Cast: Saif Ali Khan, Arjun Kapoor, Yami Gautam, Jacqueline Fernandez, Rajpal Yadav, Jaaved Jaffrey, Girish Kulkarni, Jamie Lever, Amit Mistry
Director: Pavan Kripalani
Rating: 3 stars ( out of 5)
Bhoot Police’ is a strait-laced horror comedy with a touch of farce from director Pawan Kripalani. It is a film that can be related to by every Indian. This is an adventure story about a team of two fake exorcists and a policeman chasing them. Vibhooti Vaidya, played by Saif Ali Khan, prefers to believe in ghosts and evil spirits so long as people have faith in them. In the horror-comedy genre, Bhoot Police is yet another example of Bollywood’s ongoing fascination.
A young brother of Vibhooti, Arjun Kapoor’s as a Chiraunji, has reservations about the afterlife and spirits. The duo rides their father’s converted bus through the countryside, atop the glory of Ullat Baba, churning out con-jobs to solve people’s problems. Their father was a real exorcist.
Maya (Yami Gautam), who has come all the way from Dharamsala to seek Ullat Baba’s guidance, is what leads Chiraunji to accidentally discover his father’s diary at ‘The Spirit Carnival 2021’. As Vibhooti flees, Inspector Chedilal (Javed Jaffery) notices him and captures him. Maya escapes with the brothers from the carnival.
They choose to support Maya and her sister Kanika (Jacqueline Fernandes), who is being haunted by a “kichkandi” (evil spirit). In this case, they fix the issue by inadvertently reuniting a mother with her daughter and ensuring both achieve salvation.
It appears impressive at first as the cleverly constructed sequences of events are sprinkled with layers of humor, but in truth, the plot is filled with absurdity. A mix of rural and urban lingo, the dialogue in this series is racy and punchy. A turning point in the story that is hurried and difficult to follow is a bit confusing.
As usual, Saif and Arjun have good comic timing, which by now should be routine. Jacqueline’s written character is very low, while Yami Gautam proves watchable. It is wasted on dull exposition when Jamie Lever plays the tea-garden worker and Javed Jaffery plays the officer. The production value of the film is exceptional.
Rajasthan’s expansive landscape and brightly colored sets appear natural and vibrant. Although Jaya Krishna Gummadi’s lens captures the film’s visuals with aplomb, the dark scenes seem unnecessary during the last half-hour.
In spite of the lack of visuals, Pooja Ladha Surti’s razor-sharp editing keeps the story moving with seamless layers of sound. It sounds like the background music of an old Hindi film with its thunderous background music by Sachin Jigar. Generally, you will be entertained by this Bhoot Police film.