Movie Name: Bhoot Police
Directed by: Pavan Kirpalani
Starring: Saif Ali Khan, Arjun Kapoor, Jacqueline Fernandez, Yami Gautam, Javed Jaffrey
Genre: Drama, Horror, Comedy
Release Date: 17 September, 2021
Running Time: 129 minutes
Original Network: Disney+ Hotstar
Two brothers whose job is to hunt and eradicate ghosts for money is assigned a project in a remote village
Bhoot Police is an upcoming Indian Hindi-language horror comedy film directed by Pavan Kirpalani and produced by Ramesh Taurani and Akshai Puri. The film stars Saif Ali Khan, Arjun Kapoor, Jacqueline Fernandez, Yami Gautam and Javed Jaffrey in the lead roles. The film is scheduled for release on 17 September 2021 on Disney+ Hotstar.
The principal photography commenced on 4 November 2020 in Dharmashala.
Actors Saif Ali Khan and Arjun Kapoor are all set to spook fans as they will share screen space in ‘Bhoot Police’, a horror-comedy. The film also stars Fatima Sana Shaikh and Ali Fazal. This is for the first time the two stars have collaborated for a project. Arjun has previously worked with Saif’s actress wife Kareena Kapoor Khan in the 2016 hit ‘Ki & Ka’.
Trade analyst Taran Adarsh announced that film will be directed by Pavan Kirpalani, who helmed `Ragini MMS’. The film will be co-produced by Ramesh Taurani and Akshai Puri. ‘Bhoot Police’ goes on floors at the end of 2020.
Meanwhile, apart from ‘Bhoot Police’, Arjun, who was last seen in ‘Panipat’, a cross-border romance film with Rakul Preet Singh in the pipeline. ‘Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar’, his movie with Parineeti Chopra, is also due for a release. It was delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Saif, on the other hand, was last seen in a cameo in late star Sushant Singh Rajput’s ‘Dil Bechara’. He has ‘Bunty Aur Babli 2’ in his kitty.
Bhoot Police Movie Trailer:
Director Pawan Kripalani’s ‘Bhoot Police’ is a strait-laced horror comedy that hinges on farce. It is a film that every Indian can relate to. It is an adventure story of a team of two fake exorcists, out to earn a living, and a policeman chasing them. Even as the narrative concentrates on the conmen, this film is not a cat-and-mouse chase between the police and the ‘corrupt’ men.
Corrupt, they are not. Saif Ali Khan, playing Vibhooti Vaidya, believes there are no “ghosts” and evil spirits, but as long as people have faith in these superstitions, the duo can survive. Vibhooti is accompanied by his younger brother Chiraunji, essayed by Arjun Kapoor, who has his reservations about spirits and the after-world, and also has a conscience.
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The duo, travelling in a converted bus basking in their father Ullat Baba’s glory, traverse the countryside, solving people’s problems, mostly engaging con-jobs. Incidentally, their father was a real exorcist.
It is at ‘The Spirit Carnival 2021’ that Chiraunji accidentally finds his father’s diary and at the same time chances upon Maya (Yami Gautam), who has travelled all the way from Dharamsala, to seek Ullat Baba’s help. At the same time, Inspector Chedilal (Javed Jaffery) spots Vibhooti and knowing that he is a fraudster, chases him.
The brothers escape from the carnival with Maya in tow. They decide to help Maya and her sister Kanika (Jacqueline Fernandes) get rid of a “kichkandi” (an evil spirit) that’s haunting their tea estate. Here they solve the issue by inadvertently helping a mother reunite with her daughter and thus ensuring both attain salvation.
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The film designed as a farce begins with a promise and as the plot progresses, the cleverly constructed sequence of events peppered with layers of humour appears to impress, but in actuality, it spills over with absurdity. Logic is not a priority here and the racy, punchy dialogues are a cross between rural and urban lingo. And the hurried turn of events during the climax gets a bit convoluted and tedious to digest.
Saif and Arjun, as usual, are good with their comic timing, which by now is routine fare. Yami Gautam is watchable, Jacqueline in a badly written character is dismissible. Jamie Lever, in a small role as a tea-garden worker, and Javed Jaffery, as the policeman, are both wasted in dull expositions.
The film boasts of excellent production values. The expansive landscape and sets depicting Rajasthan appear natural and vibrant with bright colors. Cinematographer Jaya Krishna Gummadi’s lens captures the visuals with aplomb, but during the last half-hour of the film, the scenes shot in the dark seem a waste of screen time.
You practically can’t see anything, but the saving grace is the sound that keeps the narrative rolling, which is seamlessly layered by Pooja Ladha Surti’s razor-sharp editing. The thunderous background music by Sachin Jigar sounds like a symphony in an old-school Hindi film. Overall, the film will keep you entertained.