Bhoot: The Haunted Ship had all the elements of becoming a great horror film, the movie was well shot, well made with fantastic set design and background score, but the narrative was flat and predictable. So, Prithvi (Vicky Kaushal) who works for a shipping company loses his wife (Bhumi Pednekar) and child in an unfortunate water accident. Years later, still unable to move on, he starts hallucinating them which starts affecting his professional life. He’s posted on a case of a ship that’s stranded on a beach in Mumbai. Upon investigating the ship he falls into some eerie belongings of the past crew of the ship. As he accepts the fact that the ship is haunted, he starts finding out about the whereabouts of the crew members. Prithvi manages to reach the bottom of this situation.
Bhanu Pratap Singh, the director tries balancing the script for masses as well as novice cinema-goers. The hallucination angle is left unexplored, The ship, which could have been central to the horror in the narrative is never used to create horror and chills. Remove ship and put a house, you’ll get your usual horror movie that’s been done to death. Vicky Kaushal used subtlety throughout the mess of a story. He’s believable and more importantly holds the reigns of the narration at places it falters the most. There are no other notable characters in this film.
Bhoot: The haunted Ship had all the elements to be one of Bollywood’s best horror film but was let down by a script and textbook chills.