New Delhi | Jagran Entertainment Desk: Horror is a genre in which much possibilities are yet to be explored. The audience has been experiencing the vintage sudden movements, shadows moving from one place to another in a blink of an eye from quite a long time now and waiting to experience something different in horror films.

There are two biggest challenges in front of a horror film. The first is that the film scares you and the second is that you don't find it boring. To meet those challenges and to bring innovations, Vicky Kaushal-starrer ‘Bhoot - Part One: The Haunted Ship’ released on the big screens today. This is the first time Karan Johar’s Dharma Production has tried their hand and luck in the horror genre.

This film, ‘Bhoot - Part One: The Haunted Ship’ is based on a true incident and the movie started with some chilling scenes that take you into the sky of fantasies where everything becomes a reality.

Prithvi (Vicky Kaushal), who lost his younger daughter and wife (Bhumi Pednekar) in an accident, now lives alone in Mumbai and works as a shipping officer. Prithvi considers himself responsible for the death of his wife and daughter. He started devoting his time and energy to help children and women who need assistance in life.

The trauma of her daughter and wife’s death is on the mind of Prithvi to such an extent that he started seeing their reflection everywhere. He also consulted a doctor to treat his hallucinations but refuses to take medicines so that he can always see his daughter and wife. Everything is going fine until one day a deserted ship ‘Sea-Bird’ arrives on the seashore.

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There are many stories about Sea Bird. The people on the seashore of Mumbai started panicking due to the sudden arrival of this ship. Therefore, Prithvi’s company gave him the responsibility to remove this ship from there and when he goes to inspect the ship, all the strange things started to happen with him.

The film revolves around Prithvi unravelling the mystery behind the ship. It can be said that the concept is new. There are small jokes in the middle of the film that prevents the story from becoming too cumbersome. However, it failed to amaze the audience with anything new. One can say that there was a lack of innovation in the story.

The story of the film is strong but failed to meet the expectations. Dharma Production has also added a pinch of ‘desi-ness’ in it, like those when Ashutosh Rana chant mantra and do something for the liberation of soul or exorcism (what white people would say). It can be said that the horror of the film may be of international level but its climax has been kept quite indigenous.

Talking about the performances Vicky Kaushal in the film is amazing and he has once again proved himself to be a good actor. The roles of Bhumi Pednekar and Ashutosh Rana are small but they have done justice to their roles.

It is a horror film, so the question is obviously coming whether this film scares you? The answer is yes. Graphics and VFX matter a lot in any horror film and their work is worthy of a compliment in the film. There are many sequences in the film where you will get stunned for a moment.

Talking about the music and background score of the film, there is only one song in the entire film which comes in the beginning. The music and lyrics of the song are remarkable and no doubt that the audience are in love with it. As far as the background score of the film is concerned, which is very important in any horror film, it impresses by giving you the right amount of shock making your popcorn spill.


Overall, the actors have performed well but the storyline of the film failed to bind the audience and bring innovations in the horror genre.

Posted By: Talib Khan