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Bhoot and Friends

Four young friends fall into an adventure in the middle of summer holidays.

Director:Kittu Saluja

Cast Jackie Shroff,Markand,Ishita,Akash,Tejas

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Movie Review: Bhoot and Friends Four young friends fall into an adventure in the middle of summer holidays. A lost treasure needs to be found,and they are the only ones who can do the deed. Or so decrees a friendly ghost who lives in the forest near the village they’ve come to visit.

This is the kind of story that’s always been told,and will always be in currency. Because kids will always be kids,and they will always go during summer hols to places surrounded by dark woods,which may just have a ghostly inhabitant. But ‘Bhoot and Friends’ takes all the joy out of an evergreen ‘nani-dadi-ki-kahani’ by its hackneyed treatment and absurd plot points.

The baddie goes by the name of Gora Sahib,who,we are told is a descendant of a British soldier,who’s after the treasure his grandfather had failed to find. This Gora Sahib has the kind of evil laugh that villains in old Hindi films used to exhibit when they were in their dens about to torture innocents.

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He clomps about with his four henchmen—a dwarf,a giant,and two others whose main job is to get outsmarted by the kids who set off to find the priceless ‘neelmani’ that will today be worth billions.

They are helped by a ghost ( Shroff,sleepwalking) who has an old promise to fulfill,and who will be set free only when the treasure is unearthed

The children seem to have been created by people who haven’t got past films which had little boys who got left home alone by their families,and had to fend off thieves. The gags are stale,and the feel of the whole is moth-balled.

The special effects are so amateurish as to be laughable : when kids these days have twenty four hour channels with amazingly sophisticated content,why would anyone succumb to the dubious pleasures of ‘Bhoot and Friends’?

Why,why can’t we make better films for children?

shubhragupta@expressindia.com