Bhoothnath (transl. Lord of Ghosts) is a 2008 Indian Hindi-language supernatural comedy film written and directed by Vivek Sharma, starring Amitabh Bachchan, Juhi Chawla, Aman Siddiqui, Priyanshu Chatterjee, and Rajpal Yadav and features Shah Rukh Khan in a cameo appearance. The film is an adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s 1887 short story “The Canterville Ghost”.
Bhoothnath Hindi Movie 2008 Cast, Plot, Music, & Sequel
“Bhoothnath” was released on 9 May 2008, receiving positive reviews from critics. It was well received by audiences and popular among children, becoming a success at the box office. The performances of the main cast were praised by critics and audiences alike. A sequel titled Bhoothnath Returns, written and directed by Nitesh Tiwari was released on 11 April 2014.
One windy night, a young couple sneaks into the Nath Villa, a huge bungalow in Goa, only to discover that a ghost haunts the house, causing them to flee. Aditya, an engineer working on a cruise line, moves into the villa for a year along with his wife Anjali and his son Banku. The next day he bids them a brief farewell. Some more days later, one night, Banku encounters the ghost whose name is Kailash Nath.
Little Banku, who is told by his mother that ghosts don’t exist but angels do, considers him to be one and also nicknames him Bhoothnath. Things become comical when Banku displays no fear of him despite various attempts by Bhoothnath to scare him off and drive him out of the house. Instead the latter keeps getting pranked by the kid and it becomes a playful fight between the two.
|Real Name||Role Name|
|Amitabh Bachchan||Kailash Nath a.k.a. Bhoothnath|
|Shah Rukh Khan||Aditya “Adi” Sharma|
|Juhi Chawla||Anjali Sharma|
|Aman Siddiqui||Aman “Banku” Sharma|
|Priyanshu Chatterjee||Vijay Nath|
|Satish Shah||Principal J.J. Irani|
|Shaana Diya||Shaana Nath|
|Shrey Bawa||Vibhu Nath|
|Neena Kulkarni||Nirmala Nath|
|Delnaaz Paul||Jojo’s mother|
|Ashish Chaudhary||Rohan Khurana|
|Amit Behl||Dr. Behl|
|Achyut Potdar||Temple Priest|
|Devendra||Aman “Banku” Sharma’s friend|
Actor Aman Siddiqui essayed the role of young Banku in the 2008 film Bhoothnath which had Amitabh Bachchan in the role of a ghost.
Shah Rukh Khan
Shahrukh Khan has a short but important role to play in last weekend’s release Bhoothnath Returns.
Aman Siddique, who played the role of the little Banku in Bhoothnath, is now all grown up.
The movie stars Amitabh Bachchan, child artist Aman Siddiqui, Juhi Chawla, Satish Shah, and Rajpal Yadav. Shah Rukh Khan has a guest role in the film.
Atul Srivastava has done minor roles in films like ‘Lage Raho Munna Bhai’ and ‘Bhootnath’.
All songs are composed by Vishal–Shekhar with lyrics by Javed Akhtar.
|Mere Buddy||Amitabh Bachchan, Armaan Malik|
|Hum Toh Hain Aandhi||Koushtuv Ghosh, Aparna Bhagwat, Sharavan Suresh & Sneha Suresh|
|Banku Bhaiya||Sukhwinder Singh|
|Samay Ka Pahiya||Hariharan, Sukhwinder Singh|
|Chalo Jaane Do||Amitabh Bachchan, Juhi Chawla|
|Mere Buddy (Repeat)||Amitabh Bachchan, Armaan Malik|
Theatrical Release Poster
|Based on||The Canterville Ghost
by Oscar Wilde
|Box office||₹38.8 crore (equivalent to ₹92 crore or US$12 million in 2020)|
|Budget||₹20 crore (equivalent to ₹47 crore or US$5.9 million in 2020)|
|Directed by||Vivek Sharma|
|Distributed by||Indian Films (India)
Eros International (International)
|Edited by||K. Vikas|
|Music by||Songs: Vishal–Shekhar
Background Score: Salim–Sulaiman
|Produced by||Ravi Chopra|
|Release date||9 May 2008|
|Running time||136 minutes|
|Story by||Vivek Sharma|
|Written by||Vivek Sharma
The film received generally positive responses from critics. As of June 2020, the film holds a 60% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, based on five reviews with an average rating of 6.25/10. At the box office, the film had a slow opening, though it managed to gross ₹68 million (US$850,000) during its theatrical run and was declared a semi-hit by Box Office India.
As the film finished with a “to-be-continued” ending, a sequel to Bhoothnath was expected, but there was no clear intention. Bachchan and the original production team announced a sequel, titled Bhoothnath Returns, which was co-written and directed by Nitesh Tiwari, and released on 11 April 2014. Bachchan and Khan reprised their roles, though the latter only had a cameo appearance as himself.
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