BR Films production Bhoothnath Returns is directed by Nitesh Tiwari. It is co-produced by Bhushan Kumar and Ravi Chopra. The story is written by Nitesh Tiwari and Piyush Gupta. Music composed by Palash Muchhal, Vishal Shekhar and Salim-Sulaiman.
Bhoothnath Returns is about a friendly ghost who helps a fearless street kid 'Akhrot' and in turn regains his self confidence. This is a political satire where the ghost takes on a corrupt politician and changes the society by contesting the elections. Boman Irani plays the antagonist. It is a delightful concoction of fantasy and humour which entertains the audience.
The film challenges the mediocrity in the first half but doesn't sustain till the end. Though the film starts as a fun ride with both Big B and the child actor after a point it becomes a preachy lecture on social issues. Bhoothnath Returns has it's own share of rib-tickling and moist-eyed moments as well.
The little kid in the new block Parth Bhalerao is truly amazing. With his mumbaiya slang and energy he has done a wonderful work. When he tells Big B that he overreacts, he just takes the film to a whole new level. Parth Bhalerao carries the first half of the film matching the energy, style and swagger equivalent to Amitabh.
Big B as a funny ghost and later as a politician justifies his performance, although he has allowed the kid to over power his character as the script demands. Boman Irani as a mean, cunning politician is an actor who is with the tagline 'talents-unlimited'.
Music is ok but doesn't lasts long, excepting the song ‘Party tho banthi hai' which is a decent listen and has a good intro by saying "Dialogue hit tho picture hit, Magar gaana hit tho picture super hit'. Yo Yo Honey Singh for the first time in collaboration with the superstar of Bollywood has done a decent job as well.
The art and graphics of the ghost-world design is innovative. If not for some simplistic, non-melodramatic moments in the second half, the film would have been better. Big B has used the film as a medium to educate people about their voting rights.
'Some things in life are best left unsaid' will suit Nitesh Tiwari better as the film tries to explain everything in detail which is quite annoying.
Overall, Bhoothnath Returns is entertaining enough for the kids and worth watching once.