Bhoot Police Movie Review Rating:
3.0 out of 5.0 stars
Star cast: Saif Ali Khan, Arjun Kapoor, Yami Gautam, Jacqueline Fernandez, Jaaved Jaaferi, Rajpal Yadav, Jamie Lever
Director: Pavan kirpalani
What is good: You get extra marks for not following the usual cliches …
What is bad: … but misses some marks for not being good enough at what it does
Loo Break: With just a little over two hours without songs, this won’t force you to take any breaks.
To look or not ?: If you are a worshiper of movie aesthetics, jump in and you won’t be disappointed, but keep your expectations in check.
Available in: Hotstar
Execution time: 128 minutes
The first few minutes are taken to lay the foundation for the film’s title by introducing ourselves to the Bhoot Police, which consists of two brothers Vibhu (Saif Ali Khan) and Chiku (Arjun Kapoor).
Of our two desi ghost hunters, Vibhu is the one who regards this occupation as a monetary opportunity, but Chiku is the righteous one who follows his dead father’s route to master Tantrism.
At a ‘Carnival of Spirits’, Maya (Yami Gautam) discovers them and then takes them to Dharmashala to captivate a ‘Kichkandi’ (a spooky female ghost). Following the pattern of siblings with contrasting thoughts, we also have Kanu (Jacqueline Fernandez), a sister of Maya who does not match and does not believe in ghosts or ghostbusters. The rest of the movie, of course, has to be about how this unbalanced jodi of brothers freed a town from an ancient ghost.
Bhoot Police Movie Review: Script Analysis
Writer / director Pavan Kirpalani teams up with Sumit Batheja and Pooja Ladha Surti for a script that is not only a refreshing take on Horredys, but also helps to eerie the atmosphere of the film. Sumit and Pooja are also responsible for dialogue which, like the humor in the film, is not always as effective.
There are few brilliantly written lines that create impeccable situational humor like Arjun & Saif’s confused gaze after a nepotism joke or Arjun asking the villagers if they want to check their ‘kagaz’. There’s even a Go Goa Gone easter egg that I’ll leave for everyone to find out and it’s hilarious if they get it in time.
Somewhere the problem with the script lies in its USP of being a combination of two genres because it doesn’t really excel at either of them. Many jokes don’t find the right ground to land on, and many scary jumps are as predictable as dancing in a Remo D’Souza movie. Director of Photography Jayakrishna Gummadi continues his winning streak from a very low-key phobia, a colorful shadow in Haseen Dillruba, to dystopian insanity in this one. Special mention to Donald Reagen Gracy, Anita Rajgopalan Lata’s eye-catching production design, which is one of the main reasons the film gets A + in appearance.
Bhoot Police Movie Review: Star Performance
There are certain roles that you have to prepare for for months, achieve the physical goal to match your role, adjust your mental state according to the character sketch and then there are some that you just have fun with. Saif Ali Khan, in his patterned boxers and jackets, is doing the same, just having fun with a role tailored for him. You get the meatiest lines that are fully justified by the way you deliver them as flawlessly as ever.
Arjun Kapoor balances himself quite well while on the verge of being subtle and turning into a caricature. The way he underestimates Chiku, at times, becomes a problem that is overshadowed by the ‘eccentric’ Ali Khan. His character arc restricts him to a limited area where he has a handful of opportunities to keep up the intrigue. Arjun’s Chiku is about emotions that are not very well written, considering the scope the writers must have imagined while pairing him with Saif as brothers.
Yami Gautam’s Maya is an important character in the narrative, but she doesn’t demand anything extraordinary from the actress. She adds value to the climax, but that also has a lot of other contributing factors, and that’s the most I can say without spoiling. Jacqueline Fernandez, once again, depends a lot on how her character has the shortcomings that she has in real life, like struggling with the accent. It’s nothing you haven’t done before limiting yourself to the zone you’ve always been in.
Jaaved Jaaferi and Rajpal Yadav are ‘literally’ wasted on both paper and screen. Some actors are so good at what they do that it will always be difficult to write roles for them. They can transform meh writing into something special with their talent, but this was not even normal for their level. The same goes for the waste of Jamie Lever’s talent.
Bhoot Police movie review: direction, music
With this, director Pavan Kirpalani has had four attempts to make people scream. Okay sorry, I’ll frame it better, this is his fourth attempt at casting ghosts (or just the idea) in his movies as strong supporting characters. Although Phobia took a different route than Darr @ The Mall & Ragini MMS, Bhoot Police is still the odd man due to his added humor (which comes with the caveat not to be funny all the time).
Fortunately, the creators steer clear of stuffing unnecessary items and love songs that were very easy to attract. There is only one song in the end credits that you can skip entirely. Clinton Cerejo, as usual, fills the background with a wide thrust and does not dominate the volume on the screen. It maintains the balancing act of where to speak out loud and where to remain silent depending on the mood of the narrative.
Bhoot Police Movie Review: The Last Word
All said and done, Bhoot Police scores for paving the way for the next horredys by breaking the template of the usual horror movies. Although its substance is not as strong as Stree’s, it creates a different support for itself that could be explored further to create an absolute classic in this space.
Bhoot Police Trailer
Bhoot Police Releases September 10, 2021.
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