Vibhooti and Chiraunji must be amongst probably the most unique names to grace a bhoot-pret-bhatki-hui-aatma (ghosts, lost souls) Bollywood outing. The second you hear them, you crack a smile. And that smile stays in place for fairly a whereas on this supernatural-horror comedy that includes a couple of crack ghost-busters, until it runs out of steam.
Elder bhai Vibhooti (Saif Ali Khan) performs it for laughs. He is in it for the lolly, and the women, the extra credulous the higher. The youthful one, all severe and solemn, aka Chikoo (Arjun Kapoor), is a believer. He is satisfied there are ghosts, and other-worldly creatures, and that their job, as ‘tantriks’, is to assist folks eliminate these evil spirits. In which pursuit, he goes about clutching an outdated e book, and muttering mantras, whereas the ‘bada bhai’ hoots and claps, and rolls his eyes.
It’s when a questing lass (Yami Gautam) whistles them as much as her Dharamshala tea property, the place she lives along with her sister (Jacqueline Fernandes) that the sport modifications. A really scary spirit, known as a ‘kichkandi’ (good, creepy identify), is about. The brothers must banish the mentioned ‘aatma’ so as to get her petrified workforce to breathe simple.
From right here on, it’s open season. Little ladies who mysteriously seem and disappear, a canine with an historical bone which is deposited underneath a mattress, a ‘havan’ to banish dangerous spirits, a plot to wrap wool round eyes. A cop (Jaaved Jafferi) who’s scorching on the heels of the 2 brothers reveals up, simply to stir issues up. Monsters come crawling out of the partitions, and all is set for the ultimate showdown.
In between are some good little jibes in regards to the stuff that’s occurring round us, which is the actual horror present. Vibhooti calls for GST on a ‘bhoot bhagao’ transaction, snarkily brings up the ‘beti bachao beti padhao’ slogan, and cosies as much as a handsome supplicant who calls him ‘Guruji’, and pleads with him to return along with her and ‘make America great again’. One random fellow says, ‘I’m the baba who bought his Maruti’. Yes, no monks, and no Ferraris right here. ‘Do hazaar ke note mat dena, pata nahin kab band ho jaayen’, says one other. And this, my favorite, from Vibhooti Baba: ‘I see dead people.’ Haha.
Jab tak andhvishwas rahega, hamara dhanda chalega, chortles Vibhooti. He’s very clear that every one this chat about bhoots is all garbage, however the movie doesn’t fairly appear to make up its thoughts on which facet it weighs in. On the one hand, you’ve gotten characters dissing ghosts, on the opposite you may all these creatures floating round, scaring folks: spirits ‘possess’ a couple of characters, and the computer graphics folks have enjoyable with having us see Gautam crawling on a ceiling (outdated schtick, can we please junk this one?) and spitting out black juice. Is it for actual, or all smoke and mirrors?
But whereas it stays within the let’s-make-fun-of-ghosts zone, it actually is humorous. Especially when Saif is on track, which is very often: he is having a blast, and makes sure we do, too. Arjun Kapoor suits the half too, as do the ladies. What’s actually a saving grace is that nothing will get too darkish. And nobody takes themselves severely in any respect, even in case you really feel like ruffling Ms Fernandez’s good blowout: there’s a ghost in entrance of her! But it does get too lengthy. At one level a character says, ‘enough of this horror show’. True, true.
These guys might be again, we are instructed: I don’t want a crystal ball to let you know that there might be a sequel. Get set for extra enjoyable and video games.
Bhoot Police movie cast: Saif Ali Khan, Arjun Kapoor, Jacqueline Fernandez, Yami Gautam, Jaaved Jafferi
Bhoot Police movie director: Pawan Kripalani
Bhoot Police movie score: 2.5 stars