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Bhoot (2003)

When a married couple moves into a flat that is haunted by a spirit, a series of inexplicable experiences drive the wife to near madness. Now, the husband must protect his wife to save their marriage.

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Ram Gopal Varma
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ajay Devgn ... Vishal
Urmila Matondkar ... Swati
Nana Patekar ... Inspector Liyaqat Qureshi
Rekha ... Sarita
Fardeen Khan ... Sanjay Thakkar
Victor Banerjee ... Dr. Rajan
Tanuja ... Mrs. Khosla
Seema Biswas ... Kamla Bai
Amar Talwar Amar Talwar ... Thakker
Barkha Madan Barkha Madan ... Manjeet Khosla
Sabir Masani Sabir Masani ... Watchman
Rajendra Sethi Rajendra Sethi ... Patil
Lalit Marathe ... Dr. Shyam
Peeya Rai Chowdhary Peeya Rai Chowdhary ... Peeya
Rekha Kamat Rekha Kamat ... Vishal's neighbor - Old woman
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Storyline

Vishal (Ajay Devgan), a stock analyst, and his wife Swati (Urmila Matondkar). The two are in search for a flat in Mumbai. Vishal finds the perfect place on the 12th floor of a high-rise apartment building. However, the apartment has a horrifying past. The previous occupant of the flat, a young woman had killed her child and jumped from the balcony and died. Swati learns about this incident shortly after moving in and becomes oddly fixated with the story. Then, a series of inexplicable experiences drive Swati to near madness. Vishal becomes helpless and convinced his wife has developed some sort of psychological disorder. He consults a psychiatrist, Dr. Rajan (Victor Banerjee). The couple's maid (Seema Biswas) believes Swati to be possessed, and calls in an exorcist (Rekha). Meanwhile, other seemingly unrelated events take place around the building. The watchman (Sabeer Masani) is being terrorized, one of the residents Sanjay (Fardeen Khan) is behaving erratically, and a murder occurs.... Written by gavin@sunny_deol2009@yahoo.com

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Official Sites:

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Country:

India

Language:

Hindi

Release Date:

30 May 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fantômes See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$60,000, 1 June 2003

Gross USA:

$106,774

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,660,402
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color
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Trivia

After the success of Bhoot in 2003, Ram Gopal Varma planned to remake the film with Hollywood actors. Titled Within, it was to be released by late 2006. Instead of a Mumbai apartment, the film was be set in New York, in an apartment in Manhattan. There would be no Indian actors, but Ram Gopal refused to divulge cast details.Percept Picture Company was to produce the film at a budget of US $6 million and it was go on the floors in 2006. The film was eventually shelved. See more »

Goofs

When Urmila must climb 12 flights of stairs she is wearing peep-toe sandals with a heel of about 1 inch. But when she enters the flat she is wearing a three-inch heel with straps around the ankle. Similarly, when Rehka first meets Ajay Devgan she is wearing heels. When we see her entering the apartment building she is wearing flat sandals, but once inside the apartment she is wearing another - different - pair of heels. See more »

Connections

Remade as Shock (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Bhoot Hai Yahan Koi - II
Written by Jaideep Sahni
Composed by Amar Mohile
Performed by Gayatri Iyer
Courtesy of Super Cassettes Industries Limited (T-Series)
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Ok, I was scared.
31 May 2003 | by sd268See all my reviews

Which about sums it up. For all the talk of songless-ness and being different and reinventing the genre (if remaking it in the standard Hollywood mode can be called reinvention; perhaps 'rescuing it from the Ramseys and the white-sari-clad woman with a blood-streaked face' is more appropriate) - all of which were true - what mattered in the end was whether this film could sustain the tension and make you empathise with the characters. And it did. The background score is really effective; camerawork is creative; the leads act flawlessly; there's a liberal sprinkling of red herrings, the characters are believable, and we're spared the quasi-religious mumbo-jumbo that mars so many films in this genre. While making a horror film is inherently a derivative process, Bhoot manages to avoid seeming cliched, both by the standards of Hindi filmdom (okay, that's not hard - the absence of either a dak bangla or a kabristan, as well as the aforementioned white sari, pretty much ensures that) as well as, to a lesser extent, Hollywood (which it is closer to in 'spirit'). Not by any means a pathbreaking film, but a very well-made one nonetheless. Excellent! Go watch it!


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