By Martin D'Souza, Glamsham Editorial
BHOOT RETURNS is supposedly a sequel to the 2003 Ajay-Devgan-Urmila Matondkar starrer Bhoot. It is as lame and insipid.
Being delivered in a 3-D format, Ram Gopal Varma had an ace up his sleeve. But instead of working for the film, the technology works against this so-called horror flick, that is comical in its execution. Technically, no advantage has been taken of the three-dimensional perspective. In fact, the technical guys have been so irrational in their thinking that in almost every scene they have placed something in the foreground that is an irritant to the eye and also takes away from the scene on-screen. It's more a ploy to distract than attract. Distract, I believe from the script of which there is none and as well as performance, where every actor is in a hurry to finish his or her scene, rattling off dialogues which have no meaning.
"Laxman, mere liye coffee banao," says the wife after she wakes up. "Laxman coffee le aao," says the husband when he wakes up going straight for the television remote. Laxman does not answer, the husband's sister along with the two then go on saying "Laxman, Laxman," trying to trace their man-servant. Then there is another lame dialogue uttered by the husband: "Maine bola tha, zaroor bhaag gaya hoga." There is a roar of laughter in the audience. There are many such occasions where you can actually have a hearty laugh.
These are the level of dialogues and scenes one is witness to in Ram Gopal Varma's flick.
In case you are still wondering what the story is, here it is: A voice on the telephone (from the US of A) asks the caretaker of his house why his tenants are not answering his call nor replying to his emails for the past three months. The caretaker says he will go and find out. He then informs him that the family is not at home and the things in the house are as they are.
The owner then asks him to find other tenants. Enter Manisha Koirala with her husband and two kids. Her husband's sister decides to surprise them a day later.
Before you know it, their six-year-old daughter has befriended Shabbu (a ghost). This gives the director enough reason to pump in a background score and stitch up strange scenes. Yes, there is that customary doll as well.
The movie is centered in the house itself. The couple sleeps, wakes up, go to sleep. In between, they run in circles to figure out where the strange noises are coming from.
In between you don't mind taking a nap yourself.
Rating - 0.0