Bhoothnath directed by Vivek Sharma stars Amitabh Bachchan, Aman Siddiqui, Juhi Chawla, Rajpal Yadav, Satish Shah, Priyanshu Chatterjee and Shahrukh Khan. Some good news for Shahrukh Khan fans. SRK has a good 30 mins long role in Bhoothnath! The movie is targeted mainly at the kids, so how good is it? Is there something in it for the older generation as well? Or is it an out-an-out kiddo movie?
Bhoothnath revolves around 2 characters, Banku (Aman Sidiqui) and Kailash Nath a.k.a Bhootnath (Amitabh Bachchan). Banku and family (Shahrukh Khan and Juhi Chawla) move into a mansion Nath-villa in Goa, which is haunted after the death of Kailash Nath. The bhoot tries every trick in its book to try and scare Banku away, but fails as he stays unaffected. Slowly but steadily a bond develops between the Bhoot and Banku, the bhoot gets a new name – Bhootnath! There is a twist in the movie when Bhootnath‘s son returns from US and decides to sell the mansion away.. Catch the movie to find out what happens next as the movie definitely is worth a watch in your nearest movie-plex.
First time director Vivek Sharma, has managed to extract an award-worthy performance from child artist Aman Siddiqui and good performances from the rest of the cast too. The first half is all fun and is targeted mainly at the kids between the age group of 4 – 12. They are gonna enjoy the first half immensely. The second is more of a emotional tale with something in it for everyone, the kids will enjoy it and so will their parents / family.
Vivek Sharma proves to be a excellent story-teller and a director to watch out for in the future. He truly believes in the fact that content is king and it shows on screen. The scenes between Banku and Bhootnath is scripted, performed and directed brilliantly. The special effects is another plus point of Bhootnath. Technically the movie is top-notch. Cinematography (Vishnu Rao) is good. The music is average at best. The only track that stands out is Mere Buddy. Also a few songs in the movie can be removed to enhance the pace of the movie, especially in the second half.
Performances are top notch. The legendary Amitabh Bachchan is brilliant. Watch him in the scenes involving Aman Siddiqui and you will realise, just why, he is in a different league altogether. His expressions alone are award-worthy. Hats off to the one and only Big B. Aman Siddiqui too is outstanding. His cute smile, laugh, expressions, dialogue delivery are brilliant. If Darsheel bagged all Best Child Actor awards and even managed a nomination for Filmfare Best Actor, Aman could probably achieve the same i.e if the movie succeeds at the box-office.
Juhi Chawla as Banku’s mother is great. Shahrukh Khan does well. Satish Shah is excellent in a comic role. Priyanshu Chatterjee deserves better roles. Rajpal Yadav surprisingly has a limited role.
Overall, Bhootnath has comedy, drama, emotions and the performances are brilliant. It has something in it for every generation. Do catch it this weekend. At the box-office, at lot depends on word-of-mouth. Should do well!
Rating: 4 on 5