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Phone Bhoot Movie Review: Desi Ghostbusters Meet Horror Comedy

Phone Bhoot Movie: Bollywood’s latest offering in the horror comedy genre is full of surprises with just the right amount of spoofy horror and fun we need this season.

Phone Bhoot Movie Review: Desi Ghostbusters Meet Horror Comedy

Phone Bhoot, directed by Gurmmeet Singh (whose credits include Mirzapur and a few episodes of Inside Edge, besides films such as What the Fish and Sharafat Gayi Tel Lene) takes a calculated shot at Bhool Bhulaiya-like whimsy. Produced by Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani under Excel Entertainment, this movie brings consistent twists and turns for a runtime of 2h,16m. 

The movie releases in theatres near you today!

Phone Bhoot Cast 

Phone Bhoot Movie Review: Desi Ghostbusters Meet Horror Comedy

The Movie Stars Katrina Kaif as Ragini Maheshwari, Ishaan Khatter as Gullu, Siddhant Chaturvedi as Sherdil Shergill (Major), Jackie Shroff as Atmaram Dhyani, and  Sheeba Chadha as Chikni Chudail. 

This movie will mark Katrina Kaif’s third venture with Excel Entertainment after Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara and Baar Baar Dekho. It is also the first time that these four stars are working together.


The movie is about two good-for-nothing friends Galileo aka Gullu (Ishaan Khatter) and Sherdil aka Major (Siddhant Chaturvedi), both of them acquire the power to see ghosts and ghouls. A chance encounter with a wandering soul (Katrina Kaif) leads to them becoming Ghostbusters (actually bhootbusters for copyright reasons). Together, they must help these lost souls attain salvation and foil the plans of evil Tantrik Aatmaram (Jackie Shroff), who is using ghosts for his wicked scheme.


The whole movie feels like watching a desi adaption of Ghostbusters delivered with quality humor. Phone Bhoot is a promising film, the movie is smartly written but the execution could have been better at many stances. Parts of Phone Bhoot dial the right numbers, while others simply do not connect, which also works in their favor because those moments prove to be silly and fun.

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The writers have added a fair dose of pop culture references that are often very subtle and hilarious. The songs featuring two Katrinas at one point add the right amount of spice. There are lots of manic moments driven by a cast that is in perfect sync with the madcap spirit of the film. 

Siddhant and Ishaan share phenomenal chemistry which makes their scenes extremely fun to watch. Siddhant Chaturvedi, portraying the brash and quick-on-the-draw Major, fits the bill. But the actor who walks away with the film, and quite smooth at that, is Ishaan Khattar. As the nerdy Gullu, he brings both charm and spunk to bear upon his performance. 

Katrina Kaif with her role in recounted turns and the central figure, a dead woman with a real mission is picture-perfect that draws a major impact. Jackie Shroff is hilarious and delightful as the villain, who is a spoof of every horror villain ever. 

Overall Phone Bhoot hits all the right places, it’s a flowy and fun watch with the added bonus of a brilliant star cast which gives enough reasons to watch the movie on big screens. 

Source: NDTV

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Harjyot Sandhu is an Entertainment & Arts Intern at Empire Weekly. She was born and raised in Mumbai, and recently graduated with Bachelor's degree in Mass Media & Communications. She is an avid geek when it comes to contemporary media and her core interests lie within the entertainment and fitness industry. Harjyot enjoys the ever-changing pace of the world & human evolution.

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