Just finished watching Bhool Bhulaiyaa. I was hoping beyond hopes that Akshay Kumar and Vidya Balan would come back strong after what I thought was an extremely disappointing Heyy Babyy. After all, Vidya Balan is among my favorite actresses. And Akshay Kumar has a presence about him that few possess. Speaking of not knowing what to expect, how about the cricketing term 'corridor of uncertainty'?
Well, the good news is that Akshay and Vidya do not disappoint at all! Good movie! The movie also stars Amisha Patel, Shiney Ahuja, Paresh Rawal, Rajpal Yadav, Asrani, and others. I know that the plot is adapted from that of a successful film from a sister film industry within India. I have not watched that one, but boy, does Bhool Bhulaiyaa stand out as a novel Bollywood film.
Of the comedy/suspense category, the film holds the viewer through it all, and the climax is rather well executed. Especially so by Vidya Balan. Akshay Kumar does very well. The film takes a turn for the better when he is introduced. Shiney Ahuja is effective. So is the rest of the cast.
Honorable mention to Vidya Balan, who is absolutely fantastic. Her acting, especially toward the end of the film (playing the role of Manjhulika), is stunning. Also stunning, not surprisingly, is the way she pulls off her performance throughout the film. The saree-clad belle is in great form, and proves yet again that she is easily in the top echelon of actresses. What I had not expected was her classical dance ability -- in Mere Dholna Sun, she looks spectacular and possesses the grace that few do. See video below.
Rather surprisingly, Amisha Patel shines through as well for her beauty in simplicity which is what some of us long to see. Rajpal Yadav is effective, and as always, there is never a dull moment with him around. Paresh Rawal is good, although I feel like a lot of his dialogues are starting to get a little redundant. All in all, well worth a watch.
Movie Rating: *** + 1/4 (CLOSE TO VERY GOOD)
My Classiciation: PG-13 (for plot)
Watch it for some good laughs and some good suspense. Not for the faint of heart (no kidding -- you might find yourself forwarding a few scenes if you are not fond of ghosts). The sounds of the payal will continue to haunt the viewer.
Musical highlight: The song Mere dholna sun is very well choreographed in addition to being a technically correct musical. Well done! And Vineeth (the male dancer) must have learned this professionally, for this dance can hardly be taught on a per-project basis.