Bhool Bhulaiyaa

Bhool Bhulaiyaa (transl. Labyrinth) is a 2007 Indian Hindi-language comedy horror 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, adapted by Neeraj Vora and Manisha Korde, it stars Akshay Kumar, Vidya Balan, Shiney Ahuja, Ameesha Patel, Paresh Rawal, Rajpal Yadav, Manoj Joshi, Asrani and Vikram Gokhale.[1] The film score and soundtrack were composed by Ranjit Barot and Pritam respectively, with lyrics written by Sameer and Sayeed Quadri.

Bhool Bhulaiya
Bhool bhulaiyaa.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byPriyadarshan
Written byScreenplay:
Neeraj Vora Dialogues:
Manisha Korde
Yashwant Mahilwar
Based onManichitrathazhu
by Fazil
Produced byBhushan Kumar
Krishan Kumar
Starring
CinematographyTirru
Edited byN. Gopalakrishnan
Arun Kumar Aravind
Music bySongs:
Pritam
Score:
Ranjit Barot
Production
company
Distributed byBalaji Motion Pictures
Eros International
Release date
  • 12 October 2007 (2007-10-12) (India)
Running time
154 minutes
CountryIndia
LanguageHindi
Budget25–32 crores
Box officeest. 82.8 crores (worldwide)

Made on a budget of 25–32 crores, Bhool Bhulaiyaa earned 82.8 crores worldwide, thus becoming the 6th eighth-highest grossing Hindi film of 2007.[2] It received positive reviews from critics upon release, with praise for its direction, screenplay, humor and soundtrack, with particular praise directed towards Balan's performance. At the 53rd Filmfare Awards, Bhool Bhulaiyaa received 1 nomination – Best Actress (Balan).

Over the years, the film has attained a cult status and significant fan following across generations owing to Kumar's portrayal of a psychiatrist, Rawal and Yadav's comic timing, Balan's dual portrayal of Avni and Manjulika, and the soundtrack composed by Pritam.

A standalone sequel named Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 starring Tabu, Kartik Aaryan, Kiara Advani and Rajpal Yadav was released in 2022, with Yadav reprising his role.

PlotEdit

Badrinarayan "Badri" Chaturvedi heads former royal family of Varanasi whose ancestral palace is believed to be haunted by the ghost of Manjulika, a classical dancer from Bengal. Siddharth, son of Badri's elder brother, and his archeologist wife Avni, return to the palace from the United States. Siddharth's childhood love interest and Badri's adopted daughter Radha is heartbroken by this marriage.

Avni develops an interest in the legend of Manjulika. The Chaturvedis' ancestor, Raja Vibhuti Narayan, was infatuated with Manjulika, a dancer in his court. Manjulika loved Shashidhar, another dancer of the court. On the night of Durgashtami, the king, who had learned of their affair, publicly beheads Shashidhar and imprisons Manjulika. Manjulika hangs herself and swears vengeance. Raja Vibhuti Narayan mysteriously dies and rumours of the palace being haunted spread. Priests lock up Manjulika's and Shashidhar's spirits on the third floor room of the palace. Avni opens that room and unnatural events once again start taking place. People suspect Manjulika's spirit has been released.

Siddharth, who does not believe in superstitions, suspects Radha has become mentally unstable after her heartbreak and is behind the strange occurrences. He brings his psychiatrist friend, doctor Aditya Shrivastava, to treat Radha. Aditya's unconventional nature leads the household to think of him as a fool. One night, he hears a ghungroo and a voice singing a Bengali song from the third floor room and later speaks with Manjulika from behind the door. The voice vows revenge on the next Durgashtami.

During the engagement of Siddharth's cousin to poet Sharad Pradhan, it is revealed that Avni has dissociative identity disorder and associates herself with Manjulika. Aditya had begun suspecting her after she showed a little too much enthusiasm in Manjulika's room, and visited Avni's hometown to gather information about her. She associates Siddharth with King Vibhuti Narayan and Sharad with Shashidhar, for he resides in the same house Shashidhar used to live in. Siddharth believes Aditya after personally witnessing Avni transition to Manjulika. Aditya explains that DID is a lifelong condition, but Avni might be cured if they satisfy Manjulika's purpose for existing: killing Raja Vibhuti Narayan.

On Durgashtami, everyone sees Avni assume Manjulika's identity, dressed as her and dancing to Manjulika and Shashidhar's song. Avni tries to kill Siddharth, seeing him as Vibhuti Narayan. Aditya makes Manjulika promise to leave if she gets the opportunity to kill the king. He lays out an intricate plan to trick Manjulika into thinking she is killing the Raja (Siddharth) when she is actually slaying a dummy. After the orchestrated murder, Avni gets cured, thinking Manjulika has taken her revenge, and the ghost is proven to be fake.

The family members, now pleased with Aditya, thank him for his help. Aditya tells Radha that he will send his parents over with a proposal if she is interested in marrying him, and she smiles.

CastEdit

ProductionEdit

CastingEdit

Originally,Jyothika 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.

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.[3] 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.[4]

The title song "Bhool Bhulaiyaa" is lifted from Korean band JtL's song "My Lecon".[5] Songs "Allah Hafiz", "Labon Ko" and "Ami Je Tomar/Mere Dholna" also became chartbusters of the year.

All lyrics are written by Sameer and Sayeed Quadri.

Track Listing
No.TitleLyricsSingersLength
1."Bhool Bhulaiyaa"SameerNeeraj Shridhar, Bob05:12
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

ReleaseEdit

The film was worldwide released on 11 October 2007. The DVD of the movie was released by Eros Home Media. The distribution rights of the movie were acquired to Disney India .The television premiere of the movie was occurred on Star Plus on 15 February 2008. The film was first made streaming available on Netflix on 15the September 2019. Later the film was removed from Netflix on 22 July 2020. On 3 March 2022 the film was made streaming available on Disney Hotsar.

Box officeEdit

Bhool Bhulaiyaa was a super-hit at the box office, netting 497 million (US$6.2 million) in India. It was the 8th highest-grossing Bollywood film of 2007.[6]

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.[7]

The film collected 84 crore (US$11 million) worldwide.[8]

AwardsEdit

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

SequelEdit

A standalone sequel starring, Tabu, Kartik Aaryan and Kiara Advani titled Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 was released on 20 May 2022.

On 27 May, the producers Bhushan Kumar & Murad Khetani announced that Bhool Bhulaiyaa 3 would star Kartik Aaryan, Akshay Kumar and Shraddha Kapoor in lead roles.[9]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "indiafm.com". Shooting in Australia. Archived from the original on 19 February 2007. Retrieved 17 February 2007.
  2. ^ "Bhool Bhulaiyaa - Movie - Box Office India".
  3. ^ "Bhool Bhulaiyaa (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) by Pritam on Apple Music". iTunes. 5 September 2007. Retrieved 27 July 2017.
  4. ^ "Music Hits 2000–2009 (Figures in Units)". Box Office India. Archived from the original on 24 June 2010.
  5. ^ "Bollywood Songs Copied". 19 August 2014.
  6. ^ "Box Office 2007". Box Office India. 4 February 2012. Archived from the original on 14 October 2013. Retrieved 11 February 2012.
  7. ^ "Top Lifetime Grossers OVERSEAS (US $)". Box Office India. Archived from the original on 4 December 2013.
  8. ^ "Top Lifetime Grossers Worldwide (IND Rs)". Box Office India. Archived from the original on 21 October 2013.
  9. ^ "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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