Sensuous sexy Sayali Bhagat and Shiney Ahuja’s comeback film, ‘Ghost’ has kept the audiences spellbound with its spine chilling thrill.
The first horror film of 2012 action by debutante director Puja Jatinder Bedi takes place in a hospital and audiences love the action involving doctors, interns, nurses, forceps & scalpels. The film stars Shiney Ahuja as a detective and Sayali Bhagat in stellar roles whereas the lead character of Ghost is played by a Russian actress Julia Bliss. Julia, a gymnast was chosen for the role as a lead actress because of the stunts involved. The Indian film audiences are happy to see an acrobatic ghost for the first time ever.
The audiences are on the edge of the seat right from the beginning when a doctor on duty does the “naughty-naughty” with a nurse in the hospital before the resident ghost bumps one of them off. Audiences know what to expect — loads of sex and gore. Fans have loved Shiney Ahuja, a detective who goes to work driving topless cars and those sports bikes from Dhoom without a helmet. They have also loved Sayali Bhagat quote random paragraphs from the Bible before setting it up for a crucifixion scene involving a certain Mary. The serial killing ghost who specialises in mutilating body parts and pulling out the heart is scary. Then, there's the science versus religion, sceptic versus believer debate. Dance choreographer Sandip Soparrkar has a guest appearance and the audiences have loved his debut and want more of him.
Shiney Ahuja says, “Ghost is a horror film with an aspect of mystery. Audience keep wondering till the end that will happen next. However, at heart Ghost is a love story, which is the soul of the film. In the past, I have done another thriller film Bhool Bhulaiyaa, but Ghost is very different from it and I am happy with its release. When I look at a script, I don't go by its genre. It is the story line that matters to me. Gangster was offered to me as an action thriller, but I saw a beautiful love story in it. For me, Bhool Bhulaiyaa was also a love story of Siddharth and Avni and rest was just a part of their story. Similarly, it was the script that attracted me to do 'Ghost' and not the genre of the film.”
Puja Bedi’s film has God and Devil, represented by an immortal spirit, battling each other. Puja Bedi says, “My film urges the youth to connect to their Power within. Portrayed in the most dangerous encounters between good and evil, audiences will experience for the first time in Indian Cinema the most spine-chilling brutal butchering. The film has nearly twenty five minutes of computer Graphics executed over a period of eleven months by Prime Focus, a company of international caliber. There are sequences and animation that will blow audiences. In the horror space an exceptional amount of achievements in terms of ghost make up, eyes, sequences of ghost multiplication et al. Creation of bats, files, beetles etc, etc. Another first will be that the film intelligently incorporates and adapts some chapters from the Bible.”
A revenge-seeking spirit, who has a soft corner for hearts, is busy at work in a hospital. So the ghastly ghost rips out the heart of her victims. Dr Suhani (Sayali) discovers the body of one such victim and there lies her connect to the case. Enter investigating officer Vijay (Shiney) who is pursuing this as a profession only because he was fascinated by comics as a child, he explains to Sayali, instead of ‘investigating’ the case. Two more ‘ghostly’ murders turn up in the hospital while the lead pair is trying hard to show some sparks of a blooming romance, dancing away in nightclubs and trying to make coffee blindfolded. At that time, it’s us who need the blindfolds though, as we wonder if that’s how the director tried making this film too. Along the way, somehow Shiney also discovers that he is suffering from retrograde amnesia and that he can’t remember anything about a few years of his life after he had participated in a Roadies kind of rip-off show Sadak Chap (so much for being creative). As for the ghost, the spirit on its attack is accompanied by a prototype of Yamraj, but this one’s part saint, part devil representing the good and evil.
Debutante director Puja Jatinder Bedi, the co-producer for films such as “Mangal Pandey”, “Saathiya”, “The Myth”, “Maqbool” is working hard on completing and releasing an ode to horror – Ghost – an original love story that is brutal as hell. The film stars Shiney Ahuja as a detective and Sayali Bhagat in stellar roles. She is the first person to cast Shiney Ahuja after his court case and also the first to release his film. The first-ever truly gory film is an extraordinary depiction for the first time ever in the horror genre of the battle of mystical forces led by angelic powers slaughtering evils for revenge. Sharib -Toshi, the dynamic duo have a penchant for extracting rock soundtrack that promises that the composer duo has gone the whole hog to make the ‘Ghost ’.
Ghost’ urges the youth to connect to their Power within. Portrayed in the most dangerous encounters between good and evil, audiences will experience for the first time in Indian Cinema the most spine-chilling brutal butchering. The film has nearly twenty five minutes of computer Graphics executed over a period of eleven months by Prime Focus, a company of international caliber. There are sequences and animation that will blow audiences. In the horror space an exceptional amount of achievements in terms of ghost make up, eyes, sequences of ghost multiplication et al. Creation of bats, files, beetles etc, etc. Another first will be that the film intelligently incorporates and adapts some chapters from the Bible.
The five songs include ‘Aaja Khatam Sabr kar de’ sung by Sunidhi Chauhan is the most sensual and sexy track and reminds you of Helen of yesteryears. The rock track is also on an equal footing with Shiney into song “Kahan Hai Tu” sung by Sharib Sabri. Another track is ‘Salaame’ which ispeppy and hummable by Shaan sung with a cool attitude, Jalwanuma sung by Toshi Sabri is a soft romantic track with Arabic guitar, Finally Dil ke liye is sound like a big track sung by Javed Ali.
The prosthetic make up was done by experts and it took them hours to complete it and when they finished they were scared of their own handiwork. The crucifixion scene was so real and hard hitting that it sent shivers running down the spines of the cast and crew. Viewers will need a strong heart to watch this scary film. In fact, while watching the rushes, a crew member fainted and several crew members complained of being unable to sleep. They complained of seeing Mary’s face again and again and it scared them.
The Prosthetic Make Up with Anil Pemgirikar masks was done and each ghost get up used to take 3-4 hours per day. Anil dada would have at least 4-5 ghost get ups ready. Other characters in film such as the ward boy had their nose and face fully done with prosthetic. A veteran in the line of prosthetic Anil dada had the back up from the German based Kryolan make up who had sponsored the prosthetics given the theme of the film.