As one watches the latest cinematic offering by Priyadarshan, one wonders, where does he stumble upon such diverse scripts? No two movies by him have anything common. Of late this has become more prominent with movies like Hera Pheri, Hulchul, Maalamal Weekly, Kyon Ki..and Dhol. With Bhool Bhulaiyaa, Priyadarshan introduces us to a new genre of comedy-thriller. However the attempt is not all that successful.
The premise is pretty interesting with all the elements of a usual thriller, haunted palaces, multiple suspects, a menacing apparition and a series of unfortunate events. The pace however does not give the impression of a usual thriller, perhaps which is where the comedy kicks in!!?
There are many moments in the movie where the scare factor is pretty high (watch out for the last 20 mins!!!!), but after a certain point you are confused whether the scare was intentional or just a by-product of the story!
As far as performances go, don’t expect Filmfare worthy acts from the entire cast, although Akshay and Vidya do a bang-up job portraying their respective characters.
Akshay once again scores with his brilliant comic timing. Akki has truly become a bankable actor.I especially felt that Vidya’s knack at getting into the soul of her character was more than apparent with this character. Shiney Ahuja needs to retake acing classes (What happened to the Shiney who wowed audiences with his stellar performance in Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi????)
The movie score is pretty good with Pritam providing the fresh music. The chart topping title track has become a rage among the people.
The visuals of the movie are not all that enamouring, but the sequences at night and in the dark corners of the palace come off pretty good, with the audiences feeling the fear of he characters within the movie. The play of shadows and darkness is used masterfully.
Overall the movie is worth a watch, if not for the ‘horror’, then for the beautiful performances by Akshay and Vidya.
My rating ***1/2 stars.