Bhoothnath ("Lord of Ghosts") is a 2008 Indian Hindi comedy horror film directed by Vivek Sharma, starring Amitabh Bachchan, Juhi Chawla, Aman Siddiqui, Priyanshu Chatterjee and Rajpal Yadav in lead roles and features Shah Rukh Khan in a special cameo. The film is an adaptation of Oscar Wilde's "The Canterville Ghost".[1] A sequel titled Bhoothnath Returns was released on 11 April 2014. It was released on 9 May 2008, receiving positive reviews from critics. It was well-received by audiences and popular among children, becoming a success at the box office. The performances of the main cast were praised by critics and audiences alike.

Theatrical release poster
Directed byVivek Sharma
Produced byRavi Chopra
Screenplay byVivek Sharma
Sudhanshu Dube
StarringAmitabh Bachchan
Juhi Chawla
Aman Siddiqui
Shah Rukh Khan
Rajpal Yadav
Priyanshu Chatterjee
Music byVishal-Shekhar (Songs)
Salim-Sulaiman (Background Score)
CinematographyVishnu Rao
Edited byK. Vikas
Distributed byB R Films
Release date
  • 9 May 2008 (2008-05-09)
Running time
136 mins
Budget6.8 million (equivalent to 14 million or US$200,000 in 2018)
Box office200 million (equivalent to 420 million or US$6.0 million in 2018)


A young couple sneaks into The Nath Villa, a huge bungalow in Goa, only to discover a ghost haunts the house, causing them to flee. Days later, Aditya and Anjali move into the house with their child Banku. Aditya is an engineer working on a cruise line and is away for it while Anjali hires Anthony, a drunk thief, as a housekeeper. One night, Banku encounters the ghost, whose name is Kailash Nath. Banku nicknames him Bhoothnath, a portmanteau of bhoot (ghost in Hindi) and Nath, his surname.

Though Bhoothnath tries to scare him off, Banku considers him an angel and treats him like a friend. Banku's innocent love melts Bhoothnath's anger and the two soon become best friends. accepts Banku's innocent love and the two become best friends. Bhoothnath's son, Vijay Nath, returns from the United States to sell off the bungalow. Bhoothnath is angry, as he does not want his home demolished, and scares the buyers. Anjali comes to know about Bhootnath's existence and he finally reveals his story to Banku and Anjali.

Many years ago, Kailash Nath had a happy family with his wife Nirmala, son Vijay and Vijay's wife. However, after Nirmala died and Vijay tried to sell the house, Kailash refused to allow it, resulting in an argument. Vijay stormed out angrily for his flight to the US; as Kailash ran after him to stop him from leaving, he fell from the top of the stairs. Unaware that he has just died, Kailash rose and ran after Vijay but it was too late: Vijay had already left. As Kailash walks back inside the house, he sees his own dead body lying on the floor and realizes he is now a ghost.

Aditya and Anjali decide to perform Bhoothnath's final rites to give him salvation. During the ceremony, Vijay arrives and apologizes for his mistakes. He then moves into Nath Villa with his own family permanently, joining Banku and his parents. A distraught Banku arrives at school, missing Bhoothnath, who has disappeared. However, the two are happily reunited when Bhoothnath returns, though he requests Banku and the viewers to hide it.



All songs composed by Vishal-Shekhar with lyrics by Javed Akhtar.

Song TitleSinger(s)
Mere Buddy Amitabh Bachchan, Armaan Malik
Hum Toh Hain Aandhi Koushtuv Ghosh, Aparna Bhagwat, Sharavan Suresh & Sneha Suresh
Banku Bhaiya Sukhwinder Singh
Samay Ka Pahiya Hariharan, Sukhwinder Singh
Chalo Jaane Do Amitabh Bachchan, Juhi Chawla
Mere Buddy (Repeat) Amitabh Bachchan, Armaan Malik
Bhoothnath Theme Instrumental


The film received generally positive response from critics. IMDb rated it 6.9/10, and it's Rotten Tomatoes rating is 76%. At the box office, the film had a good opening, though managed to gross 68 million (US$980,000) among its theatrical run and was declared semi-hit by Box Office India.[2]


As the movie finished with a "to be continued" ending, a sequel to Bhoothnath was expected but there was no clear intention. Amitabh Bachchan and the original production team announced a sequel, titled Bhoothnath Returns, released on 11 April 2014. Bachchan and Khan reprised their roles, though latter only had a cameo appearance

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