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Bhoothnath Returns Hindi Movie Reviews
Ratings:3/5 Review By: Rajeev Masand Site:Ibnlive (CNN IBN)
The film's good bits, however, often feel squashed under the weight of its melodrama and its bloated running time of 2 hours and 35 minutes. There is some lofty sermonizing by at least two different characters, and an over-manipulative song-montage of abject poverty that attempts to squeeze a lump out of your throat. Despite the uneven writing, the film works because it has heart. I'm going with three out of five.Visit Site for more
Ratings:3.5/5 Review By: Taran Adarsh Site:Bollywood Hungama
While the first half is breezy, with several pleasurable moments and witty one-liners laced into the proceedings, the film does a U-turn in the post-interval portions. The goings-on, all of a sudden, turn serious, while the humor goes missing. On the whole, BHOOTHNATH RETURNS is made with noble intentions and the message it conveys resonates in the second hour, although those looking for entertainment may find it lacking in the second half. Watch it for some wonderful moments and superior performances by Bachchan Sr., Boman Irani and the child artist Parth Bhalerao.Visit Site for more
Ratings:-- Review By: Komal Nahata Site:Zee ETC Bollywood Business
On the whole, Bhoothnath Returns is an entertaining film although it is slow and boring in parts. It has the potential to score on the strength of positive word of mouth. Its collections deserve to pick up but it is a fact that it has taken a very dull start because of absence of the youth factor in it and that is a major minus point as the first weekend is of paramount importance.Visit Site for more
Ratings:3/5 Review By: Anupama Chopra Site:Star World (Hindustan Times)
Bhootnath Returns is unnecessarily bloated. It has far too much sermonizing. The narrative is simplistic and naïve. And yet, I recommend that you see the film - because it’s heart-felt, genuinely moving and for the first half at least, slyly funny. If you are willing to be a forgiving viewer, check out Bhoothnath Returns. It offers smiles and a smidgen of hope. I’m going with three stars.Visit Site for more
Ratings:2.5/5 Review By: Madureeta Mukherjee Site: Times Of India (TOI)
Tiwari's sequel sets off with a lot of promise, entertainment, laughs and endearing camaraderie between a bhooth and a boy. The first-half has wittily written scenes - strung with satire and emotion, but the story slowly turns into a tedious vocational course on voting. The preaching distracts from some superb performances and inadvertently loses humour, but the story does have its heart in the right place.Visit Site for more
Ratings:2/5 Review By: Raja Sen Site: RediffVisit Site for more
Bhoothnath Returns, directed by Nitesh Tiwari -- a follow-up to the 2008 hit about how many faces Amitabh Bachchan could pull -- is about a ghost so fed-up with our corruption and our politicians that he decides to stand for the elections. It’s a cute concept, and our children’s films could certainly use more panache, but while in the hands of a Rajkumar Hirani this idea would have been gold, and made with brevity this could have been another OMG Oh My God, what we’re given turns out to be merely, wastefully exhausting.
Ratings:2.5/5 Review By: Sukanya Verma Site: Rediff
Adapting a socially relevant context and well-meaning theme is commendable but confusing, when coming from a brand associated with a children's fantasy. But Tiwari's script and filmmaking lacks the insight, sarcasm or resolution to make an incisive commentary on the business of politics. Whatever connect the towering Bachchan makes with his viewer is rudely disrupted to accommodate mediocre songs or misplaced sentimentalism in a prolonged slide show of poignant portraits making Bhoothnath's return quite a drag in the end.
Ratings:2.5/5 Review By: Shubhra Gupta Site: Indian Express
The impact of the film is diluted by a central confusion in tone: is this a film for kids fronting a bumbling ‘bhoot’ and loveable slumboy, or a tried-and-tested all-too-familiar Bollywood take on let’s-vote-the-bad-guys-out, and make Indian democracy a great place? I laughed out loud in a few bits, didn’t mind some of it, and blanked out in the rest. Finally it was neither funny nor serious enough: neither fully ghostly nor ghastly, but somewhere in between.
Ratings:2.5/5 Review By: Saibal Chaterjee Site: NDTV
The film’s good intentions and the generally competent and controlled execution are marred by a screenplay riddled with inconsistencies. For one, Bhoothnath Returns, directed and co-written by Nitesh Tiwari, is overlong and overstretched. It labours its point about the plight of the poor and the voiceless with the kind of unconcealed zeal that not only robs it of any possibility of achieving subtlety, but also smacks of the hollowness of an election time speech.
Ratings:3.5/5 Review By: Rohit Khilnani Site: India TodayVisit Site for more
The biggest problem with Bhoothnath is its long length of 155 minutes which could have been easily chopped by 30 minutes or so. Not all songs are entertaining but among the ones that you'll enjoy is Party to banti hai. The film also has some interesting message for people to go out and vote and what better timing as it's in the heat of elections in India.There is no doubt that Bhoothnath will entertain cine-goers.. It's entertainment .. Bachchan style!
Ratings:-- Review By: Sneha May Francis Site: Emirates24by7
While the theme is well-timed, and coincides with the Indian elections, the lack of a tighter edit and logic reduces it to a ghastly mess. At 160-minutes of screen time, it stops being a fun, endearing story and turns into a classroom lecture on voting rights. There's even a musical lesson on poverty, crime against women, communalism, and much else. Part of the problem lies in his inability to filter out the unnecessary. So, what could have been a good movie, turned into something hugely disappointing.Visit Site for more
Ratings:2.5/5 Review By: Daily Bhaskar Site: Dainik Bhaskar
Bhoothnath Returns is a film which is full of loopholes, yet the brilliant performance by Amitabh Bachchan, Boman Irani and child artist Parth Bhalerao makes it a watchable film. Basic idea of Bhoothnath seems to have lost somewhere in the second part. Expect for the first 45 minutes, Bhoothnath Returns is a serious film which has a very serious political theme.
Ratings:3/5 Review By: Mohar Basu Site: Koimoi
If intentions defined good films, Bhoothnath Returns will score full marks. The film’s tempo escalates the interest of the audiences, but scrambles frame by frame in the second half, diluting the impact of its climax. Though quite a watchable film, the lamentable bit is that it had massive potential to be smashing but fails due to the overbearing melodrama. As Big B says in a scene to a fellow ghost about bhoot world, “zyada expect mat kijiyega” fits valid for us.Visit Site for more
Ratings:3/5 Review By: Manjusha Radhakrishnan Site: Gulfnews
The first half is filled with light moments that underline their growing bond and camaraderie. But the film, which is touted as a children’s film, takes on a serious tone in the second half. While the first half is refreshingly devoid of needless drama, director Tiwari makes up for all that lost time. The climax is loaded with melodrama and tears. But the credit has to go to Akhrot and Bhoothnath for making the twists palatable. Watch this for Bhalerao and Bachchan (in that order).Visit Site for more
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