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Hindi Film review
Film: Gang of Ghosts: Not much of a strain on your senses.
Cast: Anupam Kher, Asrani, Sharman Joshi, Satish Kaushik, Mahie Gill, Parambrata Chatterjee, Meera Chopra,Chunky Pandey, Jackie Shroff, Rajesh Khattar, Brandon J Hill.
Director: Satish Kaushik
Rating: * * ½
Anik Dutta’s surprise 2012 Bengali box-office winner ‘Bhooter Bhabishyat’ appears to be the obvious inspiration for Satish Kaushik’s intended comic entertainer. This film which uses the supernatural to fashion a fairly entertaining byplay of events leading to a clash between residential ghosts and avaricious humans, though not exactly taxing, doesn’t achieve much by way of entertainment.
A haunted mansion in a dilapidated burnt-down Mill compound becomes grounds for an extended family feud. Over time, several generations of ghosts have made the abandoned mansion their abode and when the denoted heir comes to take possession of the said property he is treated to some spooks and spoofs ! To add a little bit of complexity to the light-weight enterprise, we see a film crew, with an adman turned feature director(Parambrata Chatterjee) rekeying around the place, having discussions with a mysterious wannabe writer Raju(Sharman Joshi)who appears to have a winning story.
Unfortunately the same cannot be said about Satish Kaushik’s storyline. It’s inconsistent and goes completely haywire during it’s representation of the other world. Ghosts appear and disappear at will, turn human and back again without much explanation, spring about the mansion and away from it (on a beach) without any clarification on the outer perimeters of this formulaic fantasy. Item dances, rock numbers, cheap production design and haphazardly designed costumes help make speed jumps between periods.
The writing is plebian. The spoofing is poorly engineered. The referencing is even worse-off. The penchant to score a political point is also quite distending. There’s actually nothing funny going on here other than a bunch of has-been actors getting another chance at a new lease. Satish Kaushik’s helming is definitely not as lettered or gravitating as his performances. The performances here are all camp. No room for thoroughbreds at all. Overall, There’s really not much engagement to be had here other than the superficial kind!