Bhoothnath

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Bhoothnath
Bhoothnath poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byVivek Sharma
Written byVivek Sharma
Sudhanshu Dube
Story byVivek Sharma
Based onThe Canterville Ghost
by Oscar Wilde
Produced byRavi Chopra
StarringAmitabh Bachchan
Juhi Chawla
Aman Siddiqui
Rajpal Yadav
Priyanshu Chatterjee
CinematographyVishnu Rao
Edited byK. Vikas
Music bySongs:
Vishal–Shekhar
Background Score:
Salim–Sulaiman
Production
company
B.R. Films
Distributed byIndian Films (India)
Eros International (International)
Release date
  • 9 May 2008 (2008-05-09)
Running time
136 minutes
CountryIndia
LanguageHindi
Budget20 crore (equivalent to 47 crore or US$5.9 million in 2020)
Box office38.8 crore (equivalent to 92 crore or US$12 million in 2020)

Bhoothnath (transl. Lord of ghosts)[1] is a 2008 Indian Hindi-language supernatural comedy film written and directed by Vivek Sharma, starring Amitabh Bachchan, Juhi Chawla, Aman Siddiqui, Priyanshu Chatterjee and Rajpal Yadav and features Shah Rukh Khan in a cameo appearance. 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, written and directed by Nitesh Tiwari, was released on 11 April 2014; it shares a remote connection with the original.

Plot[edit]

One windy night, 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. Aditya, an engineer working on a cruise line, moves into the villa for a year along with his wife Anjali and his son Banku. The next day he bids them a brief farewell. Some more days later, one night, Banku encounters the ghost whose name is Kailash Nath. Little Banku, who is told by his mother that ghosts don't exist but angels do, considers him to be one and also nicknames him Bhoothnath. Things become comical when Banku displays no fear of him despite various attempts by Bhoothnath to scare him off and drive him out of the house. Instead the latter keeps getting pranked on by the kid and it becomes a playful fight between the two. One day, Bhoothnath tries to scare Banku again while he is on the edge of the stairs, but it instead results in startling him and causing him to fall down and sustain a head injury, much to his shock. Anjali rushes him to the hospital and Bhoothnath follows. Banku is saved, relieving both. A tearful Bhoothnath apologizes to Banku and the two become best friends. Some weeks later, Bhoothnath's son Vijay Nath returns from the United States to sell off the house. This angers the ghost as he doesn't want his home to be demolished and scares off the buyers. Banku tries to calm him down and requests him to appear before his mother. He does so, and reveals his story.

Years ago, Kailash had a happy family with his wife Nirmala, his son Vijay and his grandson Vibhu. Some time later, Vijay moved to the US for higher studies and later settled there, to the dismay of his parents. His mother yearned for him to visit her but he hardly contacted them. Kailash was disappointed when he arrived on the day of Nirmala's funeral and then tried to sell off the house. He turned down the buyers, angering Vijay's wife. Vijay requested his father to move with them to America, saying that nothing is left for them in the house but Kailash, who was (and still is) emotionally attached to the house, declined the offer. The next day, Vijay left with his family to the airport all the while Kailash desparately trying to convince him not to leave but he didn't listen. While on the way to follow him out of the house, Kailash tripped down the stairs. Even then he ran after Vijay to stop him but he ignored him and left. Devastated, he walked back inside the house to see his own lifeless body lying on the bottom of the stairs.

Aditya and Anjali decide to perform Bhoothnath's final rites to give him salvation. But Banku is only told that they are "celebrating his birthday" as the kid is too young to understand the meaning of the ceremony. Aditya meets Vijay and confronts him. Guilt-ridden, Vijay arrives during the ceremony and apologizes for his mistakes and tells the family that they can live permanently in the house. Bhoothnath forgives his son and is freed. Banku, seeing a tearful Bhoothnath disappear, is distraught. The next day he is leaving for school, missing the ghost, when the two are happily reunited as Bhoothnath appears again, though he requests Banku and the viewers to hide it.

Cast[edit]

Music[edit]

Bhoothnath
Soundtrack album by
Released5 April 2008
Recorded6:28
GenreFilm soundtrack
LabelT-Series
ProducerVishal–Shekhar
Vishal–Shekhar chronology
Tashan
(2008)
Bhoothnath
(2008)
Bachna Ae Haseeno
(2008)

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$850,000) among its theatrical run and was declared a 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. ^ boxofficeindia.com https://web.archive.org/web/20120826104302/http://www.boxofficeindia.com/showProd.php?itemCat=218&catName=MjAwOA%3D%3D. Archived from the original on 26 August 2012. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)

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