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Cellphone Bhoot Overview | Filmfare.com

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Main (Siddhant Chaturvedi) and Gullu (Ishaan Khattar) are main horror buffs who’ve grown up on a every day dose of Ramsay Brothers movies, in addition to Hollywood fare. In a bid to unite their ardour with entrepreneurship, they begin a number of companies with horror because the theme however sadly for them, every thing bombs. They meet an precise ghost Ragini (Katrina Kaif) at a ghost-themed social gathering hosted by them. She factors out that since they will see ghosts, they need to begin an exorcism enterprise. She joins up with them and so they find yourself offering moksha to a number of trapped souls. Their success is seen by sorcerer Atmaram (Jackie Shroff) who makes use of the trapped souls for his personal evil functions. How the 2 slackers and their pleasant ghost defeat Atmaram types the crux of the movie. 

Cellphone Bhoot is probably the silliest horror comedy you will ever see. There is a dance off between ghosts within the movie, a Bengali chudail who’s uninterested in freelance work and desires a company job, a Punjabi daayan who loves to bounce, one other ghost who likes shayari and so forth. It is each self-referential and self-aware. A few cleverly positioned product placements will certainly make you smile. Maybe probably the most tongue-in-cheek second occurs when Katrina Kaif’s character asks Sheeba Chadha, “Aapki Hindi kamjor hai kya,” (Do you not know Hindi properly). It is campy, irreverent and would not take itself severely. There’s even a scene which has Jackie Shroff sending himself up, proclaiming he’s the unique hero since 1983 and taking part in the Hero signature tune on a flute. 

The issue is that it isn’t very properly put collectively and the fabric is in every single place. There is a lack of coherence within the movie which mars its general impact. We perceive it was made through the pandemic and therefore will need to have suffered due to it. Nonetheless, a greater consideration to element, to screenplay and modifying, would have turned it right into a far superior product than it presently is. 

The solid have taken to the silliness like geese to water. Siddhant Chaturvedi and Ishaan Khattar have a bromance going and play off one another’s strengths. Their response photographs to one another and to Katrina Kaif are spot on. They’re goofy, playful, and produce out their interior Jim Carrey making faces. You possibly can see they’re having a whole lot of enjoyable essaying their roles. The identical is the case with Katrina Kaif, who one can fathom is having a whale of a time taking part in a useful ghost. She has at all times displayed good comedian timing and is in her ingredient right here as properly. Jackie Shroff as a megalomaniac tantrik too makes his presence felt. 

As mentioned earlier, all the weather of the movie don’t cling collectively properly. Watch the movie when you like foolish comedies. 

Trailer : Cellphone Bhoot

Rachana Dubey, November 4, 2022, 2:31 PM IST

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Story: Greatest buddies and wannabe ghostbusters, Main and Gullu, assisted by a bhatakti aatma Ragini, are out to supply salvation to the useless and gone. Their life takes an sudden flip once they’re confronted with an evil baba, jealous of their progress.

Overview: Gullu and Main (Ishaan and Siddhant Chaturvedi), two single boys residing collectively, aspire to turn into skilled ghostbusters. With the help of pleasant ghost, Ragini (Katrina Kaif), they considerably reach doing so. However their journey hits a roadblock once they get pulled into Ragini’s bigger plan to salvage her lover from the clutches of an evil baba, Aatmaram (Jackie Shroff).
Gurmmeet Singh’s Cellphone Bhoot, written by Ravi Shankaran and Jasvinder Singh Tub, is an eclectic, out-of-the-box comedy. It’s evident from the proceedings that the writers and the director have spent a substantial period of time visualising each minute of the movie, so it doesn’t lose its steam half-way into its runtime.

Harking back to movies like Andaz Apna Apna, the characters take their conditions and themselves very severely. That paves the way in which for humour which is embedded neatly into the screenplay, is unabashed and character-led. References to previous and a few comparatively new Hindi motion pictures and kinky horror movies of the bygone a long time (Ramsay Brothers’ movies) are additionally stitched into the narrative seamlessly. The screenplay is peppered with dialogues that may ease you into this movie’s loopy world and make you chuckle by way of most components.

Having mentioned that, the movie lags when it comes to tempo within the first half until Jackie Shroff’s entry into the combo. That modifications the movie’s gear for the higher, however it additionally makes the eventual battle within the second half considerably predictable. There are minor however unmissable loopholes at just a few junctures. The movie additionally takes sure artistic liberties which ought to have been averted utterly, and that might have made the narrative much more participating and entertaining.

Within the technical division, the movie’s VFX, manufacturing design and prosthetics are completely synced with the narrative. The movie has been edited properly, however it might have been slicker. The songs are purely decorative to the narrative right here. Although you don’t thoughts them, you don’t take them residence with you.

Ishaan, Katrina and Siddhant have a cool camaraderie because the ghost-busting trio. The boys put out a assured efficiency. They’re the new-age model of Amar-Prem who don’t eat into one another’s screen-time or performances. They vibe with one another which is nice. The director has additionally ensured that the steadiness between their display screen time and their general presentation is maintained all through the runtime.

Katrina Kaif is gorgeous to have a look at. She makes it a degree to make sure that her presence would not overpower the narrative; she establishes her bro-code with the boys, and delivers a simple efficiency, taking part in on her strengths. Jackie Shroff is the tadka to this combine. He’s the seetimaar ingredient of this comedy with out whom the humour quotient of the movie wouldn’t be the place it’s.

General, Gurmmeet Singh places out a novel horror comedy which is a departure from most materials one has seen within the yr to this point. For that itself this one deserves a go to to the theatre.

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