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Bhool Bhulaiyaa (2007)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Horror, Mystery | 12 October 2007 (India)
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An NRI and his wife decide to stay in his ancestral home, paying no heed to the warnings about ghosts. Soon, inexplicable occurrences cause him to call a psychiatrist to help solve the mystery.

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Priyadarshan

Writers:

Neeraj Vora (screenplay), Manisha Korde (dialogue) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview:
Akshay Kumar ... Dr. Aditya Shrivastav
Vidya Balan ... Avni Chaturvedi
Shiney Ahuja ... Siddharth Chaturvedi
Ameesha Patel ... Radha
Manoj Joshi ... Badrinarayan 'Badri' Chaturvedi
Paresh Rawal ... Batukshankar Upadhyay
Rasika Joshi ... Janki Upadhyay
Rajpal Yadav ... Chhote Pandit / Lal Hanuman
Asrani ... Murari
Vikram Gokhale ... Acharya Yagyaprakash Bharti
Vineeth ... Professor Sharad Prahlad / Shashidhar
Tarina Patel ... Nandini Upadhyay
Jimit Trivedi ... Radha's Brother
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When U.S.-based Siddharth visits his Indian home town with his new wife, he insists they stay at the ancestral home, laughing off family members' warnings of ghostly goings-on in the mansion. But events soon make him reconsider his beliefs. As unexplained and terrifying occurrences arise, Siddharth calls on his doctor friend to help solve the mystery. What will be the outcome? Will Siddharth's friend be able to solve this riddle? Written by gavin (gunmasterM@hotmail.com)

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There was a shelved film "Bhool Bhulaiya" (1979) Starring Amol Palekar, Neelam Mehra ,Vidya Sinha,Deven Verma,Music by Rahul Dev Burman, Produced by P.C.Jain,Directed by Basu Chatterji. See more »

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Aditya asks one of the characters to come with him to Malikapur, which another character says its exactly in the center of the country. But when shown the song sequence, they are traveling in a bus which registration starts with KA, which is the registration of Karnataka and the board on the top of the bus is written in Kannada, which emphasizes that the song has been shot entirely in Karnataka which is down south and not in the middle of the country. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Aditya 'Adi' Shrivastav: The one who said she was upstairs, but she really wasn't, that's our patient, right?
Siddharth 'Sid' Chaturvedi: Yes.
Dr. Aditya 'Adi' Shrivastav: What's her name?
Siddharth 'Sid' Chaturvedi: Radha.
Dr. Aditya 'Adi' Shrivastav: Adha, Adha.
Siddharth 'Sid' Chaturvedi: [Chuckling] Not Adha, Radha.
Dr. Aditya 'Adi' Shrivastav: Radha, Radha.
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Music video of the title song plays during the end credits. See more »

Connections

Remake of Manichitrathazhu (1993) See more »

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Sakhiya
Written by Sameer
Composed by Pritam Chakraborty
Performed by Tulsi Kumar
Courtesy of Super Cassettes Industries Limited (T-Series)
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***fantastic****
17 January 2008 | by threenorns-1See all my reviews

first off, i'm white - straight up Wonder Bread. my experience with Hindi films and bollywood started on march 17th, 2006 when i met my husband - he's Hindu (... well, duh, lol).

up to now, my opinion of bollywood in general has been pretty much a couple of gems in a huge pile of... well, "not gems", particularly when dealing with the old films. not much by way of dancing technique, even (sorry, don't shoot me, just my white bread opinion) the vaunted hema malini, to me, does little more than jump around shaking her anatomy and flapping her arms about. a lot of the classic songs, i can't tell one from the next because they're all sung by lata mangeshkar. while she is a fantastic singer, i really wish songwriters would have taken the opportunity to showcase her voice instead of just having her do the same 6-note riff over and over. like i said, it's only imo.

what a fantastically terrific exception is Bhool Bhulaiyaa! it's got all the best parts of the old Indian classic movies: lavish, luxurious sets and costumes; huge crowds that pop up out of nowhere for various odd and assorted reasons; extraneous music numbers (no particular reason why, but we'll both just jump on a bicycle that popped up out of nowhere and weave madly through the countryside singing); great dance numbers featuring crowds of ppl that were nowhere to be seen before and probably won't be seen in the rest of the film.

special mention: the dance scene at the court of the evil king - i can't tell you how many times i've watched that just so i could wallow in the purity of line and the sheer crispness and clarity of expression. that duo is surely a world-class dancing pair because they are SO precise and they positively reek of expertise. the term "dancing gods" keeps coming to mind.

on the other hand, while it has all the wonderful OTT-ness of a classic bollywood film of the 50s and 60s, the music has been updated - the lyrics are typically incomprehensible romantic weirdness ("i am yours, only yours, you weave through my breath" - i mean, hunh!?) but the music is modern and fresh. the characters are also a wonderful blend of high camp, high drama, and modern minimalism. i really enjoyed the scene that's reminiscent of a joke featuring a guy talking on his cell phone while a girl behind him keeps answering back thinking he's talking to her. oh - except in BB, the guy's not wearing anything and the girl is in the shower stall while he's outside.

what i really like is that the movie doesn't actually EXPLAIN anything. oh, explanations are given on all sides but what's really fantastic is how it doesn't slight the old ways and put Modern Science up on a pedestal, nor does it reject the new ways in favour of ancient tradition. you make your own determination as to the truth - no matter which way you see it, it will be correct.

thriller, psychological drama, romantic thriller, horror, comedy, comic tragedy, chick flick, action film - no matter what your buzz, you'll find it in Bhool Bhulaiyaa!


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Country:

India

Language:

Hindi | Bengali

Release Date:

12 October 2007 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

The Maze See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$512,000, 14 October 2007

Gross USA:

$1,097,797

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$19,073,095
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Dolby Digital

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2.35 : 1
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