Cast:Amitabh Bachchan, Juhi Chawla, Rajpal Yadav, Tejas Are, Vijay Nath, Satish Shah, Aman Siddiqui
Music Director:Shekhar Ravjiani, Vishal Dadlani, Salim Merchant
Story Writer:Vivek Sharma
Banner:B. R. Films
Bhoothnath is the story of a young boy and a ghost. A young Banku (Aman Siddiqui) and Bhoothnath (Amitabh Bachchan), a ghost, become friends and help each other in various walks of life.
‘Bhoothnath’tells the story of a ghost inside a swanky, neglected, uninhabited house in Goa. The ghost named Kedarnath is in limbo, and he won’t let anyone live inside the house, Nath Villa, to which his fond memories are attached. But then comes a family of Banku (Aman Sidiqqui), his kitchen-shy mom ( Juhi Chawla ) and slap-happy dad ( Shah Rukh Khan ) to live in the house.
The story seems to go in circles as the film focuses on the adventures of the kid and the ghost until Bhoothnath’s past catches up with him. Thereon, the tongue-in-cheek humour of the film wisps out of the plot and melodrama comes in, and the movie becomes a tearjerker, though just partly effective.
‘Bhoothnath’ works mainly in the first half, when it’s funny. Writer-director Vivek Sharma fumbles in the second half, when he obviously feels a necessity to give a definite direction to the plot and veers the story into heavy melodrama reminiscent of films like Baghban .
This is a story that will show adults to see the world through the eyes of a child… an angel, a creation of god. It's then that one will realize what a beautiful world they live in after all.
If only the film also had such a helping hand to pull it out of the mire of weepy melodrama.