IANS Review: ‘Bhoot Police’: Saif, Arjun enthrall with good comedian timing (IANS Rating: ***1/2)
By Troy RibeiroMovie: Bhoot Police (Streaming on Disney+ Hotstar); Duration: 129 minutes; Director: Pawan Kripalani; Cast: Saif Ali Khan, Arjun Kapoor, Jacqueline Fernandez, Yami Gautam and Javed Jaffery.
Director Pawan Kripalani’s ‘Bhoot Police’ is a strait-laced horror comedy that hinges on farce. It is a movie that each Indian can relate to. It is an journey story of a group of two pretend exorcists, out to earn a residing, and a policeman chasing them. Even because the narrative concentrates on the conmen, this movie isn’t a cat-and-mouse chase between the police and the ‘corrupt’ males.
Corrupt, they aren’t. Saif Ali Khan, taking part in Vibhooti Vaidya, believes there aren’t any “ghosts” and evil spirits, however so long as folks think about these superstitions, the duo can survive. Vibhooti is accompanied by his youthful brother Chiraunji, essayed by Arjun Kapoor, who has his reservations about spirits and the after-world, and in addition has a conscience.
The duo, travelling in a transformed bus basking of their father Ullat Baba’s glory, traverse the countryside, fixing folks’s issues, principally partaking con-jobs. Incidentally, their father was an actual exorcist.
It is at ‘The Spirit Carnival 2021’ that Chiraunji unintentionally finds his father’s diary and on the identical time probabilities upon Maya (Yami Gautam), who has travelled all the way in which from Dharamsala, to hunt Ullat Baba’s assist. At the identical time, Inspector Chedilal (Javed Jaffery) spots Vibhooti and understanding that he’s a fraudster, chases him.
The brothers escape from the carnival with Maya in tow. They determine to assist Maya and her sister Kanika (Jacqueline Fernandes) eliminate a “kichkandi” (an evil spirit) that’s haunting their tea property. Here they clear up the difficulty by inadvertently serving to a mom reunite along with her daughter and thus guaranteeing each attain salvation.
The movie designed as a farce begins with a promise and because the plot progresses, the cleverly constructed sequence of occasions peppered with layers of humour seems to impress, however in reality, its spills over with absurdity. Logic isn’t a precedence right here and the racy, punchy dialogues are a cross between rural and concrete lingo. And the hurried flip of occasions in the course of the climax will get a bit convoluted and tedious to digest.
Saif and Arjun, as common, are good with their comedian timing, which by now’s routine fare. Yami Gautam is watchable, Jacqueline in a badly written character is dismissible. Jamie Lever, in a small function as a tea-garden employee, and Javed Jaffery, because the policeman, are each wasted in uninteresting expositions.
The movie boasts of wonderful manufacturing values. The expansive panorama and units depicting Rajasthan seem pure and vibrant with brilliant colors. Cinematographer Jaya Krishna Gummadi’s lens captures the visuals with aplomb, however over the last half-hour of the movie, the scenes shot at nighttime appear a waste of display time.
You virtually can’t see something, however the saving grace is the sound that retains the narrative rolling, which is seamlessly layered by Pooja Ladha Surti’s razor-sharp modifying. The thunderous background music by Sachin Jigar appears like a symphony in an old-school Hindi movie. Overall, the movie will maintain you entertained.
(Troy Ribeiro may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org)
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