Movie Review: Gang of Ghosts (2014)

Box Office: Disaster

Gang Of Ghosts revolves around, but obviously, a gang of ghosts who stay in various old and dilapidated mills and mansions in Mumbai. Most of them are being razed make way for high-rise buildings, swanky condominiums, malls and multiplexes, leaving the ghosts homeless.

The story begins with ad director Aditya (Parambrata Chatterjee) planning to shoot a television commercial in an dilapidated mansion in Mumbai. The mansion is believed to be haunted and has been locked for many years, after an actress who was shooting at the location supposedly saw a ghost.

As he waits for his crew members to arrive, Aditya meets Raju (Sharman Joshi), a struggling writer who offers to narrate a movie plot that he claims has all the ingredients of a blockbuster.

The tale is an unusual one and revolves around the spirit of the original owner of the mansion, Rai Bahadur Gendamal (Anupam Kher), which refuses to leave the mansion.

Comedy is serious business and the storyteller ought to ensure that the audience reacts to the comic lines/punches as they unfurl on screen. Much like the original, GANG OF GHOSTS highlights the gluttony of the land-sharks to multiply their money, but, sadly, much is lost in translation. Reason being, Satish Kaushik is unable to retain the qualities that made the original film work.


Good Reviews  |  Average Reviews  |  Bad Reviews
Positive Reviews
3.0 “GANG OF GHOSTS is not spooky or scary. The ghosts here are having a blast. “
3.0 “The film does infuse a semblance of satirical spark in the spook saga. “
3.0 “Without the advantage of a credulous script, these other-worldly characters don`t stand a ghost of a chance.”
Average Reviews
2.5 “Clearly, makers like Kaushik, who had a formidable box office record in the ’90s remaking South Indian films, need to borrow modern-day technique and storytelling tactics to keep the ever-evolving viewer engaged.”
Negative Reviews
1.5 “GANG OF GHOSTS offers laughs, but only in bits and spurts. It’s disheartening to watch a wonderful concept go awry!”
1.5 “Gang Of Ghosts is definitely NOT a must-watch.”
1.5 “It deserves a quick, unceremonious burial. Moral of the story: Never rake up ghosts of the past.”
1.5 “Gang of Ghosts tries too hard to be funny and fit the bill of a commercial caper. Sadly, it falls short by miles. “
1.5 “A feeble attempt at remaking an interesting story, these ghosts will haunt you and I don’t mean it in a good way!”
1.5 “The trouble with this gang of ghosts is that it is all on the surface, and all so dreary.”
1.0 “Satish Kaushik makes a muddled up mess out of a perfectly wonderfully scripted idea.”
0.5 “Totally soulless!”

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