Bhootnath Returns

Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Parth Bhalerao, Usha Jadhav and Boman Irani

Director: Nitesh Tiwari

‘Bhoothnath Returns’ is — a sequel to the 2008 hit ‘Bhoothnath’ — a horror comedy directed by Nitesh Tiwari and produced jointly by Bhushan Kumar, Krishan Kumar, Ravi Chopra and co-produced by Ajay Kapoor.

The movie features Amitabh Bachchan in a leading role followed by Boman Irani and Shahrukh Khan in a supporting role and also has a cameo appearance of Shah Rukh Khan and Ranbir Kapoor.

After his last visit to earth (the earlier version), Bhoothnath (Amitabh Bhachchan) goes back to his Bhoothland, where ghosts live a king size life. And here Bhoothnath is ridiculed by his ghost gang at his inability to scare kids, when he gets one last chance to visit earth for a scarerun on kids. He meets the fresh, slumkid, Akhrot (played by Parth), who is the only one on earth who can see ghosts. Together they form a team of ghost-busters — removing bhooths from buildings and such earthly places as the streets and inside the government machinery as well.

The two meet the scheming politician Bhau (played by Boman Irani), and after a while Bhoothnath agrees to fight the elections as the first bhooth candidate. He becomes a celebrity ghost, posing for media interviews and teaming up with filmmakers.

The challenge is, whether Bhoothnath’s ghost magic is able to fight the terrible human politics.

The movie begins with a lot of promise, entertainment and a charming friendship between a ghost and a boy. It has funny scenes — woven with satire and emotion in the first half, but down it loses the wit.

But Bhoothnath makes a comeback at a perfect time — with the largest democracy on earth going to the elections — it carries a powerful message, in spite of the weaknesses in the plot.        

Primarily a children’s film, it serves the purpose of entertaining and at the same time manages to get across an important message. Its viewership is right, too – if the country wants to bring about change, children should be its forerunners.

Big B is simply great as the ghost, Boman Irani is quite predictably good but the main attraction of this movie is without a doubt child artist Parth. His confidence, charm and energy are awesome.

Parth makes his Bollywood debut with Bhoothnath. He shares screen space with Mr Bachchan throughout the film and at times outshines the star icon and probably adds more passion to this ghost-story.
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