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Bhoot (English: Ghost) is a 2003 Indian supernatural horror film directed by Ram Gopal Varma and stars Ajay Devgn and Urmila Matondkar in the lead roles. It was the second horror film made by Ram Gopal Verma after Raat.[3] It was perceived to be different from a typical Hindi film as it did not contain songs. It was later dubbed in Telugu as 12 Va Anthasthu and remade in Tamil as Shock. The film was a box-office hit.[4] Urmila won several accolades and awards for her performance as a ghost possessed wife. Verma made a sequel called Bhoot Returns which was released on 12 October 2012.[5]

Bhoot
Bhoot Poster.jpg
Directed by Ram Gopal Varma
Produced by Nitin Manmohan
Written by Ram Gopal Varma
Starring Ajay Devgn
Urmila Matondkar
Fardeen Khan
Rekha
Nana Patekar
Seema Biswas
Victor Banerjee
Music by Salim-Sulaiman
Cinematography Vishal Sinha
Release date
30 May 2003 (2003-05-30)
Running time
119 minutes
Country India
Language Hindi
Budget 67.50 million (equivalent to 180 million or US$2.6 million in 2017)[1]
Box office 239.61 million (equivalent to 630 million or US$9.1 million in 2017)[2]

Contents

PlotEdit

The story is about Vishal (Ajay Devgn) who is married to Swati (Urmila Matondkar). The couple rents a high rise apartment at a ridiculously low price. The caretaker of the apartment, Mr Thakkar (Amar Talwar) explains to Vishal that a widow named Manjeet Khosla (Barkha Madan), the previous resident, committed suicide after killing her own son. Vishal hides this fact from Swati, as she will object to buying such a residence. But Mr.Thakkar accidentally slips in the secret.

Swati is livid at Vishal, although he disbelieves the notions of ghosts and bad luck. Then, Swati starts behaving strangely. Vishal consults Dr Rajan (Victor Banerjee). But soon enough, Vishal witnesses Swati killing the watchman of the apartment in a supernatural way, and his skepticism is rudely challenged. Inspector Qureshi (Nana Patekar), who reaches the apartment to investigate the death, becomes suspicious of the duo and their strange behaviour. He follows Vishal and Dr. Rajan.

Vishal's maid witnesses Swati shouting and throwing Vishal away. She helps him tie her. She tells him that Swathi was shouting like Manjeet and tells him that an exorcist can help her but not doctors. Finally, Vishal's maid calls an exorcist named Sarita (Rekha). Sarita sees the ghosts of Manjeet and her son. She advises Vishal to meet Manjeet's mother (Tanuja), since she can placate her daughter's spirit. Vishal complies and meets Manjeet's mother. He learns from Manjeet's mother that Manjeet was not the type of woman who would commit suicide. He explains the situation to her and asks her help. She comes with him and somehow placates Manjeet's spirit. They come to know that Mr.Thakkar's son, Sanjay (Fardeen Khan) tries to molest Manjeet and when she resists she accidentally falls off the balcony and dies. Hence, Sarita advises Vishal to call him. Vishal makes an unknown call to Sanjay and tells him that his father is sick. When Sanjay arrives, Vishal cleverly tells Mr. Thakkar and Sanjay to help him take Swathi to the hospital.

It is then revealed that many years ago, Sanjay came to visit his father and lusted for Manjeet, after he saw her in the apartment. He broke into her house, and attempted to profess his lust, but when she rejected him, he pushed her and she accidentally fell off the balcony and died. Manjeet's young son witnessed the murder, upon which Sanjay hired the watchman to kill him. Manjeet, who has still possessed Swati's body, sees Sanjay and chases him. Qureshi tries to stop her, having no idea of the real story. Swathi tries to kill Sanjay by strangulating him. But, Sarita asks Manjeet to leave him as the blame will come upon Swathi.

Sanjay escapes, only to find himself surrounded by Vishal, Sarita, Manjeet and Qureshi who now knows the truth. A terrified Sanjay confesses to the crimes, upon which Manjeet's mother urges her to stop. Sanjay is arrested by Inspector Qureshi, and thrown into jail. Manjeet leaves Swati's body, and Vishal and Swati live a good life in the apartment. Meanwhile, in the lockup, Qureshi tells Sanjay that death sentences are light penalties for a criminal like him. He wishes that Sanjay gets a bigger punishment. After Qureshi leaves the darkened cell, Sanjay finds himself face to face with Manjeet. He starts begging for mercy, but his voice soon fades out as Manjeet draws closer; it is implied that she kills Sanjay.

CastEdit

SoundtrackEdit

The soundtrack[6] is under the label T-Series. The music of the film was composed by Salim-Sulaiman. It consists of 7 songs, 1 remix and an instrumental. The whole soundtrack is not used in the movie, except the song "Ghor Andhere" for the ending credits.

Track listingEdit

Track listing
No.TitleLyricsMusicSinger(s)Length
1."Bhoot Hoon Main"Lalit MaratheSalim-SulaimanSunidhi Chauhan, Vijay Prakash, Salim Merchant3:31
2."Bhoot Hai Yahan Koi"Jaideep SahniAmar MohileAsha Bhosle4:57
3."Ghor Andhere"Mahathi PrakashSalim-SulaimanSunidhi Chauhan, Vijay Prakash, Clinton Cerejo, Salim Merchant5:08
4."Yeh Sard" Anand Raj AnandInstrumental5:22
5."Bhoot Hai Yahan Koi"Jaideep SahniAmar MohileGayatri Iyer4:10
6."Dead But Not Asleep" Amar MohileAsha Bhosle2:25
7."Bhoot Hoon Main - Remix"Lalit MaratheSalim-SulaimanSunidhi Chauhan, Vijay Prakash, Salim Merchant3:36
8."Din Hai Na Ye Raat"Sandeep NathBapi-TutulUsha Uthup, Pervez Qadir3:35
9."Yeh Sard"Praveen BhardwajAnand Raj AnandGayatri Iyer, Anand Raj Anand5:22

ProductionEdit

Bhoot is Director Ram Gopal Varma's second horror film after Raat (1992), starring Revathi. He said about the film, " Though technically it is a horror film, we don't see a murder or any overt horror." Further calling it a " hold-on-to-your-seats horror film".[7] He wanted to break the stereotypes of a typical Indian horror of "a woman in a white sari, mists and screeching." He expressed his intentions of bringing horror "to [audiences] homes in the middle of Mumbai." The film creates terror through sound and everyday objects.[8]

Critical receptionEdit

Taran Adarsh wrote about her performance,

"...the film clearly belongs to Urmila Matondkar all the way. To state that she is excellent would be doing gross injustice to her work. Sequences when she is possessed are simply astounding. If this performance doesn't deserve an award, no other performance should. It beats all competition hollow."[9]

Deepa Gumaste of Rediff.com mentioned that Bhoot gave her the same experience of terror as in Cape Fear (1991) and said:

"I wondered if I'd get out of the cinema hall alive. Already, the sleek title sequence, with its astonishing visual effects and stunning background score, had me trembling with trepidation."[10]

Anita Gates of The New York Times noted, "..at some point the overdone scary music becomes part of the fun."[11]

AwardsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ https://www.boxofficeindia.com/movie.php?movieid=519
  2. ^ https://www.boxofficeindia.com/movie.php?movieid=519
  3. ^ http://www.rediff.com/movies/2003/may/27ramu.htm
  4. ^ "Boxofficeindia.com". Boxofficeindia.com. 2003. Archived from the original on 21 January 2011. Retrieved 2011-12-07. 
  5. ^ "RGV uses optical illusion in 'Bhoot Returns' poster". Worldsnap News. 2012-09-04. Retrieved 2012-09-04. 
  6. ^ "Soundtracks for Bhoot (2003), IMDb". Retrieved 2012-11-03. 
  7. ^ Jha, Subhash K (27 May 2003). "'Bhoot will make audiences uneasy'". Rediff.com. Retrieved 1 December 2017. 
  8. ^ Kulkarni, Ronjita (8 April 2003). "Terror, Ramu ishtyle". Rediff.com. Retrieved 1 December 2017. 
  9. ^ Adarsh, Taran (28 May 2003). "Bhoot Review". Bollywood Hungama. 
  10. ^ Gumaste, Deepa (30 May 2003). "Numbed by fear?". Rediff.com. Retrieved 15 February 2015. 
  11. ^ Gates, Anita (30 May 2003). "FILM IN REVIEW; 'Bhoot'". The New York Times. Retrieved 15 January 2016. 

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