Bhoot – Part One: The Haunted Ship

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Bhoot – Part One: The Haunted Ship
Bhoot Film Poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byBhanu Pratap Singh
Produced by
Written byBhanu Pratap Singh
Music by
CinematographyPushkar Singh
Edited byBodhaditya Banerjee
Distributed byZee Studios
Release date
  • 21 February 2020 (2020-02-21)
Running time
114 minutes[1]
Budget₹30 crore[2]
Box officeest. 40.94 crore[3]

Bhoot – Part One: The Haunted Ship is a 2020 Indian Hindi-language horror thriller film written and directed by Bhanu Pratap Singh [4]and jointly produced by Karan Johar, Hiroo Yash Johar, Apoorva Mehta, and Shashank Khaitan.[5] It is based on a true incident that took place in Mumbai,[6] about the MV Wisdom incident in 2011,[not verified in body] and tells the story of an officer who has to move an abandoned but haunted ship lying static on Juhu Beach. The film features Vicky Kaushal in lead role and is the first film of a planned horror film franchise.[5]

Principal photography began in December 2018 and was wrapped in September 2019.[7] It was theatrically released in India on 21 February 2020.[8]


Meera's third birthday is celebrated on the Sea-Bird by the ship's merchant crew. Drawn away from the party by a sound, Meera is attacked by a ghost and screams. Years later, shipping officer Prithvi Prakashan (Vicky Kaushal), with the help of friend and colleague Riaz, elopes with his pregnant girlfriend Sapna. Prithvi foils a human trafficking operation but Riaz warns him against such dangerous adventures. Prithvi and Sapna have a girl, Megha, and are shown raising her.

Some time later, Prithvi is living alone. He and Riaz investigate the Sea-Bird, which was mysteriously found abandoned at an unmanned port, and recover its logbook. A couple are shown having a romantic adventure on the ship before being killed by a ghost. The body of a girl is found buried on the beach. Prithvi and Riaz attempt to tow the Sea-Bird for disposal, but their salvage ship is damaged. Prithvi is injured saving a drowning man, and sees a girl through a hole in the ship.

While recovering, Prithvi hallucinates of the ship and his wife and daughter. In a flashback, it is revealed that they drowned due to improper safety equipment on a river-rafting vacation he had planned. Disturbed, he consults with Professor Joshi (Ashutosh Rana), who is researching the afterlife and has hallucinations of his own dead wife and daughter. Prithvi returns to the ship and finds a video camera in the engine room; the ghost attacks him but he is saved by Riaz.

Prithvi comes to believe that the girl he saw is Meera, and that she has been possessed by the ghost for 11 years. He brings his findings to Joshi who advises him to identify the ghost; Riaz is wary, knowing this is well beyond their duty. Prithvi learns that the crew of the ship committed suicide, except for Meera and her mother, and grows suspicious of an unidentified man amongst the crew. Prithvi and Riaz meet the mother, Vandana (Meher Vij), and play the video of Meera's birthday party. Vandana reveals that the Sea-Bird was involved in drug smuggling and other illegal activities, and that the unknown man, Amar, stopped her from committing suicide after the captain had assaulted her. Vandana says that she and Amar fell in love and planned to flee, recording the captain's illegal activities to expose him, but that Amar was caught and died following torture.

In order to free Meera, Vandana agrees to show the shipping officers a secret room on the ship. Along with Joshi, they go to the ship the night before it is to be towed away. They fight the ghost, and during the encounter it is revealed that Vandana killed Amar to save herself. Vandana and Joshi are killed, and Riaz spills the diesel fuel. Prithvi finds the secret room where Amar's corpse is hanging. He burns the body, dispelling the ghost. Prithvi rescues Meera and they escape through the hole in the ship.

Later, Prithvi teaches Meera how to eat noodles. In an additional scene in the mid-credits, a black figure is seen moving around Prithvi's home.



In January 2018, it was reported that Kaushal and Pednekar had signed to perform in a horror film produced by Karan Johar.[10] The filming began in December 2018, with Kaushal, while Pednekar filmed her portions in late January.[11] Kaushal fractured his cheekbone while shooting for an action sequence in Gujarat. A door fell on him which resulted in him getting 13 stitches.[12] The shooting of the film ended on 3 September 2019 according to a message on Kaushal's Instagram account.[citation needed]


The film was initially set for release on 15 November 2019, but this was delayed and until 21 February 2020.[13]


Bhoot – Part One: The Haunted Ship
Soundtrack album by
Released12 February 2020[14][better source needed]
GenreFeature film soundtrack
LabelZee Music Company
External audio
audio icon Channa Ve Song on YouTube

The film has only one song, composed and written by Akhil Sachdeva.

Track listing
1."Channa Ve"Akhil Sachdeva, Mansheel Gujral3:31

Box office[edit]

Bhoot – Part One: The Haunted Ship earned 5.10 crore (51 million rupees) net at the domestic box office on its opening day. On the second day, the film collected ₹5.52 crore. On the third day, the film collected ₹5.74 crores taking the total opening weekend collection to ₹16.36 crores (163.6 million rupees).[3]

As of 19 March 2020, with a gross of 38.06 crore in India and 2.88 crore overseas, the film has a worldwide gross collection of 40.94 crore (409.4 million rupees).[3]

Critical reception[edit]

The film has a 0% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 10 reviews, with an average rating of 4.6/10.[15]

Writing in Hindustan Times, Monika Rawal Kukreja described the film as "The best you can say about Bhoot is that it is not outrageously funny as some of Ram Gopal Varma’s big screen outings, but does unintentionally crack you up at many places."[16]

Ronak Kotecha gave the film two and a half stars out of five stating "isn’t convincing enough to make your wait worth it. For a horror film, ‘Bhoot Part One the Haunted Ship’ falls short of sending chills down your spine. At best, it can give you a few spooks."[17]


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