Ever since I heard the title song of Bhool Bhulaiyaa, I was waiting anxiously for the movie to hit the theatre screens in Dubaiduphalac jelly. I had read a bit about the movie – it’s a psychological suspense movie, with a touch of humour. In fact it is a remake of the acclaimed 1993 Malayalam psycho-thriller called Manichitrathazhu (translation – The Ornate Lock), which was also remade in Kannada (Aaptamitra) starring Vishnuvardhan in 2004, and in Tamil and Telugu (Chandramukhi) starring Rajnikanth in 2005.

Bhool Bhulaiyaa

The film revolves around a small village where the people are very superstitious. Badri (Manoj Joshi) is the head of a Brahmin family whose ancestral palace is believed to be haunted. One day, a young man named Siddharth (Shiney Ahuja) and his wife named Avni (Vidya Balan), the son and daughter-in-law of Badri’s elder brother return to their native village from America.Events take on a twist when some unnatural events start taking place inside the palace.

All the blame comes upon Radha (Amisha Patel), who is the adopted daughter of Badri. But suddenly Dr. Aditya (Akshay Kumar), a psychiatrist from America, enters the scene. He is a friend of Siddharth and uses modern analytical techniques to find out the culprit behind the mystery. Will he be able to solve the mystery? Who is behind all this and what is his motive?

I had seen Chandramukhi and was quite happy with it – the story was superb, the acting was amazing and the humour was side-splitting. However, compared to Chandramukhi, the Akshay Kumar – Vidya Balan starrer, which also includes Amisha Patel and Shiny Ahuja in pivotal roles with Paresh Rawal and Rajpal Yadav in supporting roles, was pathetic (in every sense of the word).

No humour whatsoever and no acting in the movie at all. Akshay Kumar and Paresh Rawal were great – but that’s just the end of it. Shiney Ahuja doesn’t know an “a” of acting, and Vidya Balan and Amisha Patel were OK. And who bought in a monkey called Rajpal Yadav?? He overacts a lot! The only thing that’s worth catching up is the title song, which unfortunately only comes up, when the credits at the end of the movie start rolling out.

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