Star Cast : Manisha Koirala, J. D. Chakravarthy, Madhu Shalini and Alayana Sharma
Directed By: Ram Gopal Verma
Censor Rating: (A)
So far it was widely believed that Ram Gopal Verma, the maverick, is thoroughly adroit in cine business and that’s because, RGV is the staunch supporter of innovation and novelty in his style of movie making. But now, it looks like Ramu needs to take a break from movie making and introspect about his fading innovation – quotient and cinematographic dexterity.
The latest entertainment delight ( or so called entertainment delight), that came out of Ramu’s factory of cine cantata is, “Bhoot Returns”. Though the first promo of the movie sparked some curiosity ripples among the cine buffs, but inspite of that, “Bhoot Returns” could not secure even a decent opening at multiplexes.
“Bhoot Returns” starring Manisha Koirala, J.D. Chakarwarty, Madhu Shalini child artist Alyanna Sharma opened with a meagre occupancy of 5 % at multiplexes.
Well as far as synopsis of “Bhoot Returns” is concerned then it was more of a monotonous, parroty re-showcasing of RGV’s previous horror flicks, where a family unknowingly rents a haunted house and post that hell breaks loose for them.
As the the story takes off, Tarun Awasthi ( J.D.Chakravarthy) along with his wife Namrata ( Manisha Koirala) and two kids Nimmi ( Alyanna Sharma) and Taman, moves in to a luxurious bungalow, that he acquires at a very nominal rent. At first, Namrata gets suspicious about getting such lavish bungalow at such a throw away rent, but ultimately quashes her apprehensions as her kids readily approve the new house.
Soon after moving in to their new house, everybody gets busy with their way of life, except little Nimmi, who spends her time exploring the various spaces of the house. And one day during her exploration spree, Nimmi finds a doll. And soon after the discovery of the doll by Nimmi, the rotten luck starts enveloping the family, where Nimmi starts including her wraith friend Shabbo in all her activities.
Initially family mistakes Nimmi’s new doll to be Shabbo, but soon after they sniff the existence of some problem, when Nimmi addresses her doll as Dolly and introduces her invisible wraith friend Shabbo while pointing towards an empty space.
Soon after this rendezvous of Awasthi’s with this absurd thrill, Tarun’s sister Pooja (Madhu Shalini) visits them. As Tarun, Namrata and Pooja discuss Nimmi’s fixation over her imaginary friend Shabbu, their domestic help, Laxman, tries to convince them about the presence of a spirit in Nimmi’s life. And amid a volley of demonic sounds, and eerie movements things start getting worst for Awasthis.
As the story proceeds Pooja installs cameras in the house in order to unearth the reality of these absurd happenings. Everybody gets surprised when cameras capture the presence of a spirit in the house, and post that within no time the family decides to vacate the house, but the disaster begins, when Nimmi goes missing immediately before that.
Script of “Bhoot Returns” could have been ornamented with the accolades, if it would have released in 100 BC or even before that, because knitted with such a bland dose of horror the the script completely fails in expressing its intent.
Or in more simpler words script of Bhoot Returns is a doggie bag containing the tit-bits of Vaastu Shastra, Phoonk and Paranormal Activity with a major prevalence of copy paste job in its creation.
With almost ditto premise, where a happy family moves into a new house, followed by the arrival of a domestic help, who believes in the existence of paranormal creature and apprises the 21 st century family about it.
All these components of this celluloid potpourri, simply becomes unbearable for you as soon as it starts.
Screenplay and Direction:
Since first frame, “Bhoot Returns” starts giving you a “Deja Vu” feeling blended with an inconsistent pace of narration. After watching “Bhoot Returns” and “Department” one fact which is quite conspicuous now is that, Rammu has got a fixation of pasting cameras in every nook an corner of his sets.
Be it by placing a camera under bed cover or in the wash basin, RGV don’t want his sight to miss anything. So don’t be surprised if, in the upcoming flicks of Verma you see his star cast flaunting helmets with cameras mounted on them.
Though Rammu tried to blend technological aspect but everything seemed to be boom ranging for the movie. In fact, it won’t be wrong to say that cinematography of “Bhoot Returns” is totally uninspiring and even the 3D factor looks like an obtruded patch, which at times gives a blow on face feel and distracts you.
In the music department “Bhoot Returns” has nothing to offer but the thing which tries to save this nosediving cine cantata is, Sandeep Chowta’s background score.
After a long sabbatical from showbiz, Manisha Koirala tried to prove her acting adroitness and looked okay, whereas J.D. Chakrawarty’s performance looked somewhat similar to his previous performances in cine flicks like Vaastu Shastra which too was an okay one.
Madhu Shalini too performs ably and manages to grab attention at few places by flaunting her silky gams.
In nut shell, it’s because of monotonous script and poor direction, that inspite of their best efforts the cast failed miserably in leaving any impact on cine buffs.
For BO potential of “Bhoot Returns” the only thing that can be said is, keeping any inflated hopes from this sans entertainment RGV flick will be wrong because this time nobody is expected to welcome the return of Bhoot. And as far as earning potential of “Bhoot Returns” is concerned then all we can say is, now RGV has accustomed himself to accommodate with disasters.
To sum up, “Bhoot Returns” is another dull gem in RGV’s Hall of Shame, and watching it is recommended only if you don’t have a DTH connection to watch “Fear Files” on small screen.