Bhoothnath Returns (2014) Hindi Movie Review | 31 Critic Reviews | Amitabh Bachchan, Parth Bhalerao


Amitabh Bachchan, Parth Bhalerao, Boman Irani, Anurag Kashyap, Usha Jadhav, Sanjay Mishra, Brijendra Kala

Bhoothnath Returns Posterdirection:

Nitesh Tiwari


Vivek Sharma, Sudhanshu Dube


Vivek Sharma, Sudhanshu Dube



Kamaljeet Negi


Vishal-Shekar, Salim-Suleiman

produced by:

Bhushan Kumar, Ravi Chopra


weird aggregate rating 5.7/10Hindi


Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

release date:

run time:
155 minutes


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Reviews- (Ratings out of 10)
  •  Bollywood Hungama -Taran Adarsh Rating-7
To counter the dearth of hits year after year, film-makers and leading Studios -- also actors -- have formulated a strategy to woo spectators in hordes: Sequels. The general feeling is, a follow-up to a successful film, by and large, rakes in enormous moolah at the ticket window.

  •  Indian Express -Shubhra Gupta Rating-5
Bhoothnath is one depressed ghost. Deeply humiliated at not having been successful at the one thing all ghosts manage so effortlessly– scaring children —he asks permission to descend from on high, back to earth, and go boo.Upon which he manages (once again, just like in the prequel ‘Bhoothnath’)

  •  India Today -Rohit Khilnani Rating-7
All this doesn't go down too well with Bhoothnath who now wants to earn his respect for which he will go back to earth and will have to scare some kids. When he is back on earth, the only kid who can see him is Akhrot (Parth Bhalerao) who is a street smart lad who is not scared of Bhoothnath

  •  Gulf News -Manjusha Radhakrishnan Rating-6
If there’s a cute child or adorable puppy in the frame, it’s tough for adults to remain in the spotlight. Something along those lines happens with supernatural comedy Bhoothnath Returns. On the one hand, there’s Bollywood’s seasoned actor Amitabh Bachchan who returns

  •  Moviez Adda -Divya Solgama Rating-9
In our country, movies related to kids were termed as ‘kids flick’ or ‘cartoon films’. There used to be some occasional kids loving films like ‘Bhramachari’, ‘Mr.India’, ‘Koi Mil Gaya’ and few more. But with films like ‘Hanuman’, ‘My Friend Ganesha’ ‘Taare Zameen Par’ & ‘Bhoothnath’ the whole

  • -Lokesh Dharmani Rating-6
How do you like a film like Bhoothnath Returns when it’s so difficult to believe in the title of the film, the fact that ghosts exist or even worse that they can contest elections? Off late I have believed in far more astonishing things, like Harman Baweja can STILL act or Ragini MMS 2 did better

  •  Daily Bhaskar Rating-5
Firstly, we feel that the title of this Amitabh Bachchan starrer film is a bit confusing. ‘Election Returns’ or ‘Any Body Can Vote’ could have been the better title for the film. Secondly, we felt that director Nitesh Tiwari forgot that Amitabh Bachchan is playing a ghost in the second half.

  •  NDTV -Saibal Chatterjee Rating-5
Off the screen, the general elections are in full swing. So, on it, silly season, willy-nilly, is well and truly underway. In early March, we were witness to a bitter battle of attrition between a feisty vigilante and a creepy lady politician in a rural outpost in Gulaab Gang.A couple of weeks back,

  •  Koimoi -Mohar Basu Rating-6
The film starts off from the conclusion of its first part, following the journey of Kailash Nath to Bhoot world. He has become a butt of jokes for being unable to scare off Banku. As the trailer had suggested he is sent back to earth to clear his name but the ‘technical fault’ of the Bhoot machinery

  •  Rediff -Sukanya Verma Rating-5
A conscientious ghost decides to contest elections opposite a criminal candidate and seeks mandate from the gullible public while emphasising on how a worthy candidate shouldn't be judged by the nature of his existence but by his scruples and merit.A dead man versus a dead conscience

  •  Deccan Chronicle -Suparna Sharma Rating-5
Have you ever been stuck behind those overloaded, flopped-all-over gunny sack-on-a-truck thingies? The ones that move slowly, gobble up the road and make you trudge behind slowly, fatigued and frustrated? If you have, you’ll experience deja vu while watching Bhoothnath Returns.

  •  Mid Day -Shubha Shetty Saha Rating-6
'Bhootnath Returns' displays a bit of heart and a bit of good intention. In this film, Bhootnath (Amitabh Bachchan), the infamously friendly ghost, is desperate to be born again, but the boss of the ‘ghost house’ (which looks eerily similar to Hogwart’s School of Witchcraft and Wizardry)

  •  DNA -Tushar Joshi Rating-5
A spoof within a spoof ? Bhootnath Returns is perhaps one of the most relevant and original ideas to have come out of Bollywood in recent times. Mixing the potent formula of a superstar's charisma, a brilliant child actor who is a natural and touching some sensitive yet necessary social topics,

  •  Mumbai Mirror -Rahul Desai Rating-6
It is disconcerting to suddenly be told that ghosts don't always result in horror films. In India, they almost never do, because we end up laughing at the screen anyway. Perhaps the term 'horror comedy' generates from here. This is also the self-referential humour Bhoothnath Returns,

  •  Rediff -Raja Sen Rating-4
It’s a cute concept, and our children’s films could certainly use more panache, but while in the hands of a Rajkumar Hirani this idea would have been gold, and made with brevity this could have been another OMG Oh My God, what we’re given turns out to be merely, wastefully exhausting.
  •  Zee News -Aparna Mudi Rating-6
`Bhoothnath Returns` picks up from where `Bhoothnath` left off. A ghost mocked for his inability to scare kids in heaven, returns to the mortal world to try his hand with some urban Mumbaikars. With little success in scaring children, the ghost turns to change lives of the oppressed

  •  Yahoo Movies -Rummana Ahmed Rating-6
There was a time in Hindi cinema when any film with a message, patriotic or otherwise, ended up being jingoistic and sermonic. Then Rajkumar Hirani happened and he crafted an impeccable blend; his satires were perfectly pitched, they addressed real issues and at the same time

  •  Glamsham -Martin D'souza Rating-8
BHOOTHNATH RETURNS is a bit trite when it begins, but as the film progresses, especially, deep into the first half itself, the true meaning of the film emerges. And although it ends up preaching, this is one instance when you will not mind this sermon.

  •  IBN Live -Rajeev Masand Rating-6
The twist, of course, is that it's a 60-something-year-old invisible ghost who's seeking votes. Having humiliated himself in the ghost community for failing to scare a little boy the last time around (in the 2008 film), our hapless hero Bhoothnath (Amitabh Bachchan) is dispatched once again

  •  Hindustan Times -Anupama Chopra Rating-6
Bhootnath Returns is unnecessarily bloated. It has far too much sermonising. The narrative is simplistic and na├»ve. And yet I recommend that you see the film — because it is also heartfelt, genuinely moving and, for the first half at least, slyly funny.

  •  Times of India -Madhureeta Mukherjee Rating-5
After his last visit to earth (prequel), Bhoothnath (Bachchan) goes back to exotic Bhoothworld, where ghosts lavishly live it up. Though it's run like a sarkari organization with departments like 'Reincarnation Section', 'Bhooth Mail', et al. Lol!. 'BN' is ridiculed by his gang-of-ghosts at his

  •  India Today -Faheem Ruhani Rating-6
The timing is correct. At a time when the country is in the throes of an important general election, director Nitesh Tiwari's (who had earlier co-directed Chillar Party with Vikas Bhal) second directorial venture Bhootnath Returns (worthy sequel to Bhootnath, 2008)

  •  Now Running -Mansha Rastogi Rating-5
The fad of funny ghosts seems to be catching up in Hindi cinema. Only recently we had Gang of Ghosts, a supposed comedy cum satire on the growing commercialisation of India and now we have yet another social satire, this time in the form of a sequel Bhootnath Returns.

  •  India Today -Saurabh Dwivedi Rating-6
This sequel takes off from here the first part, 2008's Bhoothnath ended. Kailash Nath a.k.a Bhoothnath is unsuccessful in scaring of a little boy named Banku, and eventually ends up becoming his friend. His family carries out a prayer meet for him, and Kailash Nath eventually reaches

  •  Sify -Sonia Chopra Rating-6
So, in effect, there are two films in one. The first half is breezy. When Akhrot warms up to Bhoothnath he wants to know if ghosts sleep, shower, or feel hungry. Their equation is superb – they sing a rap song about Dharavi, solve crimes, and at times, the ghost is admonished by the

  •  India Today -Suhani Singh Rating-5
Bhoothnath Returns couldn't have come at a more topical time. With election captivating the imagination of the country, the film raises pertinent points on how politicians need to be more accountable to the public and do their job and the people in turn need to be responsible citizens and vote.

  •  Time Out -Aniruddha Guha Rating-6
In his election campaign speech, Bhoothnath, the ghost played by Amitabh Bachchan and who decides to contest elections against corrupt neta Bhau (Boman Irani), explains to the crowd the quandary our country faces often – we never vote for the best candidate, but for the least worst.

  •  Book My Show -Teena Elizabeth Rating-6
Kailash Nath a.k.a. Bhoothnath (Amitabh Bachchan) is back in town with Bhoothnath Returns. After spending some quality time with Banku (Aman Siddiqui) and all wishes fulfilled, Bhoothnath returns to bhooth world. But he is unaware what the management in bhooth world

  •  Bollywood Life -Prathamesh Jadhav Rating-7
One walks into the theatre to watch Bhoothnath Returns with a lofty promise thanks to the presence of the major draw of the movie-Amitabh Bachchan! But barely have you rested your posterior and have started warming up the seat, then you realise that the real star of the show is somebody

  •  Deccan Herald -Arkadev Goshal Rating-2
You expect the film to be good when its makers utilise good acting, dialogues, story-telling and music to develop a good premise to have you hooked within the first 20-25 minutes.The achievement appears bigger considering that the this has happened without a single vulgar act or a topic that

  •  Indiaglitz -Vishal Verma Rating-5
Sir.. Not Again.. hoping to grain on supernatural comedy field the much awaited Big B starer 'Bhoothnath Returns' comes with some humour smarts giving an impression of a classic comedy vehicle but as the reel moves on the movie fails to remove its previous stains of getting too dramatic,

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Ratings Breakdown

Rating scale - Out of 10
weird aggregate rating (WAR) - 5.7/10 (31 reviews)
Male critics - 5.8 (17)
Female critics - 5.5 (14)
Highest Rating - 9 (1)
Least Rating - 2 (1)
Most Given Rating - 6 (14)

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Bhoothnath Returns (2014)
5.7 out of 10
based on
31 reviews.