Bhool Bhulaiyaa

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Bhool Bhulaiyaa
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Theatrical release poster
भूल भुलैया
Directed by Priyadarshan
Produced by Bhushan Kumar
Kishan Kumar
Screenplay by Neeraj Vora
Story by Madhu Muttam
Based on Manichitrathazhu
by Madhu Muttam
Starring Akshay Kumar
Ameesha Patel
Vidya Balan
Shiney Ahuja
Vineeth
Music by Songs:
Pritam
Background Score:
Ranjit Barot
Cinematography Tirru
Edited by N. Gopalakrishnan
Arun Kumar Aravind
Distributed by T-Series
Eros International
Release dates
  • 12 October 2007 (2007-10-12)
Running time
154 minutes
Country India
Language Hindi
Box office 840 million (equivalent to 1.8 billion or US$26 million in 2016)[1]

Bhool Bhulaiyaa (English: The Maze) is a 2007 Indian comedy horror film directed by Priyadarshan. It constitutes the official remake of the 1993 Malayalam film, Manichitrathazhu, starring Mohanlal. which was already remade into several Indian films.[2]

Bhool Bhulaiyaa features Akshay Kumar, Vidya Balan, Ameesha Patel and Shiney Ahuja in pivotal roles with Paresh Rawal and Rajpal Yadav in supporting roles. The film score and soundtrack of the film was composed by Ranjit Barot and Pritam respectively, and the lyrics were written by Sameer. It was a critical and commercial success.

The disorder suffered by the protagonist, dissociative identity disorder is an actual mental health problem. When the symptoms of the illness are explained, its most famous case is shown, that of an American woman named Shirley Ardell Mason.

Plot[edit]

Badri (Manoj Joshi) heads a Brahmin family whose ancestral palace is believed to be haunted by the ghost of Manjulika, an odissi dancer from Bengal. Siddharth (Shiney Ahuja) and Avni (Vidya Balan), the son and daughter-in-law of Badri's elder brother, return to their native village from United States and decide to stay in their ancestral palace. This leads to Siddharth's childhood love interest Radha (Ameesha Patel), becoming jealous but she immediately recovers. Siddharth is crowned as the king, his right to the throne.

The palace where Siddharth and Avni were staying was once occupied by Raja Vibhuti Narayan, who was Siddharth's ancestor. He had fallen in love with Manjulika, an Odissi dancer hailing from Bengal. But Manjulika was in love with Shashidhar, another dancer, who resided in a house just behind the palace and often met her secretly. On the night of Durgashtami, when the king gets to know of the affair and their plan to elope, he calls them to perform a dance one last time in the court. In the end, the king beheads Shashidhar and imprisons Manjulika in her room. Then on the day of the king's marriage, Manjulika hangs herself and swore that her spirit would not leave any king who lived in that very palace. Various omens started taking place after that, presuming that the "evil eye" may have befallen on the king. The king too dies under unknown circumstances. Soon, with the aid of powerful sorcerers, both Vibhuti's and Manjulika's spirits were locked up in a room in the third floor of the palace using a sacred talisman.

Events take a twist when Avni obtains a copy of the third floor room key and opens the forbidden locked room that contains the ghost of Manjulika. Unnatural events start taking place inside the palace. Avni falls in love with the place and learns about Manjulika and her tragic story. She becomes enamored with Manjulika. Badri and Batuk Shankar (Paresh Rawal) try to ward off the evil eye with the help of a priest, Shri Yagyaprakashji Bharti (Vikram Gokhale), but unfortunately the priest has gone to London and is unsure when he might return.

Siddharth starts suspecting Radha for all the strange occurrences. He thinks she has gone crazy since he was supposed to marry her, but married Avni instead. He calls his friend, psychiatrist Dr. Aditya Shrivastav (Akshay Kumar) from New York, to try to figure out what the problem is with Radha. Once Aditya reaches the palace, things become comical, as everyone thinks he is a fool, though he is very intelligent. Aditya eventually realizes that Radha is not at fault, and that someone else behind it all, and falls in love with her. One night, he encounters Manjulika and dares her to strike. The ghost angrily vows to take her revenge on the auspicious day of Durgashtami.

During the engagement of Nandini, Siddharth's cousin, and Sharad Pradhan (Vineeth), Avni spills food on Sharad and takes him away to get him cleaned. When Aditya and Siddharth search for her, they see that there is a struggle between Avni and Sharad, and quickly intervene. Siddharth thinks that Sharad was violating Avni, but Aditya tells him that Avni is the real culprit, not Radha as previously suspected. It is revealed that Avni has dissociative identity disorder, a disease that affects the person's identity, making them think they're someone else. Aditya explains that Avni is the one making all the strange things happen around the palace. He reveals that he visited Avni's hometown to gather information about her childhood and has factual evidence. He then tells the half-convinced Siddtharth to provoke Avni in order to make him realize that something is wrong. When Siddharth provokes her, Avni shows the dark personality of Manjulika before returning to her usual self, much to the horror and concern of Siddharth, who asks Aditya to save Avni.

During Durgashtami, Aditya and Siddharth see Avni consumed in Manjulika's identity, dressed as her and dancing to the tunes Manjulika had been dancing to with her love, Shashidhar, before the king murdered him. The tragic love story of the old king Vibhuti Narayan, who loved Manjulika, who in turn loved Shashidhar, is revealed. Avni imagines herself as Manjulika and Sharad as Shashidhar, dancing in the court of the king. Avni completely assumes the identity of Manjulika and tries to kill her own husband Siddharth; she sees him as the king who had killed Manjulika's lover.

To cure Avni, Aditya triggers Manjulika's personality and makes her promise to leave Avni if she gets the opportunity to kill the king and take her revenge. The priest Shri Yagyaprakashji Bharti arrives and with his help, during the ritual of Durgashtami, Aditya lays out an intricate plan to trick Manjulika into thinking she is killing the king when she is actually slaying a dummy. After the "murder", Manjulika, now content, leaves Avni forever. Avni is healed and everything ends well. Aditya tells Radha, whom he has taken a liking to, that he will send his parents over if she is interested in marrying him, to which a happy Radha gives her silent consent.

Cast[edit]

  • Akshay Kumar as Dr. Aditya Shrivastav, Siddharth's friend and a psychiatrist whom Siddharth calls upon to check the happenings in the haveli
  • Vidya Balan as Avni Chaturvedi/Manjulika, A young woman who marries Siddharth. After she opens the locked room where the family believes Manjulika's spirit has been trapped, mysterious and supernatural happenings begin in the house
  • Shiney Ahuja as Siddharth Chaturvedi, Avni's loving husband who is educated in the United States. Unlike his family, he doesn't believe in the supernatural, and thus calls his friend and psychiatrist Aditya to investigate the matter
  • Ameesha Patel as Radha, Siddharth's childhood friend and Aditya's love interest. She is suspected by Siddharth as being behind the supernatural happenings, and is used by Aditya to manipulate Manjulika
  • Paresh Rawal as Batukshankar Upadhyay
  • Rajpal Yadav as Chhote Pandit / Lal Hanuman
  • Asrani as Murari
  • Vikram Gokhale as Acharya Yagyaprakash Bharti
  • Manoj Joshi as Badrinarayan 'Badri' Chaturvedi
  • Rasika Joshi as Janki Upadhyay
  • Tarina Patel as Nandini Upadhyay
  • Vineeth as Professor Sharad Prahlad / Shashidhar
  • Kaveri Jha as Girja Upadhyay
  • Navika Kotia as child Avni

Production[edit]

Casting[edit]

Originally Aishwarya Rai and Katrina Kaif were the first female choices for Bhool Bhulaiyaa. They turned down the offer and were replaced by Vidya Balan and Ameesha Patel.[3] Vidya Balan had to take Kathak lessons for this film. Incidentally, Vineeth played the same role in the Rajinikanth-starrer Chandramukhi (2005), which was the Tamil remake of Manichithrathazhu. The dance consisted mainly of a fusion of kathak, odissi and bharatanatyam.

Soundtrack[edit]

Bhool Bhulaiyaa
Soundtrack album by Pritam
Released 2 September 2007 (India)
Recorded 2007
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Length 52:65
Label T-Series
Producer Pritam
Pritam chronology
Naqaab
(2007)
Bhool Bhulaiyaa
(2007)
Jab We Met
(2007)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Bollywood Hungama 3.5/5 stars link
Rediff 3/5 stars link

All lyrics written by Sameer and Sayeed Quadri; all music composed by Pritam with additional rap verse by American rapper Wiz Khalifa.

Songs
No. Title Lyrics Singers Length
1. "Bhool Bhulaiyaa"   Sameer Neeraj Shridhar,
Wiz Khalifa
05:12
2. "Labon Ko Labon Pe"   Sayeed Quadri K.K. 05:44
3. "Pyaar Ka Sajda"   Sameer K.K. 05:12
4. "Bhool Bhulaiyaa – Remix"   Sameer Neeraj Shridhar 05:07
5. "Let's Rock Soniye"   Sameer Shaan, Tulsi Kumar 04:27
6. "Sakiya Re Sakiya"   Sameer Tulsi Kumar 04:57
7. "Mere Dholna Sun/ Ami Je Tomar"   Sameer Shreya Ghoshal, M. G. Sreekumar 06:47
8. "Allah Hafiz Keh Raha"   Sameer K.K. 04:34
9. "Let's Rock Soniye – Remix"   Sameer Shaan, Tulsi Kumar 04:28
10. "Pyaar Ka Sajda – Remix"   Sameer K.K. 05:22
11. "Labon Ko Labon Pe – Remix"   Sayeed Quadri K.K. 05:17

Character map of Manichithrathazhu and its remakes[edit]

Characters in Manichitrathazhu and its adaptations
Manichitrathazhu (1993) Apthamitra (2004) Chandramukhi (2005) Rajmohol (2005) Bhool Bhulaiyaa (2007)
Malayalam Kannada Tamil Telugu (Dubbed) Bengali Hindi
Dr. Sunny Joseph
(Mohanlal)
Dr. Vijay
(Vishnuvardhan)
Dr. Saravanan
(Rajinikanth)
Dr. Eeswar
(Rajinikanth)
Dr. Agni
(Prosenjit Chatterjee)
Dr. Aditya Shrivastav
(Akshay Kumar)
Nakulan
(Suresh Gopi)
Ramesh
(Ramesh Aravind)
Senthilnathan
(Prabhu Ganesan)
Kailash
(Prabhu Ganesan)
Sumit
(Abhishek Chatterjee)
Siddharth Chaturvedi
(Shiney Ahuja)
Ganga
(Shobana)
Ganga
(Soundarya)
Ganga Senthilnathan
(Jyothika)
Ganga Kailash
(Jyothika)
Deboshree
(Anu Choudhury)
Avni
(Vidya Balan)
Sreedevi
(Vinaya Prasad)
Soumya
(Prema)
Durga
(Nayantara)
Durga
(Nayantara)
Malini
(Rachana Banerjee)
Radha
(Ameesha Patel)
Unnithan
(Innocent Vincent)
Mukunda
(Dwarakish)
Murugesan
(Vadivelu)
Basavaiah
(Vadivelu)
Manik
(Subhasish Mukherjee)
Batukshankar Upadhyay
(Paresh Rawal)

Box office[edit]

Bhool Bhulaiyaa was a commercial success, netting 497 million (US$7.4 million) in India. It was the 6th highest domestic grosser of 2007.[4]

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.[5]

The film collected 840 million (US$12 million) worldwide.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Top Lifetime Grossers Worldwide (IND Rs)". Box Office India. Archived from the original on 21 October 2013. 
  2. ^ "indiafm.com". Shooting in Australia. Archived from the original on 19 February 2007. Retrieved 17 February 2007. 
  3. ^ "indiafm.com". Vidya replace Aishwarya. 13 October 2007. Retrieved 13 October 2007. 
  4. ^ "Box Office 2007". Box Office India. 4 February 2012. Archived from the original on 14 October 2013. Retrieved 11 February 2012. 
  5. ^ "Top Lifetime Grossers OVERSEAS (US $)". Box Office India. Archived from the original on 4 December 2013. 

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