Atithi Bhooto Bhava
On this World Cinema Day, we are moving on to the next new release of the weekend and I finished watching the new Hindi film Atithi Bhooto Bhava streaming on Zee5 and starring Pratik Gandhi. And this is one film that I when in with almost zinch expectations. I did not watch its trailer too and so I knew absolutely nothing that the movie had to offer. This technique of knowing little to almost nothing about a film has started helping me in recent times which allows the film the chance to surprise me as a viewer. So then does Atithi Bhooto Bhava manage to spring a surprise, lets find out.
Story & Screenplay
Atithi Bhooto Bhava follows the story of a young man whose life changes when he encounters a ghost who claims that he is his grandfather in his previous life. What happens next? The story is far fetched but a sweet little fairytale put together which makes for a leisurely viewing. The screenplay standing at a shade under 2 hours makes for a brisk watch.
The drama has a heartfelt tone to it from the very beginning. But the constant shift of tones is what doesn’t allow the audience to settle into the drama. After the initial heartfelt tone, it shifts to a comedy in the current world where the drama shifts to. The comedy does give a fresh look to the drama but it doesn’t make you laugh hysterically. Yes, there are moments which are entertaining and enjoyable(much like today’s earlier release Babli Bouncer) that make the drama consistently watchable.
The conflict in the story is interesting that adds a new dimension to the dynamics of a relationship. We have seen this similar concept in the Anushka Sharma starrer Phillauri but the difference being that there are a few more frivolous moments here as opposed to Phillauri. But honestly, some of the punches do land during this period.
The road trip is a fun concept and here too it has an interesting element to it. I somehow felt that a little more soul could have been added either to make the drama by creating many moments wherein the viewers can start connecting to the characters. Here, the proceedings are fun but lack the emotional connect. The message about love and a few life lessons are nicely integrated in the drama. The final conclusion is beautiful but the events leading up to it did feel a little cliched and sequences which lacked a little clarity. So overall, the screenplay is decently well written although it could have been much better. But this is meant for a leisurely viewing.
Dialogues, Music & Direction
The dialogues are adequate, some lines are beautifully written as well which do leave an impact. The music is good although not memorable. The BGM is alright and blends well with the mood of the drama. The cinematography is outstanding and caotures some breathtaking shots. The editing is decent although at times a little choppy. Director Hardik Gajjar does a pretty good job for most parts of the film barring the final act which could have been executed better. But he is able to hold your attention for most parts of the film which makes his direction quite good.
The performances are quite good here. Prabhjyot Singh as Young Makhan has a charming presence with a disarming smile in a job well done. Simran Sharma as Young Manju is pretty impressive as well. Divinaa Thackur as Suchi looks pretty and does a good job here. Sharmin Segal as Netra has a good screen presence and is fabulous to watch. Jackie Shroff as Makhan delivers a heartfelt performance. Pratik Gandhi as Srikant does a good job too and credit to him for landing some of the punches which may not have been very funny on paper. His Maharashtrian accent is a hit and a miss(wonder if his character could have been a Gujarati, nothing would have changed in the screenplay too) but I could let that pass given that the drama was set in Mumbai, which kind of has a mixed culture resulting in diverse accents. But overall, a good job done!
Atithi Bhooto Bhava is a sweet little fairytale romance which can be watched once. Available on Zee5.