Movie Review: Bhoot Returns (2012)
Ramgopal Varma, the maverick, is synonymous with ‘dark films’ [a terminology we often use in the industry]. Gangsters, underworld, crime, horror, supernatural… RGV has attempted it all. With BHOOT RETURNS, RGV revisits the horror genre yet again.
A quick clarification, before we proceed further. Is BHOOT RETURNS a sequel to RGV’s BHOOT? BHOOT RETURNS doesn’t continue from the first film. Also, the characters find themselves in altogether diverse circumstances. The sole similarity is that the house is haunted. In fact, the plot of BHOOT RETURNS bears a striking resemblance to the RGV-backed VAASTU SHASTRA [2004; Sushmita Sen, Chakravarthy], which was directed by Sourabh Usha Narang.
RAAT had its share of spine-chilling moments. BHOOT had moments that gave you goose bumps. PHOONK had its share of thrills and chills. With BHOOT RETURNS, RGV attempts to make the viewer break into a cold sweat, with 3D enhancing the shock element. More recently, Vikram Bhatt’s RAAZ 3 hit the right notes and if BHOOT RETURNS delivers, the trend of horror films in 3D would only get an impetus. Does RGV get it right? Unfortunately, he doesn’t!
Much against the relatable apartment in Bhoot, this one revolves around a duplex bungalow. Tarun (JD Chakravorthy) manages to clinch a deal of a house at a throw away price. While his wife (Manisha Koirala) is very wary and want to know the reason as to why the seller sold it for such cheap price, Tarun doesn’t give it another thought and moves into his new bungalow along with wife, daughter (Alayana Sharma) and a son. As soon as they start settling down Tarun’s sister (Madhu Shalini) also joins the, and starts living with them.
|Good Reviews | Average Reviews | Bad Reviews|
|2.0||“Watch Bhoot Returns if you are a fan of horror flicks, the 3D experience will do justice to your money.”
|2.0||“For those with a penchant for 3D films, RGV’s exploited the technology impressively in parts. “
– Times Of India
|2.0||“Those who enjoyed the scary Bhoot are sure to shake their heads in disappointment at this one…”
|2.0||“It is all of a snappy 88 minutes. “
– Indian Express
|1.5||“BHOOT RETURNS is amongst RGV’s weakest films!”
– Bollywood Hungama
|1.5||“Bhoot Returns is lacking in new ideas.”
– DNA India
|1.0||“Bhoot Returns turns out to be nothing but a mockery of the horror genre. Best avoided. “
|1.0||“It’s a decent enough comedy.”
– Daily BHaskar
|0.5||“Only if you want to watch a terrible rehash of a dozen done-to-death Bollywood horror movies.”
|0.0||“BHOOT RETURNS is as lame and insipid.”