New Delhi: Over the years, horror-comedy films in Bollywood have found a lot of love from the audience. In which after ‘Go Goa Gone’, ‘Golmaal Again’ and ‘Bhool Bhulaiyaa’, ‘Stree’, ‘Roohi’, now Saif Ali Khan, Arjun Kapoor, Jacqueline Fernandez and Yami Gautam starrer horror-comedy film ‘Bhoot Police’ has now been streamed on the OTT platform. There is a BUZZ about the film on social media as well. So does ‘Bhoot Police’ directed by Pawan Kriplani also make it to the list, or is it just another attempt to cash in on the popularity charts? Let’s know…
Movie: Bhoot Police
Cast: Saif Ali Khan, Arjun Kapoor, Jacqueline Fernandez, Yami Gautam, Javed Jaffrey, Amit Mistry, Jamie Lever
Director: Pawan Kirpalani
Where to watch: Disney+ Hotstar
Meet these characters
Vibhuti (Saif Ali Khan) and Chironji (Arjun Kapoor) play ghost-hunting brothers who are put to the real test when two sisters, Kanika (Jacqueline Fernandez) and Maya (Yami Gautam) are forced to visit the tea gardens in Dharamsala. They arrive, where they meet an old powerful spirit. The one who was defeated by his own father many years ago is told at the beginning of the story that he has resurfaced…?
Such is the story
Vibhuti (Saif Ali Khan) and Chironji (Arjun Kapoor) play exorcist brothers, while Vibhuti believes there is no such thing as a ghost. But his business will always flourish until superstitions are eradicated in India. While Chironji sincerely believes that he is doing his father’s work to help someone in need one day. Their real test is when they arrive at a Dharamsala tea field owned by two sisters, Kanika (Jacqueline Fernandez) and Maya (Yami Gautam), where an ancient spirit awaits them. This soul was defeated by the father of both of them. The battle of two brothers with this ghost is the whole fun of this story.
Great second half
The second half of ‘Bhoot Police’ really elevates the film, and it is an obvious thing that if the filmmakers want to make one of the two parts better, they always choose the other. Because this is usually recorded in the mind of the audience. This does not mean that the first part is completely useless. But here’s where the comic punch and scare post a little midway mark. Of course, while balancing both the parts, Saif Ali Khan is in excellent form, Arjun Kapoor has supported him in a very good way. Yami Gautam brings consistency even in small roles, while Jacqueline Fernandez’s acting still seems like a tough task but it doesn’t matter as her screen presence is always quite lively. Jamie Lever manages to leave his mark among the supporting cast. The special effects are actually much better than in Bollywood movies, with extra marks for Sachin-Jigar’s background score and Jaya Krishna Gummadiye’s cinematography.
These are the shortcomings
For a large part, when it comes to the shortcomings of ‘Bhoot Police’, the film seems to have wandered you a bit. But to your surprise, if it immediately sets its foot on the story, most things turn out well. Even after the film gained momentum, some of the punch and scare scenes could have been better thought out and certainly made the film more fun. Also, it’s high time our filmmakers and writers went beyond the tried-and-tested ‘Buri Atma’, ‘Chudel’ or ‘Ghost Out for Vengeance’ routine. In the end, seeing the film, one does not feel disappointed. But you have to watch the film to see whether Vibhuti (Saif Ali Khan) and Chironji (Arjun Kapoor) win from Bhoot.