Bhool Bhulaiyaa

Bhool Bhulaiyaa (transl. Maze) is a 2007 Indian Hindi-language psychological horror comedy film directed by Priyadarshan and produced by Bhushan Kumar and Krishan Kumar under the T-Series Films banner. A remake of the 1993 Malayalam film Manichitrathazhu,[1] the film stars Akshay Kumar Ameesha Patel, Shiney Ahuja, Vidya Balan, Paresh Rawal, Manoj Joshi, Asrani, Rajpal Yadav and Vikram Gokhale. The film score and soundtrack of the film were composed by Ranjit Barot and Pritam respectively, and the lyrics were written predominantly by Sameer, while Sayeed Quadri wrote one song. The film received universal critical acclaim and was also a huge commercial success. Subsequently the film also attained cult status in Hindi cinema. [2]

Bhool Bhulaiya
Bhool bhulaiyaa.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byPriyadarshan
Written byScreenplay:
Neeraj Vora
Dialogues:
Manisha Korde
Story byMadhu Muttam
Based onManichitrathazhu
by Fazil
Produced byBhushan Kumar
Krishan Kumar
StarringAkshay Kumar
Ameesha Patel
Vidya Balan
Shiney Ahuja
Paresh Rawal
Manoj Joshi
Asrani
Rajpal Yadav
Vikram Gokhale
Vineeth
CinematographyTirru
Edited byN. Gopalakrishnan
Arun Kumar Aravind
Music byPritam
Production
company
Distributed byEros International
Balaji Motion Pictures
Release date
  • 12 October 2007 (2007-10-12)
Running time
154 minutes
CountryIndia
LanguageHindi

PlotEdit

Badrinarayan "Badri" Chaturvedi (Manoj Joshi) heads a Brahmin family whose ancestral palace in Rajasthan is believed to be haunted by the ghost of Manjulika, a classical dancer from Bengal. Siddharth Narayan Chaturvedi (Shiney Ahuja) and his archeologist wife Avni Chaturvedi (Vidya Balan), the son and daughter-in-law of Badri's elder brother return to their native village from the United States and decide to stay in their ancestral palace. This leads to Siddharth's childhood love interest Radha (Ameesha Patel), who is Badri's adopted daughter, feeling heartbroken but she immediately recovers. Siddharth is crowned as the king, his right to the throne.

The palace where Siddharth were staying was once occupied by Raja Vibhuti Narayan, Siddharth's ancestor. He had developed an infatuation for Manjulika, an exceptional dancer and beauty hailing from Bengal, who in turn was in love with Shashidhar, another dancer, who resided in a house just behind the palace and often met her secretly. On the night of Durgashtami, when the king got to know of the affair and their plan to elope, he called them to perform a dance one last time in the court. When Shashidhar bowed in the end, the king beheaded him and imprisoned Manjulika in her room. On the day of the king's marriage, Manjulika hanged herself and swore that her spirit would not leave any king who lived in that very palace. Various omens started taking place after that, presuming that the evil eye may have befallen the kingdom. Vibhuti Narayan too died under unknown circumstances. Soon, with the aid of powerful sorcerers, both Shashidhar's and Manjulika's spirits were locked up in a room on the third floor of the palace using a sacred talisman.

Avni falls in love with the place and learns about Manjulika and her tragic story. Events take a twist when Avni, keenly interested in the story, obtains a copy of the third-floor room key and opens the forbidden locked room that contains the ghost of Manjulika. Unnatural events once again start taking place inside the palace. Murari (Asrani) and Batuk Shankar (Paresh Rawal) try to ward off the evil eye with the help of a priest, Shri Yagyaprakashji Bharti (Vikram Gokhale), but unfortunately the priest has gone to London and is unsure when he might return.

Siddharth starts suspecting Radha for all the strange occurrences. He thinks she has gone crazy since he was supposed to marry her but married Avni instead. He calls his friend, psychiatrist Dr. Aditya Shrivastava (Akshay Kumar) from New York, to try to figure out what the problem is with Radha. Once Aditya reaches the palace, things become comical, as everyone thinks he is a fool, though he is very intelligent and a successful doctor. Eventually, Aditya falls in love with Radha. One night, Aditya hears Manjulika's ghungroo and the sounds of her Bengali song coming from the third floor. He goes and knocks at the door, but sees no one. Next morning, he asks Avni to take her to the third floor. She shows him the place, even Manjulika's room, and her belongings. Adi studies the matter closely and prepares for the night. That night he encounters Manjulika, pretending to be the cruel Raja, and dares her to strike. The ghost angrily vows to take her revenge on the auspicious day of Durgashtami.

During the engagement of Siddharth's cousin Nandini to one Sharad Prahlad (Vineeth), Avni accidentally spills Haldi on Sharad and takes him away to get him cleaned. When Aditya and Siddharth search for her, they see that there is a struggle between Avni and Sharad, and quickly intervene. Siddharth thinks that Sharad was violating Avni, but Aditya tells him that Avni is the real culprit, not Radha as previously suspected. It is revealed that Avni has dissociative identity disorder, a mental disorder that affects the person's identity, making them think they are someone else. At one point of time, Avni tends to forget her own self and becomes Manjulika. Aditya explains that Avni is the one making all the strange things happen around the palace. He reveals that he visited Avni's hometown to gather information about her childhood and has factual evidence.

He tells a half-convinced Siddharth to provoke Avni by refusing her from going out. As he does, soon Avni loses her temper and shows him the dark personality of Manjulika. But she returns to normal quickly, much to her husband's shock and dismay. Later, Siddharth begs Aditya to cure Avni.

During Durgashtami, Aditya and Siddharth along with Sharad see Avni assume Manjulika's identity, dressed as her and dancing to the tunes Manjulika had been dancing to with Shashidhar before the king murdered him. The tragic love triangle of the old king Vibhuti Narayan who wanted Manjulika for himself, and Manjulika and Shashidhar's love story is revealed. Avni imagines herself as Manjulika and Sharad as Shashidhar, dancing in the court of the king. Avni completely assumes the identity of Manjulika and tries to kill her own husband Siddharth; she sees him as the king who had killed Manjulika's lover.

Seeking to cure Avni, Aditya triggers Manjulika's personality and makes her promise to leave Avni if she gets the opportunity to kill the king and take her revenge. The priest Shri Yagyaprakashji Bharti arrives and with his help, during the ritual of Durgashtami, Aditya lays out an intricate plan to trick Manjulika into thinking she is killing the king (Siddharth) when she is actually slaying a dummy. After the orchestrated murder, Manjulika, now content, leaves Avni forever. Avni is rid of dissociative identity disorder and everything ends well. The family members, now very pleased with Aditya, thank him for all his help, saving two lives.

Aditya tells Radha, whom he has taken a liking to, that he will send his parents over if she is interested in marrying him, to which a happy Radha gives her silent consent.

CastEdit

Cast Role
Akshay Kumar Dr. Aditya "Adi" Shrivastav
Ameesha Patel Radha Chaturvedi
Vidya Balan Avni Chaturvedi / Manjulika
Shiney Ahuja Siddharth Chaturvedi / Raja Vibhuti Narayan
Paresh Rawal Batukshankar Upadhyay
Manoj Joshi Badrinarayan "Badri" Chaturvedi
Rajpal Yadav Chhote Pandit
Asrani Murari
Vikram Gokhale Acharya Yagyaprakash Bharti
Rasika Joshi Janki Chaturvedi
Tarina Patel Nandini Chaturvedi
Vineeth Professor Sharad Prahlad / Shashidhar
Kaveri Jha Girja Chaturvedi
Jimit Trivedi Chandu Chaturvedi

ProductionEdit

CastingEdit

Originally, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Katrina Kaif were the first female choices for Bhool Bhulaiyaa. They turned down the offer due to working load, and were replaced by Vidya Balan and Ameesha Patel, respectively.[3] Vidya Balan had to take Kathak lessons for this film.

MusicEdit

ScoreEdit

The film score was composed and produced by Ranjit Barot.

SongsEdit

Bhool Bhulaiyaa
Soundtrack album by
Released12 July 2007
Recorded2007
GenreFeature film soundtrack
Length56:00
LabelT-Series
ProducerPritam
Pritam chronology
Naqaab
(2007)
Bhool Bhulaiyaa
(2007)
Jab We Met
(2007)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Bollywood Hungama      link
Rediff      link

The songs featured in the film composed by Pritam, were released in July 2007. The title song, commonly known as "Hare Ram Hare Krishna Hare Ram", sung by Neeraj Shridhar, was one of the biggest hits of the year starring Akshay Kumar. [4] According to the Indian trade website Box Office India, with around 12,00,000 units sold, this film's soundtrack album was the year's eighth highest-selling.[5]

The title song "Bhool Bhulaiya" is lifted from Korean band JtL's song 'My Lecon'.[6] Songs "Allah Hafiz", "Laboh Ko" and "Ami je tomar/Mere Dholna" become other chartbusters of the year.

All lyrics are written by Sameer and Sayeed Quadri.

Track Listing
No.TitleLyricsSingersLength
1."Bhool Bhulaiyaa"SameerNeeraj Shridhar05:12
2."Labon Ko Labon Pe"Sayeed QuadriK.K.05:44
3."Pyaar Ka Sajda"SameerK.K.05:12
4."Ami Je Tomar/Mere Dholna Sun"SameerShreya Ghoshal, M. G. Sreekumar06:47
5."Let's Rock Soniye"SameerShaan, Tulsi Kumar04:27
6."Sakiya Re Sakiya"SameerTulsi Kumar04:57
7."Bhool Bhulaiyaa – Remix"SameerNeeraj Shridhar and Dj A-Myth05:07
8."Allah Hafiz Keh Raha"SameerK.K.04:34
9."Let's Rock Soniye – Remix"SameerShaan, Tulsi Kumar and Pritam04:28
10."Pyaar Ka Sajda – Remix"SameerK.K. and DJ Suketu (Arranged by AKS)05:22
11."Labon Ko Labon Pe – Remix"Sayeed QuadriK.K., DJ Kiran, DJ G and Earl05:17
Total length:52:65

Box officeEdit

Bhool Bhulaiyaa was a commercial success, netting 497 million (US$6.6 million) in India. It was the 6th-highest-grossing-Bollywood movie of 2007. [7]

The total overseas gross was $3,910,000. The lifetime overseas breakup was $1,380,000 in UK, $1,130,000 in North America, $820,000 in UAE, $151,000 in Australia and $429,000 in other markets.[8]

The film collected 1.55 billion (US$21 million) worldwide.[9]

AwardsEdit

Award Category Recipients and Nominees Results
International Indian Film Academy Awards Best Actor Akshay Kumar Nominated
Best Actress Vidya Balan
Best Director Priyadarshan
Best Comedian Paresh Rawal and Rajpal Yadav
Best Villain Vidya Balan
Best Female Playback Singer Shreya Ghoshal for "Mere Dholna Sun (Ami Je Tomar)"
Best Male Playback Singer Neeraj Shridhar for "Bhool Bhulaiyaa"
Best Music Director Pritam
Filmfare Awards Best Actress Vidya Balan Nominated
Zee Cine Awards Best Actress Vidya Balan Nominated

SequelEdit

A standalone sequel starring Tabu, Kartik Aaryan and Kiara Advani named Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 is in works and would be directed by Anees Bazmee which is scheduled to be released on 25 march 2022.[10] The makers have decided to remake Bhool Bhulaiyaa title song and Ami Je Tomar song.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "indiafm.com". Shooting in Australia. Archived from the original on 19 February 2007. Retrieved 17 February 2007.
  2. ^ https://www.news18.com/photogallery/movies/10-years-of-vidya-balan-10-defining-roles-of-the-talented-actress-1005221.html
  3. ^ "indiafm.com". Vidya replace Aishwarya. 13 October 2007. Retrieved 13 October 2007.
  4. ^ "Bhool Bhulaiyaa (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) by Pritam on Apple Music". iTunes. Retrieved 27 July 2017.
  5. ^ "Music Hits 2000–2009 (Figures in Units)". Box Office India. Archived from the original on 24 June 2010.
  6. ^ "Bollywood Songs Copied".
  7. ^ "Box Office 2007". Box Office India. 4 February 2012. Archived from the original on 14 October 2013. Retrieved 11 February 2012.
  8. ^ "Top Lifetime Grossers OVERSEAS (US $)". Box Office India. Archived from the original on 4 December 2013.
  9. ^ "Top Lifetime Grossers Worldwide (IND Rs)". Box Office India. Archived from the original on 21 October 2013.
  10. ^ "Anees Bazmee reveals some interesting facts about 'Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2' - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 2 April 2021.

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