Mumbai, Apr 11 (): Sequel to 2008 film “Bhoothnath”, Bhoothnath Returns is directed by Nitesh Tiwari. The movie is absolutely entertaining as well as manages to give a nuanced social message. The message given to the people is to go out and vote – an appropriate message given at a better timing as the country is in the heat of elections.
The story is about a friendly ghost who helps a courageous street boy ‘Akhrot’ and in turn recovers his self-confidence. The ghost takes on a corrupt politician and brings out changes in the society by contesting the elections. Totally, the movie is a delightful mixture of humour and imagination which entertains the audience. The villain role is played by Boman Irani.
In his review in Bollywood Hungama, film critic Taran Adarsh says, “While the first half is breezy, with several pleasurable moments and witty one-liners laced into the proceedings, the film does a U-turn in the post-interval portions. The goings-on, all of a sudden, turn serious, while the humour goes missing. On the whole, BHOOTHNATH RETURNS is made with noble intentions and the message it conveys resonates in the second hour”.
Critic Rohit Khilnani in India Today says, “The biggest problem with Bhoothnath is its long length of 155 minutes which could have been easily chopped by 30 minutes or so”.
Critic Shubhra Gupta in site Indian Express says, “Bhoothnath Returns was neither funny nor serious enough: neither fully ghostly nor ghastly, but somewhere in between”.
When coming to the response of the film on the opening day, Bhootnath Returns has a warm opening at the box office. The movie is released on 1300 + screens. The movie requires a good lift up in the evening shows to come up with a decent first day collections. The prequel faces stiff competition from last week”s release ”Main Tera Hero” mainly in single screens and ”Disco Singh” that has taken a bumper start at box office in north especially in Punjab.