Bhootnath Returns

By Sunil Kumar

What did I expect going into a movie on the supernatural? Certainly not a sermon on the need to vote. A poignant and interesting insight into contemporary India; something that has surfaced chronically in films lately; Bhootnath Returns is a semi-comic satire on contemporary India.

English: Amitabh Bachchan photographed by Stud...

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When actors such as Amitabh and Boman Irani grace the screen; you know that we’re in some interesting fireworks. The only movie that takes the cake in my opinion is the 1983 black comedyJaane Bhi Do Yaaron“. Bhootnath Returns takes Asia’s most famous slum Dharavi and delivers a powerful message on social change. India is a mix of the rich; the pretentious; the “middle” middle class; and the desperately poor. Every day; the country throws up new surprises; ranging from the mundane to the trivial and superlative.

The street may often determine our thinking and lives; but then delivering social messages is useful in the land of the all-season emoticon. The pathetic state of public facilities; rampant corruption; casteism, religious differences and boredom may not impact the joie de vivre of Indian citizens; but a real difference in prices on the ground often does. Bhootnath Returns plods along; its mix of humour and the specific Indian way of acceptance is insightful; and Amitabh Bachchan as always puts life into his character.

Whatever the outcome of the real elections on May 16; the entertainment juggernaut that is Bharat should move merrily along. Worth a watch! My blog post for the day.


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