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. 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. 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.
|Directed by||Ram Gopal Varma|
|Produced by||Nitin Manmohan|
|Written by||Ram Gopal Varma|
|30 May 2003|
|Budget||₹67.50 million (equivalent to ₹180 million or US$2.7 million in 2017)|
|Box office||₹239.61 million (equivalent to ₹630 million or US$9.6 million in 2017)|
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.
- Urmila Matondkar as Swati
- Ajay Devgn as Vishal
- Nana Patekar as Inspector Liyaqat Qureshi
- Rekha as Sarita
- Fardeen Khan as Sanjay Thakkar
- Tanuja as Mrs. Khosla
- Seema Biswas as Bai
- Victor Banerjee as Dr. Rajan
- Barkha Madan as Manjeet Khosla
- Master Akshit as Manjeet's Son
- Rajendra Sethi as Mr. Patil
- Amar Talwar as Mr. Thakkar
- Shabbir Masani as Watchman
The soundtrack 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.
|1.||"Bhoot Hoon Main"||Lalit Marathe||Salim-Sulaiman||Sunidhi Chauhan, Vijay Prakash, Salim Merchant||3:31|
|2.||"Bhoot Hai Yahan Koi"||Jaideep Sahni||Amar Mohile||Asha Bhosle||4:57|
|3.||"Ghor Andhere"||Mahathi Prakash||Salim-Sulaiman||Sunidhi Chauhan, Vijay Prakash, Clinton Cerejo, Salim Merchant||5:08|
|4.||"Yeh Sard"||Anand Raj Anand||Instrumental||5:22|
|5.||"Bhoot Hai Yahan Koi"||Jaideep Sahni||Amar Mohile||Gayatri Iyer||4:10|
|6.||"Dead But Not Asleep"||Amar Mohile||Asha Bhosle||2:25|
|7.||"Bhoot Hoon Main - Remix"||Lalit Marathe||Salim-Sulaiman||Sunidhi Chauhan, Vijay Prakash, Salim Merchant||3:36|
|8.||"Din Hai Na Ye Raat"||Sandeep Nath||Bapi-Tutul||Usha Uthup, Pervez Qadir||3:35|
|9.||"Yeh Sard"||Praveen Bhardwaj||Anand Raj Anand||Gayatri Iyer, Anand Raj Anand||5:22|
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". 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.
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."
- "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."
- Bollywood Movie Award – Best Director - Ram Gopal Varma
- Bollywood Movie Award – Best Actress - Urmila Matondkar
- Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actress - Urmila Matondkar
- Screen Award for Best Actress - Urmila Matondkar
- Zee Cine Award for Best Actor – Female - Urmila Matondkar
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