Review: Bhoothnath Returns


Bhoothnath Returns sees Amitabh Bachchan reprise his character as an amiable ghost. The story sees the deceased Kailash Nath (Amitabh Bachchan) now inhabiting Bhoothworld, where he is mocked by his fellow ghosts for his failure to scare a child. Charged with bringing shame on the ghost community, he pledges to return to earth in his ghostly incarnation to scare a child, in a bid to win the respect of his dead peers.

Bhoothnath reaches Dharavi, Mumbai’s biggest slum, and here he happens to meet Akhrot (Parth Bhalerao), a street-smart kid, and soon they become friends. Akhrot soon lands the two of them in a soup after agreeing to help a criminal-turned-politician called Baau. To set matters straight, Akhrot tells Bhoothnath to stand against Baau in elections.

As a sequel to Bhoothnath, Bhoothnath Returns follows a similar storyline but with a very strong political undertone this time. From a kid’s film, it soon shifts focus towards awakening the whole nation to cast a vote and voice their opinion. Bhoothnath takes upon himself to contest in the elections as a ghost, for nowhere does the election rulebook rule out dead people from contesting for elections. How Bhoothnath and Akhrot manage to inspire a social change forms the rest of the plot.

Although Bachchan has delivered unforgettable performances in his illustrious career, he never fails to surprise you with stellar acts again and again. He is the soul of Bhoothnath Returns, shining in several crucial sequences of the film. Boman Irani is fabulous as the power-hungry, shrewd politician, while Parth Bhalerao is the scene stealer, delivering a winning performance, despite sharing screen space with ace actors. Shah Rukh Khan and Ranbir Kapoor make cameo appearances, but they hardly leave any impact.

‘Party Toh Banti Hai’ is probably one of the peppiest songs of the movie. The lyrics make sense and it is sheer fun! Composed by Meet Brothers Anjjan, this party number is crooned by Mika Singh.

On the whole, Bhoothnath Returns is made with noble intentions and the message it conveys resonates in the second hour, although those looking for entertainment may find it lacking in the second half. Watch it for some wonderful moments and superior performances by Bachchan, Boman Irani and the child artist Parth Bhalerao.