THT Talkies: Family fun with friendly ghost


Genre: Drama/Children

Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Aman Siddiqui, Juhi Chawla, Shahrukh Khan, Priyanshu Chatterjee, Rajpal Yadav and Satish Shah

Director: Vivek Sharma

Playing at theatres near you


The most unconditional love in this world is that of a child and there is no greater power than that. They see the world and its people in their own special way and they always see good aspects of everyone. There is innocence even in their mischief, as they never mean to harm anyone.

Banku (Aman Siddiqui) is also a sweet little mischievous child who befriends a ghost — Bhoothnath (Amitabh Bachchan) that haunts the new house where Banku has moved in with his family. It is the ghost of the owner of the house Kailash Nath. For him Bhootnath, who doesn’t let anyone stay in his house, is an angel because Banku’s mother Anjali (Juhi Chawla) tells him that there is no such thing as ghost, rather there are just angels.

While at the beginning Bhootnath tries to scare Banku to make the family leave the house, a mishap makes the ghost emotionally attached to the child. Before it used to be just Banku creating havoc in school with his pranks, and now his new friend Bhoothnath joins him. However, trouble comes to their happy world when Kailash Nath’s son tries to sell the house and the child has to help his friend attain salvation, which means that he has to let him go.

The chemistry between the child actor Aman and Bachchan is the soul of the movie. They

are in perfect tune with each other — be it those scenes where they make you laugh or those emotional scenes where your eyes go moist.

In the beginning of the second half, the movie drags a bit and one tends to miss the fun part of the first half. But the movie gets back on track as the emotional scenes take over.

Aman is wonderful; you don’t see the exceptional acting like that of Darsheel Safary, but this child holds his ground throughout the movie even with superstar like Amitabh Bachchan.

His innocence is evident even though he is acting which makes him look natural rather than pretentious.

It is pleasant to see Bachchan’s comedy after some gap and he has not lost his touch. All the other actors have done justice to their characters. However, the director has not been able to use Juhi’s talent in comedy to its potential. Rajpal Yadav is there for just couple of scenes but makes you laugh more than in Krazzy 4.

The music is not that noticeable and the director could have not used some songs, which disturbs the flow of the movie.

All in all it’s a movie that will entertain the whole family.