Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Vivek Sharma|
|Produced by||Ravi Chopra|
|Screenplay by||Vivek Sharma, Sudhanshu Dube|
Shah Rukh Khan
|Distributed by||B R Films|
|Release dates||May 9, 2008|
|Running time||169 mins|
|Budget||200 million (US$3.3 million)|
|Box office||684 million (US$11 million)|
Bhoothnath (Devanagari: भूतनाथ translation: "Lord of Ghosts") is a Bollywood supernatural comedy film directed by Vivek Sharma, starring Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Juhi Chawla, Aman Siddiqui, Priyanshu Chatterjee and Rajpal Yadav in lead roles. The film is an adaptation of the Oscar Wilde short story The Canterville Ghost. It was released on 9 May 2008, receiving generally positive reviews from critics and was well received by audiences, thus becoming a moderate success at the box office. Moreover, it was a very popular movie among children and the performances of the trio namely Amitabh Bachchan, Juhi Chawla and Aman Siddiqui playing Banku were majorly appreciated by critics and audiences alike.
The story focuses on Aman Sharma a.k.a. Banku (Aman Siddiqui), who has recently shifted into an old bungalow in Goa, with his parents, Aditya (Shah Rukh Khan) and Anjali (Juhi Chawla). His father Aditya is an engineer on a cruise line, and therefore moves with his cruise. They are made aware that the bungalow is haunted, but they disregard this. Banku is enrolled in St. Francis High School, and Anjali hires a kindhearted and comedic drunken thief, Anthony (Rajpal Yadav), as a servant to clean the house. Soon one night Banku goes down to the living room to have some ice-cream when he sees a shadow on the wall. Frightened, he calls out to his mom and then sees that the bowl in which he was having ice-cream has vanished. Later he goes down again past a sleeping Anjali to investigate. It is then that he sees the ghost of Kailash Nath (Amitabh Bachchan) and then they start arguing on whether Mr. Nath is a ghost or an angel (according to Banku). Banku nicknames him Bhootnath as Mr. Nath says that he is a bhoot (ghost) and also says that he is Nath (which is his last name).
Since the ghost of Kailash Nath does not want anybody to occupy his house, he tries different ways to scare Banku and his mother, but Banku considers him as angel and treats him like a friend. Soon, Mr. Nath is overpowered by Banku's innocent love, especially after a minor incident of Banku's fall from the stairs for which Mr. Nath is in fact responsible.
The two become friends and thoroughly enjoy the company of one another. It is at this point that Mr. Nath's son returns from the US and plans to sell off this bungalow. Angered, Mr. Nath scares the buyers but Anjali comes to know the existence of him. He then tells his story to Banku and Anjali how his son deserted him at the time of need and left for the US.
Later, Aditya and Anjali decide to perform the final rites of Mr. Nath to give him Moksha. It is performed by Banku and Mr.Nath bids an emotional farewell to Banku. By this time, Mr.Nath's son also comes to know his fault and apologizes.
In the end, Banku is sad that Bhoothnath is no more. However, Bhoothnath returns and says that he is always there for him and makes Banku promise not to tell his parents about his return and also requests the viewers the same!.
- Amitabh Bachchan as Kailash Nath (Bhoothnath)
- Aman Siddiqui as Aman "Banku" Sharma
- Juhi Chawla as Anjali Sharma
- Shah Rukh Khan as Aditya Sharma
- Priyanshu Chatterjee as Vijay Nath
- Shaana Diya as Vijay Nath's Wife
- Rajpal Yadav as Anthony
- Neena Kulkarni as Nirmala Nath
- Satish Shah as Principal J.J. Irani
- Delnaaz Paul as Jojo's Mom
- Nauheed Cyrusi as Tina (Special Appearance)
- Aashish Chaudhary as Rohan (Special Appearance)
- Amit Behl as Doctor
The film received generally positive response from critics. IMDb rated it 6.9/10, and holds a score of a fresh 76%. At the box office, the film had a good opening, though managed to gross Rs.68 Crores among its theatrical run. It was declared semi hit by box office india
Many expectations for a sequel to Bhoothnath have been rumored, however, at the climax of the original, Bachchan explains a chance of "To be continued..." A sequel has gone on floors with the title of Bhoothnath Returns in October, 2013. Amitabh Bachchan has blogged about it on his Facebook Page. The film released on April 11, 2014.