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Bhootnath, is a specially crafted family drama meant to cheer up the kids, teens and the children in the grown-ups. The film is a laugh riot with full of fun between an ageing ghost and a seven plus kid.

The film begins when Shah Rukh Khan leaves his family, wife Juhi Chawla and the kid, Aman Siddiqui, in the new house and sets off on a cruise. The house has a history of ghost trouble and is generally avoided by the residents of the city. However, the ever joyous Juhi rubbishes all such ghost haunting claims and gets down to the business of settling down with her son who believes in angels not bhoots. The child encounters the bhooth, Amitabh Bachchan, and the faceoff between the ghost and the child prankster has been conceived and executed with lot of imaginative humour.

This film is quite a challenge for Amitabh Bachchan since ghosts in Bollywood have never been characters of substantial action. Bachchan’s rendition of the shabby old spook that ends up as the child’s best buddy is indeed a splendid portrayal. The young child actor, Aman Siddiqui, stands up to the ice-cream guzzling ghost and gives a sterling performance. Then there is the ebullient charisma of Juhi Chawla who is in crackling form, the comedy of Satish Shah and the ponytail presence of Shah Rukh Khan.

Director Vivek Sharma should have avoided Baghban type of twist and the long-winded climax that turns the film into shades of boredom. Instead he should have treated his film like a comedy flick alone.

For this summer vacation, Bhoothnath is the best bet, particularly for those who had a stroke from Tashan and Kantri effect.

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