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Bhoot Part One : The Haunted Ship Review : Supernatural gradually becomes superhero genre by trying to force Bollywood horror theme.

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In one instance even Prithvi's friend, in fact, argues him " What are you, Batman? Superman? Spiderman? " Well, Prithvi chooses to play all of them gradually as the movie progresses. He becomes Batman by saving girls from a human trafficking incident. He becomes Man of Steel ( Superman) when he falls many times from great heights or when he is hit by a steel rod from goons. He becomes half-Spiderman when it comes to jumping from one place to another through the help of a chain. In fact, he becomes a semi-Aquaman when you see him having a very clear vision underwater.

 

Bhoot Part One: The Haunted Ship uses the same old formula of irking sounds, forceful jump scares, stuff toy haunting shit and tantra-mantra of a pandit disguised as a professor. Prithvi is a surveying officer of Indian Customs Department, he not only surveys the docks but also fights all the evils carried through the big steel containers. Prithvi lost his wife and child on a trip planned by him. Cut to Juhu Beach, suddenly a big ship called Sea-Bird suddenly stops at the beach. News reporters report it to be either haunted or a conspiracy planned by the neighbor territories. Interesting take on the TV reporters who blame almost everything as a conspiracy of neighboring states. As deep the surveying of Prithvi goes he discovers some unnatural events and sites inside the ship.

 

What really bugs you is that a nice setting being completely wasted on a regular Bollywood horror film execution. The visuals are new for a horror movie in Bollywood but they aren't horrifying, in fact, a large number of people laughed when the ghost was first shown. Secondly, this isn't only a horror film it also chooses to have a rising-superhero subtext if not purposely but the execution shows it blatantly, in one instance even Prithvi's friend, in fact, argues him " What are you, Batman? Superman? Spiderman? " Well, Prithvi chooses to play all of them gradually as the movie progresses. He becomes Batman by saving girls from a human trafficking incident. He becomes Man of Steel ( Superman) when he falls many times from great heights or when he is hit by a steel rod from goons. He becomes half-Spiderman when it comes to jumping from one place to another through the help of a chain. In fact, he becomes a semi-Aquaman when you see him having a very clear vision underwater.

 

The second half becomes repetitive, silly and highly predictable. During a scene, Vicky Kaushal suddenly hallucinates to be in the same place where he lost his family. I suddenly felt a sudden interest by seeing that scene, I felt maybe towards the end it somehow tries to become like The Shining but it didn't continue that scene even for a minute. Ashutosh Rana has the copyright for all the roles relating to a pandit or professor who knows a lot about exorcism. Towards the end when all the dots were connecting it wasn't that bad but several Bollywood factors impinge on that creativity as well.

Vicky Kaushal as Prithvi is very impressive, sad to see he is wasted on such a badly executed plot. Akash, Dhar as Riaz gave a nice performance in being the companion of Prithvi. Visual effects at places are impressive but mostly they are disappointing. And sadly it doesn't even set enough interest for its future projects. The director is so inspired by comic book movies that he even copies "a scene after the post-credits" rule from the comic-book movies.

 

Overall, Bhoot Part One could have been a really good movie if they had executed the horror in the perfect setting but sadly the director Bhanu Pratap Singh choose to go old school.

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