American based couple, Siddharth (Shiney) and Avni (Vidya), are on a holiday to
they receive a cold reception upon their arrival from Siddharth's uncles, Batuk
(Paresh) and Badri (Manoj).
tension soon mounts when a rational Siddharth insists on staying in the ancestral
palace, believed to be haunted.
so begins a sequence of unexplained incidents convincing Siddharth that something
is not quite right.
fingers of suspicion points towards Radha (Amisha), the adopted daughter.
an unconvinced Siddharth calls upon his friend / psychiatrist, Dr Aditya (Akshay)
to solve the mystery.
once, director Priyadarshan deviates from trying to make his usual laughter riots
by attempting a film interspersed with comedy, suspense and mild horror.
idea has never been tackled before in Bollywood but it certainly works here with
never a dull moment.
genius Paresh Rawal brings in the laughs during the first half as the apprehensive
and superstitious Batuk.
the narrative gathers momentum only when Akshay appears onto the scene as the
sensible and analytically minded Dr Aditya.
impeccable comic timing in between the eerie moments and investigations will certainly
bring the house down, showcasing yet again the acting
calibre of this actor.
gives a noteworthy performance but is somewhat overshadowed by Akshay's on-screen
it is Vidya Balan who takes you by surprise with a stupendous performance keeping
you engrossed, especially during the last half hour of the film.
the whole, Bhool Bhulaiyaa can be described as a fast-paced suspense drama with
creepy moments to every twist and turn.
in the UK top ten charts at No. 7, this Bollywood film has grossed an amazing
£391,165 during its opening week. A must see!
by Manish Gajjar