Bhoothnath

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Bhoothnath
Bhoothnath poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byVivek Sharma
Produced byRavi Chopra
Written byVivek Sharma
Sudhanshu Dube
Story byVivek Sharma
Based onThe Canterville Ghost
by Oscar Wilde
StarringAmitabh Bachchan
Juhi Chawla
Aman Siddiqui
Rajpal Yadav
Priyanshu Chatterjee
Music bySongs:
Vishal-Shekhar
Background Score:
Salim-Sulaiman
CinematographyVishnu Rao
Edited byK. Vikas
Distributed byB R Films
Release date
  • 9 May 2008 (2008-05-09)
Running time
136 mins
CountryIndia
LanguageHindi
Budget6.8 million (equivalent to 15 million or US$210,000 in 2019)
Box office200 million (equivalent to 450 million or US$6.3 million in 2019)

Bhoothnath (transl. Lord of ghosts)[1] is a 2008 Indian Hindi comedy horror film written and directed by Vivek Sharma, starring Amitabh Bachchan, Juhi Chawla, Aman Siddiqui, Priyanshu Chatterjee and Rajpal Yadav in lead roles and features Shah Rukh Khan in a special cameo. The film is an adaptation of Oscar Wilde's 1887 short story "The Canterville Ghost".[1]

"Bhoothnath" was released on 9 May 2008, receiving positive reviews from critics. It was well-received by audiences and popular among children, becoming a success at the box office. The performances of the main cast were praised by critics and audiences alike. A sequel titled Bhoothnath Returns, co-written by Sharma and written and directed by Nitesh Tiwari was released on 11 April 2014.

Plot[edit]

A young couple sneaks into the Nath Villa, a huge bungalow in Goa, only to discover that a ghost haunts the house, causing them to flee. Days later, Aditya Sharma and his wife Anjali Sharma move into the house with their young son, Aman "Banku" Sharma. Aditya is an engineer working on a cruise line who soon bids Anjali and Banku a brief farewell. Days after Aditya's departure, Anjali hires Anthony, a drunk thief, as a housekeeper. One night, Banku encounters the ghost, whose name is Kailash Nath. Banku nicknames him Bhoothnath, a portmanteau of bhoot (ghost in Hindi) and Nath, his surname.

Although Bhoothnath tries to scare him off, Banku considers him an angel and treats him like a friend. Banku's innocent love melts Bhoothnath's anger. One day Bhoothnath unintentionally causes Banku to sustain a head injury after startling him and causing him to fall down the stairs; the two reconcile in the hospital and soon become best friends. Bhoothnath's son, Vijay Nath, returns from the United States to sell off the bungalow. Bhoothnath is angry, as he does not want his home demolished, and scares the buyers. Anjali comes to know about Bhootnath's existence and he finally reveals his story to Banku and Anjali.

Many years ago, Kailash Nath has a happy family with his wife Nirmala, son Vijay. Vijay moves to the U.S for higher studies. He then gets married and permanently settles in the United States despite Kailash requesting him to return home. Days later Nirmala dies and Vijay returns with his family. Unknown to Kailash, Vijay tries to sell the bunglow. This angers Kailash and it results in an argument. Vijay and his wife, against his own son's and Kailash's protests, get ready to return to the US . Kailash runs after him to stop him from leaving and falls down the stairs. Unaware that he has just died, Kailash's ghost rises and runs after Vijay but Vijay cannot see him and he leaves. As Kailash walks back inside the house, he sees his own dead body lying on the floor and realizes he is now a ghost.

Aditya and Anjali decide to perform Bhoothnath's final rites to give him salvation. Aditya meets Vijay and confronts him. Guilt ridden, Vijay arrives during the ceremony and apologizes for his mistakes and tells the Sharma family that they can live permanently in the house. Bhoothnath forgives his son and is freed. Banku realises this and gives Bhoothnath a tearful goodbye. A distraught Banku leaves for school, missing Bhoothnath, who has disappeared. However, the two are happily reunited when Bhoothnath returns, though he requests Banku and the viewers to hide it.

Cast[edit]

Music[edit]

All songs are composed by Vishal-Shekhar with lyrics by Javed Akhtar.

Song Title Singer(s)
Mere Buddy Amitabh Bachchan, Armaan Malik
Hum Toh Hain Aandhi Koushtuv Ghosh, Aparna Bhagwat, Sharavan Suresh & Sneha Suresh
Banku Bhaiya Sukhwinder Singh
Samay Ka Pahiya Hariharan, Sukhwinder Singh
Chalo Jaane Do Amitabh Bachchan, Juhi Chawla
Mere Buddy (Repeat) Amitabh Bachchan, Armaan Malik
Bhoothnath Theme Instrumental

Reception[edit]

The film received generally positive response from critics. As of June 2020, the film holds a 60% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, based on five reviews with an average rating of 6.25/10.[2] At the box office, the film had a slow opening, though it managed to gross 68 million (US$950,000) among its theatrical run and was declared semi-hit by Box Office India.[3]

Sequel[edit]

As the film finished with a "to be continued" ending, a sequel to Bhoothnath was expected but there was no clear intention. Bachchan and the original production team announced a sequel, titled Bhoothnath Returns, which was co-written and directed by Nitesh Tiwari, and released on 11 April 2014. Bachchan and Khan reprised their roles, though the latter only had a cameo appearance as himself.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Sonia Chopra. "Bhoothnath". Sify. Archived from the original on 12 April 2014.
  2. ^ "Bhoothnath (2008)". Retrieved 4 June 2020 – via www.rottentomatoes.com.
  3. ^ http://boxofficeindia.com/showProd.php?itemCat=218&catName=MjAwOA== Archived 26 August 2012 at the Wayback Machine

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