‘Bhoot Police’ movie review: Two ghost hunters address the family audience

Taking ahead the Stree form of storytelling, Bhoot Police comes throughout as a stress buster throughout the pandemic

In occasions when the OTT platforms are serving a whole lot of trash within the title of being reasonable and visceral, right here comes a horror-comedy that actually tells us to push logic right into a nook and take a journey that’s largely amusing, mildly horrifying.

Mounted like a modern-day fable, the story of two ghost hunters, addresses the household viewers, a rarity nowadays. Taking ahead the Stree form of storytelling, it comes throughout as a stress buster throughout the pandemic.

Often such fare expects the viewers to imagine within the mumbo jumbo however director Pawan Kripalani, who has established himself as a form of spook specialist, groups up with writers Devashish Makhija and Sumit Bakheja to create a universe the place one of many two lead protagonists prides in promoting superstition to the believers. It supplies a possibility to persistently mock on the style whilst they inform the story of a spirit on the prowl.

Ghost hunters Vibhuti (Saif Ali Khan) and Chiraunji (Arjun Kapoor) have been roped in by Maya (Yami Gautam), a tea property proprietor, to finish the unfinished enterprise of their father. Vibhuti sees it as yet one more alternative to fleece an harmless consumer, whereas his youthful brother feels it’s time they showcase the ability they’ve inherited from their father. Their names are conventional however their vocabulary could be very updated. In the meantime, Maya’s sister (Jacqueline Fernandez) has her personal plans and motives to sort out the scenario.

It spirals right into a collection of satirical and subversive conditions, making social and political feedback between the strains. Be it the tackle lady training or a refined reference to the Nationwide Register of Residents, or for that matter, a jibe at nepotism, the writers maintain it witty for essentially the most half and use the horror trope to remind us of the social fears that we face.

Be it the honest of occultists or the ghost’s motion within the woods, Mr. Kripalani’s strands of comedy and horror feed one another. The imaginative use of music Kyun Ho Gaya Na quantity “Aao Naa” by a villager to assist her husband in taking a dump on a dreadful night time is among the highlights.

The casting is spot on. Saif Ali Khan is within the Go Goa Gone mode and effortlessly doles out one punch after the opposite. It’s his pitch-perfect efficiency that makes the writing livelier. Arjun Kapoor suits the a part of the brooding brother seeking to discover his mojo. So does Jacqueline because the glamorous social media influencer who needs to shift to London. Jaaved Jaaferi and Jamie Lever’s comedian timing add to the mirthful ambiance.

The storyline will get predictable in the direction of the tip, however earlier than it drags, Bhoot Police packs their baggage, maybe for a second outing.

(Bhoot Police is streaming on Disney+ Hotstar)

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