Release Date: 21st February, 2020
Cast: Vicky Kaushal, Bhumi Pednekar
Director: Bhanu Pratap Singh
Producer: Karan Johar, Hiroo Yash Johar, Apoorva Mehta
Bhoot Movie Review Rating: 2/5 Stars (Two stars)
Star Cast: Vicky Kaushal, Akash Dhar, Ashutosh Rana, Bhumi Pednekar, Meher Vij
Director: Bhanu Pratap Singh
What’s Good: If you’re going in for the ‘boos’, you might end up dehydrated
What’s Bad: I didn’t get to use the pun ‘bootiful’ because there’s no such thing in the film – boo-yeah!
Loo Break: Or you might try just skipping it altogether!
Watch or Not?: Skip and observe your life for a while, that might be scarier
Prithvi (Vicky Kaushal) who works for a shipping company loses his wife (Bhumi Pednekar) and child in an unfortunate water accident. Years later, still unable to move on, he starts hallucinating them which starts affecting his professional life. He’s posted on a case of a ship that’s stranded on a beach in Mumbai.
Upon investigating the ship he tumbles into some eerie belongings of the past crew of the ship. As he accepts the fact that the ship is haunted, he starts finding out about the whereabouts of the crew members. Along with the help of his friend Riyaz (Akash Dhar) and a professor-cum-tantrik (Ashutosh Rana), Prithvi manages to reach the bottom of this situation (literally!).
Bhoot: Part One – The Haunted Ship Movie Review: Script Analysis
Bhanu Pratap Singh gets really confused in balancing the script for masses as well classes. You’ve your hallucination angle which is left unexplored, cut to Vicky Kaushal jumping chains like a Tarzan over chains which is not something you expect from the initial built-up.
The ship, which could have been the central protagonist, is never really used for the chills. Remove ship and put a house, you’ll get your usual horror flick that’s been done to death. There are chills but they come at a cost of the absence of solid thrills. Pushkar Singh’s screenplay doesn’t delve well with the sound design because the score takes you to the horror scenes making them pretty predictable. What this one needed were good sudden scares to hold your intrigue.
Bhoot: Part One – The Haunted Ship Movie Review: Star Performance
Vicky Kaushal maintains subtlety throughout amidst a chaotic mess of a story. He’s believable and more importantly holds the reigns of the narration at places, avoiding it from deviating in a wrong way. But the oh-I-am-scary script affects his presence at times when there are zero scares.
Playing Vicky’s friend, Akash Dhar adds no value despite a decent amount of screen-space. Gets a very lazily written character to act anything. It’s an opportunity missed of adding a good friendship angle to the scenario. Bhumi Pednekar plays a just-for-the-sake-of-it cameo. Ashutosh Rana gets a character who’s straight out of his 90s horror movies making no sense whatsoever.
Bhoot: Part 1 – The Haunted Ship Box Office Review: Star Cast: Vicky Kaushal, Bhumi Pednekar, Mehr Vij, Ashutosh Rana
Director: Bhanu Pratap Singh
Producer: Dharma Productions
Bhoot: Part 1 – The Haunted Ship Box Office Review: Expectations
Vicky Kaushal’s last film Uri – The Surgical Strike was a surprise Super Duper Hit at the Box Office. With a business of 244.06 crores, the film proved to be one of the top grossers of 2019. No doubt, Uri – The Surgical Strike is by far Vicky’s highest grosser and it was due to the excellent word of mouth. But another fact is that the film was also his highest opener as it collected 8.20 crores on Day 1.
Vicky made his Bollywood debut in 2012 with Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana and his first major roles were in 2015’s films Bombay Velvet & Masaan. But it was not before 2018 that his luck started working at Box Office. He did Raazi along with Alia Bhatt which was a Super-Duper Hit. In Sanju, he had a supporting role and that film also proved to be the highest grosser of 2018. His last release of 2018, Manmarziyan couldn’t create a splash though.
Now as he returns on the big screen with the first horror film of his career, Bhoot: Part 1 – The Haunted Ship, there are good expectations. Although the trailer of the film wasn’t liked enough and the music didn’t have much to offer as well, the film is expected to do respectable business at the Box Office. Also because it’s Dharma Productions’ first attempt to make a horror film. Bollywood has hardly a few times successfully made horror films and Bhoot is expected to break that bad luck.
Bhoot: Part 1 – The Haunted Ship Box Office Review: Impact
Bhanu Pratap Singh’s story is decent but the film badly suffers from a below-average second half and ordinary ending. In the first half, the film offers quite many jump scare moments. The sound design, cinematography everything works well to suck you in the environment. It’s actually gripping and you feel like you are right there feeling what the protagonist is going through. But the film falls flat post-interval and never really works to scare you.
Vicky Kaushal’s performance is just about fine and doesn’t offer anything exciting. A capable actor like Ashutosh Rana has been wasted. Bhumi Pednekar has 2-3 scenes in the film. They are good.
If we talk about the overall Impact of Bhoot: Part 1 – The Haunted Ship, it’s pretty ordinary. Those who will watch the film won’t really feel encouraged to recommend it to others.
Bhoot: Part 1 – The Haunted Ship Box Office Review: Final Verdict
The film is clashing with another major film Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan as it releases today. And since it lacks the impact, the word of mouth won’t be strong enough to pull it upwards. This Vicky Kaushal starrer will struggle at the Box Office and will wrap up its run in 35 – 45 crores range.
Karan Johar had announced this film as the first part of their horror franchise and considering the demerits, I wonder if they really have to come up with the second part.