Bhoot Police is enjoyable in parts. It does have its much-required comic elements but the film feels dragged in others. Bhoot Police will give you the chills but the inconsistent writing drifts you away.
Horror is a genre that Bollywood has not had quite a success with so far. In the recent past, several filmmakers have experimented with the horror-comedy genre as well and only a few films have been able to hit the right spot. Amongst them, Stree, was perhaps, the most memorable outing with a sharp feminist comment on the age-old fear of audacious and desirous women. Bhoot Police comes from a director who has experimented with the horror genre in his previous films (Ragini MMS, Darr @ The Mall and Phobia). Only this time, director Pavan Kripalani has ventured into the horror-comedy space. Do ghosts exist or is it just our ‘andhvishwas’ that leads us to believe in something that is not palpable? Bhoot Police pretty much revolves around this subject and keeps the viewers entertained with cracker one-liners and frequent spooks (or at least they have tried).
Vibhooti Baba (Saif Ali Khan) and Chiraunji Baba (Arjun Kapoor) are two ghostbuster brothers. While one (Vibhooti) loves to dupe the people for their money on the pretext of ridding them of spirits, the other (Chiraunji) is not happy with this way of making a living. He tries to convince his brother to take up a ‘real case’ because they are tantriks and they have a bigger purpose. One day Maya (Yami Gautam) comes looking for Ullat Baba since there is a Kichkandi in her tea estate. 27 years ago, Vibhooti and Chiraunji’s father Ullat Baba helped them get rid of the spirit. This time when Maya comes in search of him, she meets his sons instead. Obviously, they agree to help. The ghostbuster brothers reach Silawar Tea Estate only to unravel some twists in the tale.
Saif Ali Khan has a remarkable screen presence and it is his dialogues that keep you entertained throughout. His one-liners are enough to crack you up. You will enjoy his antics but certain parts feel redundant. It is Saif’s impeccable comic timing that gives the film its much-needed edge. Arjun Kapoor as Chiraunji is more of the serious type – the innocent and righteous sibling. Arjun and Saif have the maximum screen time, but the latter manages to snatch the spotlight away each time. Arjun struggles but makes an impression. Yami is good, but of course, we have seen her play better. Yami as Maya is this determined daughter who is bent on saving her father’s legacy, the tea estate, from being lost. Jacqueline Fernandez plays Maya’s sassy influencer sister Kanika, who wants to sell everything off and move to London. The actress has a forgettable appearance.
To add to the comedy quotient, the makers introduce us to the characters of Chedilal (Jaaved Jaaferi), Google Baba (Rajpal Yadav) and Hari Kumar (Amit Mistry). However, it only meets the purpose to some extent.
Bhoot Police is enjoyable in parts. It does have its much-required comic elements but the film feels dragged in others. Bhoot Police will give you the chills but the inconsistent writing drifts you away. Had the editing been tighter and the writing more coherent, this could have been a compelling watch. In some parts, it is the age-old tricks and drills that come into play which is a tad disappointing. The USP of the film is definitely Saif Ali Khan.
Now, to the important question – should you watch this film? Bhoot Police is no Stree but if you are looking for a break from the monotony of serious and nerve-wracking films, this definitely can be on your watchlist. Of course, Saif Ali Khan is the other reason why you can switch to Disney+Hotstar’s Bhoot Police.