GHOST | 19 October, 2019

Pooja Entertainment and Loneranger Productions’ Ghost (A) is a horror film.

Karan Khanna (Shivam Bhaargava) is settled abroad. He is married to Barkha (Gayatri Iyer). One day, Barkha is found dead. Barkha’s friend, Sonia (Ananya Dasgupta), has also died under mysterious circumstances. Sonia used to love Karan.

Karan is arrested for the two muders. Lawyer Simran Singh (Sanaya Irani) secures Karan’s release from prison, on bail. By the by, Karan and Simran Singh fall in love with one another. Days pass by. Unable to prove his innocence, Karan lands up in jail once again. Simran then realises that there’s a ghost in the locket belonging to Barkha. This locket was sent to Barkha by Sonia.

Is Simran Singh able to secure Karan’s freedom from jail?

Vikram Bhatt has written a juvenile story which seems to have been penned in a hurry. His screenplay is half-baked and so hackneyed that the audience watches the drama unfold, without any sense of participation. Although it is a horror film, there are no scenes which can send chills down the spines of the viewers. Even the suspense element is dull. Dialogues, penned by Vikram Bhatt and Srivijay Salian, are alright.

Shivam Bhaargava makes a fair debut. He is quite free in front of the camera. Sanaya Irani is good in her big-screen debut. Gayatri Iyer hardly gets any scope in the role of Barkha. Ananya Dasgupta lends average support as Sonia. Others barely pass muster.

Vikram Bhatt’s direction is not of standard. Music (Nayeem-Shabir, Arko Pravo Mukherjee, Sanjeev-Darshan and Sonal Pradhan) comprises one fairly good song and other ordinary numbers. Lyrics (Shakeel Azmi, Arko Pravo Mukherjee, Sanjeev Chaturvedi and Sonal Pradhan) are alright. Sangeet and Siddharth Haldipur’s background music hardly helps in heightening the impact of the drama. Prakash Kutty’s cinematography is very good and so are the foreign locations. Felix Coles’ production designing is okay. Kuldeep Mehan’s editing could’ve been better.

On the whole, Ghost will meet with a disastrous fate at the turnstiles.

Released on 18-10-’19 at Inox (daily 2 shows) and other cinemas of Bombay thru PEN Marudhar Cine Entertainment. Publicity: poor. Opening: very weak. …….Also released all over.