It's Christmas and New Year time. Kids have holidays and there's merriment all around. There's a certain joy, a magic that fills people's hearts during this period. A perfect time to release kids film. Last week, we saw TOONPUR KA SUPERRHERO and this week it's BHOOT AND FRIENDS.
Don't get petrified with title BHOOT AND FRIENDS. Though it sounds like a horror film, it isn't. No doubt, Jackie Shroff plays a bhoot, but he's a benevolent bhoot. A couple of spunky kids are also a part of this kids adventure flick.
Raghav (Makrand Soni) has just passed with 52% marks in his school examinations, much to the dissatisfaction of his mother. Along with his friends, he goes to his granny's place at Saharanpur for his vacations. All's not well in Saharanpur as there are many ghost stories doing the rounds. After a few days, the kids accidentally meet a ghost (Jackie Shroff) and find themselves involved in a treasure hunt. But they aren't alone as a tarnished angrez also has his eyes fixed on the precious treasure.
Director Kittu Saluja builds up the narrative pretty well. Its intriguing quotient is high, keeping you involved in the proceedings. You want to get to the bottom of the story. But the graph dips slightly when the animated back story is revealed. The treasure hunt is an exhilarating ride. The climax is replete with engaging moments. It also delivers some important, non preachy messages to kids and even parents, to accept kids as they are.
The area in which the film falters is lack of humourous moments. They are in short supply and in a kids film you certainly expect more. Also, it's baffling to see how the goons on a jeep are not able to chase kids who are on cycles. The editing is passable with some continuity lapses. The few songs that are there are mediocre.
Jackie Shroff is impressive as the bhoot (he played one in BHOOT UNCLE). It's nice to see him in a good role after a long time. Ashwin Mushran is good as the bad guy. Maarkand Soni is excellent. Ishita Panchal is decent. Akash Nair is hilarious, Tejas Rahate acts really well.
BHOOT AND FRIENDS is a decent attempt replete with appealing moments. Go along with your kids on this treasure hunt, you won't regret it.