Manufacturer: Ramesh Taurani and Akshai Puri
Director: Pavan Kriplani
Throw: Saif Ali Khan, Arjun Kapoor, Yami Gautam, Jacueline Fernandez, Javed Jaaferi, Rajpal Yadav, Jamie Lever and Amit Mistry
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By Jyothi Venkatesh
The outdated film that aims to transport you back to the 90s follows the ghost hunt for Tantrik – brothers Vibhooti (Saif Ali Khan) and Chiraunji (Arjun Kapoor) who are hired to capture a demon named Kichkandi who allegedly runs a tea plantation in the beautiful hills of Himachal. The tea plantation belongs to the sisters Maya (Yami Gautam) and Kanika (Jacqueline Fernandez). While the older, happy brother Vibhooti thirsts for women and money, the younger brother would like to continue the legacy of his beloved, deceased father ‘Ullat Baba’ through noble work. The obsolete plot revolves around whether the two manage to help the wealthy, bankrupt sisters of the ghost that haunts the entire area at night.
As the movie’s plot unfolds, it’s immediately apparent that the director has been heavily inspired by both Stree and Roohi when it comes to fusing elements of horror and comedy without both looking frivolous. The director also borrows generously from Evil Dead, Ghostbusters, Zombieland and The Exorcist, and last but not least, Scooby Doo.
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In terms of performance, all I can say is that Saif Ali Khan was sleepwalking for most of the film, while Arjun Kapoor is just average, Yami Gautam and Jacqueline Fernandez were underutilized. Javed Jaaferi has been underutilized and almost wasted by director as a clumsy Punjabi cop Javed Jaaferi burdened with father problems, as both Chiraunji and Vibhooti accept Kanu’s offer to convince their sister Maya to leave the Haweli and take him to sell and settle in London as it is an allegedly haunted tea plantation. I don’t know what made Rajpal Yadav take on this role. The only sensible role is that of the late actor par excellence Amit Mistry as manager of Kanika.
Though Bhoot’s police force initially hopes to ridicule superstition and blind faith, they eventually ridicule their own premise. The story as well as the tasteless script, which lacks novelty from the beginning to the end, unfortunately cannot hold its own with its clumsy script and there are times when it just trudges on and on without a fixed motive and leads to yawning and sleeps you a. The saddest thing about the movie is that it doesn’t make you laugh with its silly comedy or its horror content. Skip it if possible if you want to save yourself a severe headache.