Bhoot Part One The Haunted Ship movie review: Fear meets unintentional comedy in this Vicky Kaushal film

Bhoot Part One The Haunted Ship movie review: Vicky Kaushal does his job effectively but is let down by a hackneyed script and a predictable plot

09 Oct 2020 |  74

Bhoot Part One The Haunted Ship Cast: Vicky Kaushal, Ashutosh Rana, Bhumi Pednekar Director: Bhanu Pratap Singh For Bollywood, the recipe to make a horror film is simple — horrifying make-up with blood streaks blended in, loud background score and a few well-timed jump scares. Debutant writer-director Bhanu Pratap Singh’s Bhoot Part One: The Haunted Ship, starring Vicky Kaushal, refuses to tinker with the formula. The best you can say about Bhoot is that it is not outrageously funny as some of Ram Gopal Varma’s big screen outings, but does unintentionally crack you up at many places. As the name suggests, of course, there’s a ghost; a creepy raggedy doll – well, because Anabelle - with buttons in place of its eyes; and an old professor who does brave experiments to deal with supernatural powers and then chants mantras to shoo away the ghosts. And then there’s our hero, Vicky Kaushal, showing full-on josh while trying to solve the mystery of a haunted ship. Inspired by a true story, the film starts with Sea Bird, a huge ship docking itself at Mumbai’s Juhu beach with no one on board. While the shipping officers joke, ‘yeh jarur padosi desh ki saajish hai’, things turn fishy when a couple who mindlessly tries to play hide and seek on the deserted ship disappears. Meanwhile, a grief-stricken officer, Prithvi (Vicky), who is dealing with a personal loss, finds a purpose in life in finding the truth of Sea Bird. Will he be able to uncover the mysteries? Will he come out alive? That’s the basic premise of the film. I would say Bhoot is anything but scary. Apart from the scenes where a possessed young girl creepily crawls on the walls of the ship or the actual ghost screaming its lungs out, there’s barely anything to keep you on the edge. Even the jump scares of Bhoot are predictable! Watch Bhoot Part One: The Haunted Ship’s trailer here: It certainly can’t be called a wow experience for the bravehearts who’ve sat through some exceptionally effective horror films like The Conjuring or Lights Out. I even heard someone in the audience say that Bhoot is more like an episode from horror show Aahat. Bhoot starts off intelligently, but soon loses its way and turns out to be predictable fare. For instance, the use of done-to-death horror tricks like cracking of mirror and, apparitions on mirrors don’t really bring much to the table. A slow-paced first half gets a bit tedious; the film reaches a crescendo only later in the second half and it feels like too little too late. Making it worse, even the big reveal is quite underwhelming, a bit rushed and fails to answer all questions.

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