The story of two tantriks who discover themselves while attempting to ward off an evil spirit is shown in BHOOT POLICE. Vibhooti (Saif Ali Khan) and Chiraunji (Arjun Kapoor) are twin brothers who play ghostbusters. They are the sons of Ullat Baba (Saurabh Sachdeva), who passed away when Chiraunji was only five years old. Vibhooti isn’t convinced that ghosts and spirits exist. They’ve come across several cases when there were no malevolent spirits up until now. Instead of informing their clients the truth, Vibhooti and Chiraunji would make it appear as if they had exorcised the ghost from their lives in exchange for a large sum.
When they meet Maya (Yami Gautam), an opportunity knocks on their door. She is the owner of the Silawar Tea Factory and a large estate. Kanika (Jacqueline Fernandez), her sister, stays with her. Yami informs Vibhooti and Chiraunji that she and the tea factory workers had seen a ghost (also known as kichkandi) in the estate. A similar spirit had been spotted at their location 27 years before, and Ullat Baba had imprisoned it in a pot and kept it safe in the forest.
Vibhooti and Chiraunji go into the jungle and find the tree where the kichkandi was trapped in the pot and kept. Chiraunji is taken aback when he realises the pot is still unbroken. This indicates that the spirit is still present within it. As a result, he thinks that the spirit that is currently disturbing the estate is distinct. To make matters worse, Vibhooti argues that their father was a conman as well, and that the pot isn’t cursed. He cracks the pot to demonstrate his point. The rest of the movie is built around what happens next.
Chiraunji, played by Arjun Kapoor, is the serious type, the innocent and righteous sibling. He has a captivating screen presence, and his dialogues keep you entertained throughout the film. The film’s much-needed edge comes from Arjun’s superb comic timing. Saif Ali Khan, on the other hand have appreciative pranks, but some of them are repetitious. Yami is talented, but we’ve seen her do better. Maya, played by Yami, is a determined daughter who is hell-bent on preserving her father’s legacy, the tea estate. Maya’s feisty influencer sister Kanika, played by Jacqueline Fernandez, wants to sell everything and relocate to London. The actress has an unremarkable physical look.
The makers introduce us to the characters of Chedilal (Jaaved Jaaferi), Google Baba (Rajpal Yadav), and Hari Kumar (Amit Mistry) to add to the comedic element. However, it only partially accomplishes the goal.
The narrative of Bhoot Police by Pavan Kirpalani is unique. The film concentrates on ghostbusters, which lends it a distinct flavour. The screenplay by Pavan Kirpalani, Pooja Ladha Surti, and Sumit Batheja is entertaining. The characters are well-developed, and the tension between fear and humour is well-balanced.
On the other hand, the first half of the film is passable, and it is only the second half that the film begins to hold interest. The dialogues between Pooja Ladha Surti and Sumit Batheja are witty and humorous, but only in parts. In a comedy like this, there was plenty of room for a lot more funny dialogues.
The direction by Pavan Kirpalani is superb. He does a good job with the comedy, but what’s remarkable is how well he tackles the sombre and emotional scenes. In addition, the climax includes an emotional component that is skillfully integrated into the story.
Parts of Bhoot Police are entertaining. It has the necessary comedic components, but it drags in other areas. You will get chills from Bhoot Police, but the uneven writing will draw you away. This could have been an intriguing watch if the editing had been crisper and the content more coherent.
If you’re seeking for a change of pace from the usual serious and nerve-wracking fare, Bhoot Police should be on your radar.