film revolves around a small village/town where the people are
very conservative and superstitious. Badri (Manoj Joshi) heads
a Brahmin family whose ancestral palace is believed to be haunted.
One day, Siddharth (Shiny Ahuja) and Avni (Vidya Balan), the son
and daughter-in-law of Badri's elder brother return to their native
village from America and decide to settle down for a month in
their ancestral palace. Events take on a twist when Avni opens
a locked forbidden room. As a result, some unnatural events start
taking place inside the palace.
Bhulaiyaa' is insufferable mumbo-jumbo
Review By Subhash K. Jha (IANS)
is only one reason to bear through this insufferable mumbo-jumbo
of black magic and para-psychology. And it's not Akshay Kumar.
Sure, his comic timing remains supremely impeccable. But we've
seen him do this stuff many times over. And a sense of predictability
has now crept into the way he laughs, the way he stops just a
split second before exhaling the guffaw, or the way he lifts his
bare feet before the camera and yawns.
in "Bhool Bhulaiyaa" he does it all and brings the house
down. But once he gets down to playing the serious psychologist
doing an "Exorcist" on the possessed US-returned Vidya
Balan, you wonder if there's a serious smirk secreted in the knee-jerk
to the house of horrors with the ghost of a wronged nautch girl
cursing, abusing, singing and dancing in Bengali.
the time the buck stops at Vidya, we've had enough of the Priyadarshan
regular - from the reliable Mohan Joshi, to the insufferable Rasika
Joshi, the unusually unfunny Rajpal Yadav and the 'loose-limbed'
Paresh Rawal. Priyadarshan's patented parody fails to appeal -
this time projected into a story that seems to endorse blind faith
and black magic.
wonders why Paresh is playing all these badly written characters
Bhulaiyaa'just makes you wish ghosts would haunt the people who
thought up this piece of odd abomination.
usual Priyadarshan spends a lot of time in detailing trivia, which
finally adds up to much ado about absolutely nothing. The characters
of the village are piled on for about 30 minutes of playing time.
Another 30 minutes goes into introducing the wacky inmates of
the ancestral house ... And that's when Akshay makes his entry.
film is initially shot on the banks of the Ganga, but suddenly
we see deserts and ethnic clothes.
the one person who keeps you watching the film is Vidya Balan.
As a woman possessed, she pours so much intense energy into her
raging Kathak dance as the courtesan that you forgive Priyadarshan
all his trespasses of vulgar excesses. Vidya brings a great deal
of charm, elegance and horrific angst to her part. As she swirls
and twirls as the enraged dancer in a jealous king's court, she
appears lovely in this distinctly un-lovely film.
the film substitutes genuine aesthetics with dashes of flamboyance
selected from all the haunted haveli films - from "Madhumati"
to "Mehbooba". The art decorator avoids the cliché
of the cobwebs on the walls. But those appear to be surrounding
the brains behind this ghostly tale.
house swarms with oddballs of every gender and hue. The basic
question of who needs psychiatric help, becomes redundant after
a point. Everyone seems insane. Ironically, Vidya, who turns out
to be mentally ill, emerges as the most graceful of the lot.