After invoking patriotism inside us in 'Uri: The Surgical Strike', Vicky Kaushal is all set to scare his audience or at least he tries to do that. 'Bhoot Part 1: The Haunted Ship' is the first horror venture of Karan Johar's Dharma Productions but will it manage to give the intended chills? Let's find out!
Shipping officer Prithvi (Kaushal) has been assigned to unravel the mystery behind the Sea-Bird ship that comes to Mumbai's Juhu following bad weather. He becomes determined to unsolve the puzzle no matter how many times the situation asks him to stop. But, isn't that is the case with every single horror flick in the world? It seems the protagonist is determined to lose his life at the hands of a ghost and similar is the case with this movie also.
Prithvi has a poignant past that is being juxtaposed to all the current happenings around him. He makes the Sea-Bird his life's mission that otherwise is just filled with emptiness and memories of his family. So, will he be successful or will it cost his life? No, we are not telling you!
Vicky Kaushal is a fantastic actor and all his movies are proofs of this claim. He pulls off this character with utmost decency. His guilt of the past and his scare of the present is quite evident on his face. But it seems it would take more than that to save this sinking 'ship'.
Bhumi Pednekar has got an insignificant screen time so she does not or rather has not been given the opportunity to lift the movie. Ashutosh Rana's character is a weak-written one so you might take him casually in the entire narrative.
The major motive of any horror-genre is to scare its audience through its story-telling, intense background score, computer graphics and make-up and the 'Bhoot' gets a small amount of success in all these fields. But not to an extent that we can actually call it a really scary horror movie.
The background score has been kept subtle, the graphics give away but the cinematography is consistently good. The make-up intends to make the characters look scary but ends up making them look unintentionally funny.
The movie is short but the pace of the story might be exhausting for you. The big reveal at the last might not be so worthy of your time. It definitely gives you a few spooks but that's it.
So, this Bhanu Pratap Singh directorial (his debut as a director and writer) is all in all for Vicky Kaushal's fans. He looks gorgeous and is definitely worth your few hours and money.