In Amitabh Moivie List... The movis is so great. On Mother's DAy .. They give A nice Movie to the Community to understand Parents Love and respect.. By it's Name and Promo it's seems like Its Scary and For Children But i would say that this is family Movie and everyone should watch it.. Every One did Good job in Movie.. I love Banku and Juhi \

    Awesome Movie

  • Posted on: 12 May 2008 at 3:29pm.shona.

    this movie is TOTALLY GREAT!!!love it!!!it made me scared,laugh & cry the entire movie a lot!I loved every single actors/actresses & characters too!they did a really very gud job...& yeah it's not a children movie...i wud say everybody shud watch it!very entertaining & i m giving a THUMBS UP to it!!!

  • Posted on: 12 May 2008 at 12:46pmumi82990

    sounds like a great movie.

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