Bhool Bhulaiyaa

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Bhool Bhulaiyaa
Theatrical release poster
Directed byPriyadarshan
Written byScreenplay:
Neeraj Vora
Manisha Korde
Yashwant Mahilwar
Based onManichitrathazhu
by Madhu Muttam
Produced byBhushan Kumar
Krishan Kumar
Edited byN. Gopalakrishnan
Arun Kumar Aravind
Music bySongs:
Ranjit Barot
Distributed byBalaji Motion Pictures
Eros International
Release date
  • 12 October 2007 (2007-10-12) (India)
Running time
154 minutes
Budget32 crore[1]
Box office82.837 crore[2][3]

Bhool Bhulaiyaa (transl. Wrong maze) is a 2007 Indian Hindi-language psychological[4][5] comedy horror film directed by Priyadarshan from the screenplay by Neeraj Vora and produced by T Series. It is an official remake[6] of the Malayalam film Manichitrathazhu (1993). The film stars Akshay Kumar, Vidya Balan, Shiney Ahuja, Ameesha Patel, Paresh Rawal, Rajpal Yadav, Manoj Joshi, Asrani and Vikram Gokhale.[7] The film score and soundtrack were composed by Ranjit Barot and Pritam respectively, with lyrics written by Sameer and Sayeed Quadri.

Made on a budget of 32 crore, Bhool Bhulaiyaa earned 82.837 crore worldwide, thus becoming the eighth-highest grossing Hindi film of 2007.[8] It received positive reviews from critics upon release.

Over the years, the film has attained a cult status across the audience owing to Kumar's psychiatrist character, Balan's portrayal of Avni and Manjulika, Rajpal Yadav's comic timing, and its music.[9][10] The film spawned a standalone sequel titled Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 (2022) which was directed by Anees Bazmee starring Tabu, Kartik Aaryan, Kiara Advani and Rajpal Yadav.[11][12] The third film in the series is set to release on Diwali in 2024.


Badrinarayan "Badri" Chaturvedi heads a former royal family of Varanasi whose ancestral palace is believed to be haunted by the ghost of Manjulika, a classical dancer from Bengal. Siddharth, son of Badri's elder brother, and his archeologist wife Avni return to the palace from the United States after a whirlwind romance. Their marriage breaks the heart of Siddharth's childhood friend and Badri's adopted daughter, Radha, who was in love with him.

Avni develops an interest in the legend of Manjulika. The Chaturvedis' ancestor, King Vibhuti Narayan, was infatuated with Manjulika, a dancer in his court. She loved Shashidhar, another dancer. Angry, the king publicly beheaded Shashidhar on the night of Durgashtami and imprisoned Manjulika, who swore vengeance before hanging herself. The king mysteriously died and priests locked up Manjulika's spirit on the third floor of the palace. Avni gets a duplicate key from Batukshankar's daughter, Nandhini, and opens the door on the third floor. Unnatural events start taking place thereafter, including an apparition of a woman that frightens everyone in the palace. Suspicion falls on Radha, who is somehow always at the scene of every incident.

Siddharth suspects Radha has become mentally unstable after her heartbreak. He brings his friend, psychiatrist Aditya Shrivastava, to treat her. Aditya's unconventional ways leads the household to think he is a fool. An attempt to kill Siddharth by poisoning his tea is foiled by Aditya. One night, Aditya hears the sound of a ghungroo and a voice singing in Bengali coming from Manjulika's room. Posing as King Vibhuti Narayan, he converses with Manjulika, who vows revenge on the next Durgashtami.

During the engagement of Nandhini to poet Sharad Pradhan, Avni accuses Sharad of sexually harassing her. Sharad vehemently denies this and Aditya explains to an angry Siddharth that he is telling the truth. In reality, Avni has dissociative identity disorder and associates herself with Manjulika. Aditya had become suspicious after Avni's behavior and visited her hometown to gather information about her. She associates Siddharth with the evil King Vibhuti Narayan and believes Sharad to be Shashidhar, for he resides in the house Shashidhar used to live in.

Badri brings renowned exorcist Yagyaprakash Bharti. To everyone's surprise, Aditya was Yagyaprakash's disciple a long time ago. Aditya intends to cure Avni using an unconventional method of psychiatry. Siddharth believes Aditya after witnessing Avni transition to Manjulika. Aditya explains that DID is a lifelong condition but Avni might be cured if they satisfy Manjulika's purpose for existing: killing King Vibhuti Narayan.

On Durgashtami, everyone witnesses Avni assume Manjulika's identity, dressed as her and dancing to Manjulika and Shashidhar's song. Yagyaprakash makes Manjulika promise to leave if she kills the King. She envisions Siddharth as the King and Yagyaprakash and Aditya trick her into thinking she is killing him when in fact she is slaying a dummy. Avni is cured after the orchestrated "murder," believing Manjulika has taken her revenge.

The family, now pleased with Aditya, thank him for his help. Aditya, who has come to like Radha, tells her that he will send his parents if she is interested in marrying him.




Originally, the. main Female lead roles were offered to Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Katrina Kaif. They turned down the offer due to working load, and were replaced by Vidya Balan and Ameesha Patel respectively.The Shooting of the Movie started on February 18 2007 and ended on March 30 2007.[13]



The film score was composed and produced by Ranjit Barot.


Bhool Bhulaiyaa
Soundtrack album by
Released12 July 2007
GenreFeature film soundtrack
Pritam chronology
Bhool Bhulaiyaa
Jab We Met
Professional ratings
Review scores
Bollywood Hungama link
Rediff link

The songs featured in the film composed by Pritam, were released in July 2007. The title song, commonly known as "Hare Ram Hare Krishna Hare Ram", was sung by Neeraj Shridhar.[14] According to the Indian trade website Box Office India, with around 12,00,000 units sold, this film's soundtrack album was the year's eighth highest-selling.[15]

The title song "Bhool Bhulaiyaa" is lifted from Korean band JtL's song "My Lecon".[16]

All lyrics are written by Sameer and Sayeed Quadri

Track Listing
1."Bhool Bhulaiyaa"SameerNeeraj Shridhar, Bob05:12
2."Labon Ko Labon Pe"Sayeed QuadriK.K.05:44
3."Pyaar Ka Sajda"SameerK.K.05:12
4."Ami Je Tomar/Mere Dholna Sun"SameerShreya Ghoshal, M. G. Sreekumar06:47
5."Let's Rock Soniye"SameerShaan, Tulsi Kumar04:27
6."Sakiya Re Sakiya"SameerTulsi Kumar04:57
7."Bhool Bhulaiyaa – Remix"SameerNeeraj Shridhar and Dj A-Myth05:07
8."Allah Hafiz Keh Raha"SameerK.K.04:34
9."Let's Rock Soniye – Remix"SameerShaan, Tulsi Kumar and Pritam04:28
10."Pyaar Ka Sajda – Remix"SameerK.K. and DJ Suketu (Arranged by AKS)05:22
11."Labon Ko Labon Pe – Remix"Sayeed QuadriK.K., DJ Kiran, DJ G and Earl05:17
Total length:52:65


The film was worldwide released on 12 October 2007. The DVD of the movie was released by Eros Home Media. The distribution rights of the movie were acquired to Disney India. The television premiere of the movie was occurred on Star Plus on 15 February 2008. The film was first made streaming available on Netflix on 15the September 2019. Later the film was removed from Netflix on 22 July 2020. On 3 March 2022 the film was made streaming available on Disney+ Hotstar.

Box office[edit]

Bhool Bhulaiyaa was declared a hit at the box office by Box Office India, netting 497 million (US$6.2 million) in India. It was the 6th highest-grossing Bollywood film of 2007.[17] It grossed ₹3,88,00,000 on its first day, while it grossed ₹23,50,00,000 in the first week. The total overseas gross was $3,910,000. The lifetime overseas breakup was $1,380,000 in UK, $1,130,000 in North America, $820,000 in UAE, $151,000 in Australia and $429,000 in other markets.[18]

The film collected 84 crore (US$11 million) worldwide.[19]


Award Category Recipients and Nominees Results
Anandalok Awards Best Actress (Hindi) Vidya Balan Won
Filmfare Awards Best Actress Nominated
Zee Cine Awards Best Actress Nominated
International Indian Film Academy Awards Best Director Priyadarshan Nominated
Best Actor Akshay Kumar
Best Actress Vidya Balan
Best Villain
Best Comedian Paresh Rawal & Rajpal Yadav
Best Music Director Pritam
Best Male Playback Singer Neeraj Shridhar (for "Bhool Bhulaiyaa")
Best Female Playback Singer Shreya Ghoshal (for "Mere Dholna")


A standalone sequel starring, Tabu, Kartik Aaryan and Kiara Advani titled Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 was released on 20 May 2022.

The third installment titled "Bhool Bhulaiyaa 3" was officially announced with a teaser on 1 March 2023 by T-Series, to be again directed by Anees Bazmee and Kartik Aaryan will reprise his role as "Rooh Baba" and this film will be released on Diwali 2024.


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