‘Bhoot’ Movie Review
It is also among the most watchable movies the Karan Johar-led manufacturing home has made in more than a year.
Vicky Kaushal plays Prithvi, an executive in a delivery company, who is tasked for Sea Bird, a huge boat, moved from Juhu beach where it’s docked itself following drifting away from the first interface. The boat, similar to the leading man, is now haunted. The sea is an outcome of injury for bothearly , it is clarified that Prithvi dropped his wife and daughter at an freaky river-rafting accident. His first deep dip into the deserted boat shows something queasy: maybe not all is well aboard, but neither does it seem like.
Will unlocking the puzzle on the boat and receiving it sailing liberate Prithvi out of his own demons? More importantly, what exactly are these demons?
That sense is increased when the camera’s gaze changes to the boat’s insides: a grisly, frightening mess capable of imposing terror by its mere sight.
In various ways, the boat’s nucleus is emblematic of Prithvi’s ruptured psyche. Both have endured trauma they are yet to heal from.
And that is possibly the core power of Bhoot – it confuses its protagonist Prithvi – to thinking that the terror he is witnessing could really be a symptom of a psychological condition. Along with Kaushal, a talented performer, does an outstanding job in communicating his inner chaos and his outward dread with equal simplicity. He contributes to a silent vulnerability to his role, his decision to break with these ghosts of his last stronger than his fear of moving into the dungeons of the shattered boat.
It helps he’s assisted by a solid supporting cast: by Akash Dhar into Meher Vij into the ever-reliable Ashutosh Rana.
Mercifully, Singh does not trust the inexpensive trope of increased, bombastic backdrop score to supply the scares; it is used judiciously and in a manner that compounds the panic, rather than being the only element inciting it.
The expectation of terror is much scarier than the real occasion and Bhoot is exceptionally mindful of the, harnessing the lump-in-the-stomach atmosphere to its entire potential, then finishing the movie in a manner that type of ties up all loose strands, although satisfying that is remains suspicious.
The movie falters – and slows down – as it laboriously explains the backstory of their boat’s presence and its previous inhabitants. While one has the requirement of this, here it is done in a dull, unimaginative manner, as though it was almost raced to the screenplay (since it needed to be) therefore the manufacturers could proceed.
For a movie which brightens up some seriously vibrant vision and utilizes CGI in a manner which never appears tacky, the backstory feels hackneyed and above expository and can be very shoddily handled. Its third act also, while providing the spooks, moves a bit longenough to strip off the fear and the shock value by the ghost. A little crispness in this area by editor Bodhaditya Banerjee could have really worked in prolonging the sense of dread.
But entire, Bhoot provides exactly what it promises. It is a satisfying and satisfactorily frightening movie that leaves you thinking about harder questions, one which another favorite horror movie of mine, Talaash, did too: can we really recover from despair? Ships may get trapped and stuck but the permanence of loss never really stops haunting.