Bhoot (2003) Movie Review
Written By: FZ
Edited By: Grave Reviews Staff
Director: Ram Gopal Varma
Writers: Lalit Marathe, Sameer Sharma
Producers: Rohit Kumar, Nitin Manmohan, Suman Varma, R.R. Venkat Rao
Date Released: May 30, 2003
Ajay Devgn as Vishal
Urmila Matondkar as Swati
Nana Patekar as Inspector Liyaqat Qureshi
Rekha as Sarita
Fardeen Khan as Sanjay Thakkar
Victor Banerjee as Dr. Rajan
Tanuja as Mrs. Khosla
Seema Biswas as Kamla Bai
Rating = 2/5 Graves
***May contain some spoilers***
Bhoot (2003) follows a husband and wife, who are in the process of looking for an apartment in the city of Mumbai. Vishal and his wife Swati eventually finds the ideal place to live in an apartment building on the 12th floor. However, what they do not know is that the apartment has a terrible history. Allegedly, the previous owner was a young woman who killed her child and then subsequently killed herself. When they moved in the apartment, weird things has started happening. When Swati learns about these events, she becomes obsessed with learning more about what happened and why. But when Swati starts to become develop strange mental and emotional disorders, Vishal must try to help her.
Bhoot (2003) does not contain a lot of blood and gore. However, the film does offer an intense and unsettling atmosphere. There are a few scenes which involve jump scares. For example, the mystery girl’s appearance at random points in the film as well as the child’s presence in the hallway may be disturbing to some. For a story that revolves around the supernatural, the film was able to convey the presence of something exists even though we see nothing. As such, the film was effective despite the lack of special effects and makeup design.
The Grave Review
Bhoot (2003) employs a slow and tedious screenplay. The biggest weakness of Bhoot (2003) is the screenplay. The script is fairly conventional and boring as far as horror films are concerned, but it incorporate some plot twists and decent frightening sequences throughout the film. The problem is also that the film is separated into two sequences. The first sequence focuses on the husband and wife and their search for an apartment. The second sequence focuses on the antagonist supernatural entities and the effect they have on the couple. However, this kind of approach prevented the film from developing the characters in full. At times during the film, the pace was exceedingly fast where it almost felt rushed. As such, any frightful or dramatic impact the film was intended to induce was hindered by the fast pace of the scenes. Oddly, the film’s plot started out tediously slow in the beginning, so it was surprising that the film rushed through the second portion of the film.
The performance of the actors and actresses were mediocre. As stated above, the lack of character development may have also hindered on performance but there was no actor or actress which did an excellent job at conveying their character. As to the cinematography, the film quality and camera angles were commendable.
Overall, the film is entertaining with a lackluster script. The ending managed to tie the plot together and explain the mystery of the apartment, but Bhoot (2003) will leave you unfulfilled.
For the foregoing reasons, Grave Reviews gives Bhoot (2003) two graves out of five graves.
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