Moving from acting to different aspects of filmmaking is the dream of many but very few are able to bring that creative urge to fruition. It takes courage to overcome the fear that failure might be lurking somewhere behind to make that bold leap. Only the confident back their urge with actions. Arshad Warsi belongs to this category. HUM TUM AUR GHOST is his first production. He is also credited to three aspects of this film - screenplay, dialogue and writer. This is apart from playing the lead role, which he does with confidence, hitherto unseen in his performances. Agreed there has been MUNNABHAI'S Circuit and Babban of ISHQIYA, but Armaan Suri is different.
As the fashion photographer who has this strange ability to see the dead, he is simply terrific. He sleeps in busy public places in London (where the film is set) because he hears voices and his dependence on the 'spirit' to wash away the mental torment makes him a likeable bloke. You feel for him. There is energy in his character and power in his performance.
Soon he gets talking to the dead who want his help to get things sorted on with their near and dear ones. Chief among the dead is Mr. Kapoor (Boman Irani) who wants to help his wife who is being harassed by his son. There is another woman, who passed away in 1975 who is looking for her five-year-old son. There are others too, who want to fulfill strange desires.
Gehna (Dia Mirza) his girlfriend, editor of Cosmopolitan thinks he is going nuts. Also, she begins to doubt that he is two-timing her as he spends more time with his assistant Mini (Sandhya Mridul). There's also Gehna's dad who is dead against his daughter's relationship with Armaan. Plot set, the film moves at a brisk pace and engages you. The movie is technically sound with high production values. The scenes with the dead are up there with the best and the performances are noteworthy. Dia Mirza surprises with her super show. She buries the ghost of the past with this one act of brilliance. This girl has given her career a much-needed boost.
Post interval, the film plunges as the plot goes haywire. Chief among them being the length of the film. It could have been shortened by a good 20 minutes. Also there are other glaring errors. Like, why are Indian stars on the cover of Cosmos' London issues? Or, if Mini could tell Gehna that she is gay why does not she tell her of Armaan's genuine tryst with the dead? Or why does not Armaan simply take her to Kapoor's wife or the boxer whose dead son asked for his help? This in main shatters whatever good work has been done upfront.