If some ghost’s scare the hell out of you some take you on a joy ride. With the likes of SRK’s Paheli and Big B’s Bhootnath, director Kabeer Kaushik is all set to recreate the same kind of charm with Hum Tum Aur Ghost. The movie stars Arshad Warsi in the lead, who has also produced and co-wrriten the film, along with Dia Mirza, Boman Irani and Sandhya Mirdul. When innovation and varience have become the major key to success, will Hum Tum Aur Ghost with a casper like theme work among the audience?
Hum Tum Aur Ghost is about a fashion photographer Armaan Suri (Arshad Warsi) and his unique ability to speak to the dead. Armaan is always high on spirit (alcohol) much against the dislike of his love of life Gehna (Dia Mirza), a fashion magazine editor, and her father. Armaan complaints of hearing voices every now and then that no one can hear. Much to his horror he figures out that he actually can communicate with ghost’s but has to deal with it all by himself. And hence, Armaan embarks on a journey to help three lost souls fulfill their last wish. Does he manage to bring the wish of the dead to life? Amidst all odds will he win his love Gehna back?
Kabeer Kaushik’s Hum Tum Aur Ghost had potential to be an entertaining film but it fails to capture the essence and falls flat due to a flawed script. The screenplay lacks freshness, is loosely written and amateurishly handled that it goes from good to bad to worse and ends up being a long yawn that evokes nothing but boredom. A wafer thin plot line is dragged with oodles of music and romance and some unnecessary sub-plots filled with emotional drama that goes way out of the line and kills the already dying narrative. If that is not painful enough to sit through, the big secret behind the hero’s special ability to be revealed in the end becomes overtly predictable long before the film reaches the climax. When the screenplay fails to rise above the cliches and initiate a decent situational comedy, the writers try hard to induce humour through dialogues. Although at some instances the dialogues manage to tickle, the overall impact is nothing but dreary. Editing could have been better while Cinematography is first-rate. Music by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy is passable. However, the film does manage to work in parts with some emotional sequences well enacted and some comical scenes that turn your grin to a laughter.
Although the film is loaded with talent in the acting department, it doesn’t exactly come as a saving grace. While some excel the other’s disappoint. Arshad Warsi clearly outshines the rest with his high spirited performance and spontaneity. He keeps up his winning streak from Ishqiya and handles both his comical and emotional sequences with ease. Dia Mirza looks gorgeous but her character is contrived and complicated. She goes to extremes when it comes to her love. She once denies him any affection but in a short span goes overboard to help her love fulfill his duty.
The very talented Boman Irani fails to make his presence felt. His comic timing with Arshad Warsi wasn’t good enough either. Sandhya Mirdul is wasted.
Overall, Hum Tum Aur Ghost is a slow poison that lures you to boredom.Rating: