Boothnath, released in 2008, is an adaptation of the short story, “The Canterville Ghost,” by Oscar Wilde. This version is intended to lift audiences into a world of possibility. It is filled with Bollywood’s best romantic view and designed for adult and child alike. We are given color, childhood remembrances, a loving understanding of the afterlife and best of all, healing relationships.
Boothnath means, “Lord of Ghosts.” But, the star of the story, a small boy named Banku, has been promised by his parents there is no such thing as a ghost. Banku insists so strongly that Boothnath is an angel; the ghost becomes transformed into a caring, protective presence.
We learn how the family of origin grew apart, and the master of the home remained on earth, locked in memories, even after death. Banku builds a relationship with his angel friend that transforms everyone else in the story.
There are three generations of male Bollywood stars in this film. Shahrukh Kahn, Bollywood heart throb, plays an extended supporting role as the father who travels for a living. India National Film award actor Amitabh Harivansh Bachchan, co-stars as the Ghost/Angel, and Aman Siddiqui plays the energetic boy, who often causes trouble at school until his friend, Boothnath offers counsel and advice.
Bollywood films often run for hours, and Boothnath is no exception, timed at 169 minutes. It is available for rent via Netflix, which gives plenty of opportunity to dance around with the musical numbers in the privacy of your own home.
Especially fun was a routine with Banku and all his school chums singing and dancing a school yard rumble. It is pure fantasy and Aman Siddiqui uses some iconic Bollywood dance moves top leading men have performed in award winning films. It is cute, clever and will, undoubtedly assist this young man to a career filled with promise.
Boothnath, translated into English for those of us slow with Hindi, is a rentable delight.