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DIRECTOR: Ram Gopal Varma
CAST: JD Chakravarthi, Manisha Koirala, Madhu Shalini,
In Bhoot, Ram Gopal Varma has given us a film that worked all its "haunted house" horror tropes well. It delivered chills at frequent intervals, and kept the pace tight, leaving us all spooked.
Bhoot Returns has several similar things. A family moving into a new abode (it was an apartment in a multi-story building in Bhoot; here it is a bungalow surrounded by a garden). A little girl picking up on something strange in the house. A house-help who starts behaving oddly. And a sense of lurking evil.
JD Chakravarthi and Manisha Koirala are parents to two children, the son oblivious to his surroundings, the daughter more susceptible. Very soon, the little girl (Sharma) starts talking about an invisible friend whom she calls 'Shabbo', much to the dismay of her parents, and a tightly-tee-shirted-and-shorts aunt (Shalini). The action moves tightly between day time and night, in the apartment and in its immediate surroundings, and soon enough, bad things begin going bump, and the soundtrack starts filling with creaks and groans and high-pitched moans.
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