Phone Bhoot Movie Review: Katrina Kaif, Siddhant & Ishaan Khatter’s film called extremely hilarious

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The Phone Bhoot is the story of two ghostbusters.
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Phone Bhoot Movie Review: Katrina Kaif, Siddhant & Ishaan Khatter's film called extremely hilarious
Phone Bhoot Movie Review: Katrina Kaif, Siddhant & Ishaan Khatter's film called extremely hilarious

A horror comedy film Phone Bhoot starring Katrina Kaif, Siddhant Chaturvedi, and Ishaan Khatter hit the theatres on Friday.

The movie, which is directed by Gurmmeet Singh and produced by Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani under the Excel Entertainment banner, the film promises to be a fun-filled ride, and the lead actors have indicated that it’s a family-friendly picture that youngsters will also love.

The Phone Bhoot is the story of two ghostbusters. Galileo Parthasarthy aka Guru (Ishaan Khatter) and Sherdil Shergill aka Major (Siddhant Chaturvedi) are best friends who have a fanatical fascination in ghosts and spirits ever since they were children.

They became Ghostbusters after having a fortuitous encounter with a really attractive bhatakti aatma Ragini (Katrina Kaif). Together, they are tasked with assisting these lost souls in finding salvation and thwarting the evil tantrik Aatmaram (Jackie Shroff), who is utilising ghosts for his own evil plot.

Guru and Major want to make money out of their love for ghosts. Sadly, all their business ideas flop. Nevertheless, they continue trying and they host a ‘Moksha Party’. As several partygoers confirm their presence, it turns out to be a success. They are all ghosts, of which Major and Guru are unaware of. Ragini is one such ghost.

She reveals to them that they have the power to see the dead people. She therefore suggests that they develop a phone line for people who want to get rid of ghosts as a business venture. Major and Guru first object.

But when their dads show up at their home, demanded payment of Rs. 5 crores, the total sum spent so far on their sons. Three months are allotted to them during this time. Major and Guru are left with no choice but to agree, though they are unsure about Ragini’s motivations.

Their initiative is initially heavily ridiculed. Their business plan later succeeds once they begin solving cases. Additionally, it puts them in Atmaram’s (Jackie Shroff) bad books, who captures ghosts who are attempting to achieve “moksha” (salvation).

Siddhant and Ishaan have good chemistry which means their scenes are fun to watch. But it is only after Katrina’s entry that film truly comes to life.

But immediately it hits a brick wall as the makers decide to put a Katrina dance number in there just as the story is developing. And that’s something that plagues Phone Bhoot throughout. Just when things threaten to get interesting, the story derails and goes off on a tangent.

The actors give it their best shot and manage to save the movie. Ishaan and Siddhant play their roles brilliantly and have terrific comic timing. The movie’s star, Katrina, has a strong screen presence but occasionally struggles with her comic timing. As the evil, a parody of every horror movie villain ever, Jackie Shroff is amusing and charming.

When it comes to its comedy, Phone Bhoot is absolutely hilarious, but it lacks anything spectacular to offer in terms of its ancillary genre. Despite all the issues, a fun watch.

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