BHOOTNATH is an earnest, entertaining, Bollywood movie about the relationship between a mischevious kid called Banky (Aman Siddiqui) and an irritable old ghost (Hindi: "bhoot") called Kailesh Nath (Amitabh Bachchan). Angry at his son's emmigration, the ghost of Kailesh Nath haunts his old house, successfully scaring off new tenants BEETLEJUICE-style. But Bhootnath meets his match in Banku, who isn't scared but charmed to have a cool "angel" who can do magic and sort out the school bullies! Of course, mum and dad (Juhi Chawla and Shah Rukh Khan in a cameo role) soon realise that something's up, and in a syrupy preachy denouement force a reconciliation between Nath and his son. Still, for all that, BHOOTNATH remains a very watchable movie, ideal for family audiences. I normally have a very low tolerance for cute Hollywood/Bollywood kids but Aman Siddiqui is charming and suprisingly natural as Banku. Amitabh Bachchan looks like he's really having fun as the ghost, the special effects are great and the songs are staged well!
BHOOTNATH was released in April 2008.
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