• Despite the uneven writing, the film works because it has heart. I will also say that depicting violence against children to appeal to one’s emotions is wrong on so many levels. Still, “Bhoothnath Returns” is anchored by terrific performances from its central players: Boman Irani, Amitabh Bachchan, and the surprise packet that is Parth Bhalerao.

  • Anupama Chopra
    Anupama Chopra
    Hindustan Times


    Bhootnath Returns is unnecessarily bloated. It has far too much sermonising. The narrative is simplistic and naïve. And yet I recommend that you see the film — because it is also heartfelt, genuinely moving and, for the first half at least, slyly funny.

  • Rohit Khilnani
    Rohit Khilnani
    India Today


    There is no doubt that Bhoothnath will entertain cine-goers.. It’s entertainment .. Bachchan style!

  • Bhoothnath Returns is lightyears ahead of its first part. Told like a socio-political satire in the first half, it suffers when the humor runs out leaving behind an overdramatic climax. For the intelligent story and the umpteenth laughs of the first hour and mostly Parth & Big B’s impervious chemistry, the film deserves a watch. Could have been octaves ahead but doesn’t soar adequately.

  • Taran Adarsh
    Taran Adarsh
    Bollywood Hungama


    …is made with noble intentions and the message it conveys resonates in the second hour, although those looking for entertainment may find it lacking in the second half. Watch it for some wonderful moments and superior performances by Bachchan Sr., Boman Irani and the child artist Parth Bhalerao.

  • ‘Bhootnath Returns’ is watchable because of the timeliness with which it brings you the message, “cast your vote” and “vote for change”.

  • …a film that cannot be missed; especially keeping the elections in mind.
    Watch BHOOTHNATH RETURNS, then go and cast your vote.

  • For a cynic, this might be too idealist a movie and it probably is. An honest man — or a ghost for that matter — winning elections in one constituency by solving simple issues like water and electricity is definitely not going to make a dent in the burgeoning corruption situation in the country. But then, as the boss at the ghost house says, even ghosts need entertainment, entertainment and entertainment. So if we get a bit of that along with a social message, why not? Watch this film.

  • Aparna Mudi
    Aparna Mudi
    Zee News


    Parth as Akhrot makes the movie worthwhile, even with a sluggish second half. It would not be too wrong to say that the young lad acts with the prowess that overshadows Sr Bachchan`s performance at times. He has some of the best moments of the movie and the director has really picked a gem who we hope to see more often on the silver screen.

  • Teena Elizabeth
    Teena Elizabeth


    A stellar star cast, a noble intention packed with a few quick laughs.

  • Prathamesh Jadhav
    Prathamesh Jadhav
    Bollywood Life


    …the real star of the show is somebody else-someone who is at least six decades younger to the big daddy of Bollywood and less than half the size of Mr Bachchan’s larger than life tall frame.

  • Aniruddha Guha
    Aniruddha Guha


    A tedious second half apart, the well-timed political satire has its moments.

  • In the end the film leaves you with a preachy, but timely message. But again, it’s likely to be lost on children. If you don’t mind the supernatural comedy taking a somber turn towards the finale, the film is worth a watch!

  • Rahul Desai
    Rahul Desai
    Mumbai Mirror


    It is disconcerting to suddenly be told that ghosts don’t always result in horror films. In India, they almost never do, because we end up laughing at the screen anyway. Perhaps the term ‘horror comedy’ generates from here. This is also the self-referential humour Bhoothnath Returns, the sequel to Bhoothnath, excels at.

  • While the first half is refreshingly devoid of needless drama, director Tiwari makes up for all that lost time. The climax is loaded with melodrama and tears. But the credit has to go to Akhrot and Bhoothnath for making the twists palatable. Watch this for Bhalerao and Bachchan (in that order).