Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 (transl. Labyrinth 2) is a 2022 Indian Hindi-language comedy horror film directed by Anees Bazmee, written by Aakash Kaushik and Farhad Samji, and produced by Bhushan Kumar and Krishan Kumar under the banner T-Series Films and Murad Khetani and Anjum Khetani under the banner Cine1 Studios. A standalone sequel to Bhool Bhulaiyaa (2007), the film stars Tabu, Kartik Aaryan and Kiara Advani and follows Ruhaan Randhawa, a fraud psychic who is brought in to deal with the return of Manjulika, a malevolent spirit hell-bent on revenge against the Thakur family.
|Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2|
|Directed by||Anees Bazmee|
|Written by||Aakash Kaushik|
Farhad Samji (dialogues)
|Produced by||Bhushan Kumar|
|Edited by||Bunty Nagi|
|Distributed by||AA Films|
|Box office||est. ₹262.04 crore|
Principal photography began in October 2019 and filming was completed in February 2022. Primarily filmed in real mansions in Jaipur and Lucknow, other shooting locations included Mumbai and Manali. Aaryan lost his voice momentarily while performing for the climax sequence of the film. The film's score was composed by Sandeep Shirodkar while the songs were composed by Pritam and Tanishk Bagchi, with lyrics written by Amitabh Bhattacharya, Sameer, Yo Yo Honey Singh, Mandy Gill and Saaveri Verma. It features a remix single of the 2007 film's title track by Neeraj Shridhar.
Initially set for release on 31 July 2020, Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 was delayed owing to the COVID-19 pandemic. It was theatrically released in India on 20 May 2022 and received generally positive reviews from critics, with particular praise for Tabu's performance. As of 23 June 2022[update], the film has earned ₹262.04 crore (US$34 million) worldwide to become the second highest-grossing Hindi film of 2022.
In a mansion of Bhawanigarh, 2004: priests confine a malevolent spirit, which is hell-bent on attacking the family's daughter-in-law Anjulika to a room. The family desert the mansion for their safety.
18 years later, 2022 in Himachal Pradesh: Ruhaan Randhawa meets Reet who is on her trip to her hometown Bhawanigarh, Rajasthan via Chandigarh to marry her fiancée Sagar reluctantly. They board a bus to Chandigarh but cut short their journey for attending a music carnival and later perceive that the bus they were supposed to travel in met with an accident killing every passenger. Reet's family, the owners of the mansion that was deserted eighteen years ago assume her to be dead and Reet tries contacting her family but on the one phone call; which the receiver and Reet's cousin Trisha could not hear; Reet overhears a conversation between Trisha and Sagar revealing their affair. To stand them a chance for getting married, Reet plays along her family's presumption about her demise and travels to Bhawanigarh with a hesitating Ruhaan.
They decide to hide in the deserted ancestral mansion but Chote Pandit, a priest spots the doors of mansion opened and informs Reet's family, The Thakurs. The Thakurs and the villagers enter the mansion and spots Ruhaan, who covers up the situation by lying that Reet's spirit led him there and her final wish is to see her family living in the ancestral mansion and too her sister Trisha's wedding. Under Ruhaan's influence, The Thakurs fix Trisha's wedding with Sagar. Due to his presumed ability of communicating with spirits, Ruhaan becomes popular as Rooh Baba. Ruhaan and Reet fall in love with each other. When Ruhaan is led to the room where the spirit was trapped, Anjulika: Reet's sister-in-law warns him to stay away from the room and reveals the past.
The spirit is of Manjulika: Anjulika's twin. The sisters migrated to the mansion when their father was asked to manage the accounts for Thakurs. Their father's favouring Anjulika's talents over Manjulika instilled jealousy in the latter that turned into hatred for her sister as the years passed. Both the sisters fell in love with Uday Thakur, Reet's elder brother in 2004, eighteen years ago. However, Uday reciprocated Anjulika's feelings leaving Manjulika fuming and deceived. Manjulika, who sought solace in learning Black Magic decided to use it as a weapon against Anjulika. After Anjulika and Uday's wedding: the same night, Manjulika brutally stabbed her father for finding her truth and set out to murder Anjulika but she saved herself and stabbed Manjulika in self-defense killing her. Despite being dead, Manjulika did not leave the family alone as her spirit continued to harm them and paralyzed Uday by pushing him off the balcony. The priests captured Manjulika to a room in the third floor.
At present, Reet's father reveals to Ruhaan that Manjulika's curse had killed eight members of their family. One night, Chote Pandit finds Ruhaan and Reet roaming around the mansion and discovers the truth. With the help of his elder brother Bade Pandit and his wife whose business is being affected due to Ruhaan's popularity; Chote Pandit spearheads a search in the mansion. Knowing that no one would enter Manjulika's room, Reet resolved to hide there and Chote Pandit's accusations are proved false to the family. Freed, Manjulika attacks Anjulika, who discovers the truth about Reet being alive and joins hands with Ruhaan and Reet to ward off the spirit. They take help from the same priest who captured Manjulika's spirit but he tells them that he requires three days. Manjulika's spirit possesses the priest that makes him kill his disciples before being killed by himself. Ruhaan encounters the spirit and falls off the terrace out of fear.
Ruhaan returns to the palace, conversing in Bengali and claims himself to be Manjulika revealing that he is possessed. The Thakurs spot Reet and learn that she is alive. Ruhaan attacks Anjulika who uses Reet as a human shield by threatening to slit her throat if Ruhaan attacks her and addresses him as "Anjulika" that confuses the family. Ruhaan reveals that he has been putting up an act of being possessed by the spirit and reveals that the trapped spirit is all along Anjulika and the one who has been living with the family for eighteen years is Manjulika.
Eighteen years ago, after killing her father with the help of priest revealed to be Manjulika's accomplice, Manjulika influenced Anjulika using her Black Magic and stole her identity. Disguised as Manjulika under the influence of Black Magic, Anjulika attacked Manjulika who stabbed her to death under pretext of self-defense. When Uday discovered the truth, Manjulika pushed him off the balcony paralyzing him thus disabling him from revealing her truth. She also killed eight members of the family for learning about the truth. Presently, Anjulika's spirit attacks Manjulika and captures her in the room, she was trapped in for eighteen years. Anjulika's spirit has a moment with her family and asks Reet's father to forgive Reet for her lies as she has done it for Trisha. She thanks Ruhaan and asks the family to leave as she has unfinished business with her sister. While Anjulika enters the room and Manjulika's screams are heard, the family deserts the mansion for second time.
- Tabu in dual roles as Anjulika Thakur and Manjulika
- Kartik Aaryan as Ruhaan Randhawa a.k.a. Rooh Baba
- Kiara Advani as Reet Thakur
- Rajpal Yadav as Chhote Pandit
- Amar Upadhyay as Uday Thakur
- Sanjay Mishra as Bade Pandit
- Mehak Manwani as Trisha Thakur
- Ashwini Kalsekar as Panditain: Bade Pandit's wife
- Milind Gunaji as Thakur Vijender Singh: Reet's father
- Karmveer Choudhary as Mukhiyaji: the village's chieftain
- Rajesh Sharma as Kulwant Thakur: Reet's uncle
- Samarth Chauhan as Potlu: Reet's cousin
- Govind Namdev as Tantrik Baba: the spirit hunter
- Vyoma Nandi as Rajjo Thakur: Reet's cousin
- Kali Prasad Mukherjee as Debanshu Chatterjee; Anjulika and Manjulika's father
The sequel of Bhool Bhulaiyaa (2007) was officially announced on 19 August 2019. Bhushan Kumar, chairman of T-Series, had long considered creating a franchise based on their 2007 production Bhool Bhulaiyaa. Aakash Kaushik and Farhad Samji had two separate scripts prepared for their independent films. Samji felt that elements of their two scripts could work together for a new film, and they pitched the idea to producer Murad Khetani. Khetani felt the idea had promise and could work as a sequel to Bhool Bhulaiyaa.
Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 began filming on 9 October 2019 and wrapped up on 25 February 2022. Aaryan lost his voice while filming the climax sequence of the film. It was filmed in a real mansion. Filming was occurring in Lucknow, before the pandemic disrupted schedule. It was shot in Mumbai and Manali.
|Bhool Bhulaiyya 2|
|Soundtrack album by|
|Released||1 June 2022|
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
The music of the film was composed by Pritam while Tanishk Bagchi appeared as the guest composer for recreating the title track along with Pritam. The lyrics were written by Amitabh Bhattacharya, Sameer, Yo Yo Honey Singh, Mandy Gill and Saaveri Verma.
The song "Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 - Title Track" was recreated from the title track for the 2007 film Bhool Bhulaiyaa which was sung by Neeraj Shridhar and written by Sameer. The recreated track contains an additional verse composed by Pritam, lyrics of which are written by Mandy Gill along with Sameer's original lyrics. Neeraj Shridhar reprises his vocals on the song, with rap by Mellow D and Bob.
The song "Ami Je Tomar/Mere Dholna Sun" from the prequel was also retained in the film. Shreya Ghoshal, who sung "Mere Dholna" in Bhool Bhulaiyaa, reprised her voice for the song. There are three versions of the song with Ghoshal's vocals, those being "Mere Dholna" (The Sisters), "Mere Dholna" (Revisted) and "Ami Je Tomar/Mere Dholna Sun (Kiara's Scare)", which is a duet with Arijit Singh. Singh has also sung two other versions of the song: "Mere Dholna" (Arijit Version) and "Ami Je Tomar Tandav", the latter of which was sung by Tushar Joshi for the film version, replacing Singh. Sreerama Chandra has sung another version of the song in the film, that being picturised on the father of Manjulika and Anjulika (played by Kali Prasad Mukherjee). This version is only heard briefly in the film and not included in the official soundtrack.￼
All music is composed by Pritam except where mentioned.
|1.||"Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 - Title Track" (co-composed by Tanishk Bagchi)||Mandy Gill, Sameer||Neeraj Shridhar, Mellow D, Bob||3:31|
|2.||"Hum Nashe Mein Toh Nahin"||Amitabh Bhattacharya||Arijit Singh, Tulsi Kumar||3:58|
|3.||"De Taali"||Amitabh Bhattacharya, Yo Yo Honey Singh||Yo Yo Honey Singh, Armaan Malik, Shashwant Singh||3:30|
|4.||"Mere Dholna" (Arijit Version)||Sameer||Arijit Singh||6:04|
|5.||"Ami Je Tomar Tandav"||Sameer||Arijit Singh||2:23|
|6.||"Ami Je Tomar Tandav" (Film Version)||Sameer||Tushar Joshi||2:24|
|7.||"Ami Je Tomar/Mere Dholna Sun" (Kiara's Scare)||Sameer||Shreya Ghoshal, Arijit Singh||1:38|
|8.||"Mere Dholna" (The Sisters)||Sameer||Shreya Ghoshal||2:25|
|9.||"Mere Dholna" (Revisited)||Saaveri Verma, Sameer||Shreya Ghoshal||2:32|
Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 received positive reviews from critics. A critic for Bollywood Hungama gave the film four and a half stars out of five and wrote, "Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 is a complete entertainer and works due to the splendid combo of horror and comedy." Pallabi Dey Purkayastha of The Times of India rated it three and a half stars out of five and wrote, "Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 is an agglomeration of grief and the grieving." Rohit Vats of Daily News and Analysis gave it three and a half stars out of five and wrote, "Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 is an out and out entertainer and next in the line of typical Bollywood 'masala' films." Avinash Lohana of Pinkvilla rated the film three stars out of five and wrote, "Kartik, Kiara and Tabu live up to their parts. The film has a mass appeal and the potential to bring the audience back into the theatres." Tushar Joshi of India Today similarly gave the film three stars out of five and wrote, "Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 has all the masala and makings to satiate the taste buds. It’s funny in places, tries to be scary most of the time, but like its title, its efforts get somewhere lost in a maze." Bharathi Pradhan of Lehren also gave it the same rating and wrote, "Tabu proves once again that she's a rare blend of versatility in performance with an arresting face. It’s not the kind of film where you stop to look for logic."
Rohit Bhatnagar of The Free Press Journal rated the film three stars out of five and wrote, "Horror-comedy is a tricky genre, but Anees Bazmee dabbles with funny one-liners and jump scares together quite well." Devesh Sharma of Filmfare, also with three stars out of five, wrote, "Watch the film for Tabu's and Kartik's performances and for its comic elements." Nandini Ramnath of Scroll.in also gave the film three stars out of five and wrote, "Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 moves along on its hero’s insouciance, Tabu’s screen presence, and patches of entertaining comedy." In a mixed review, Sukanya Verna of Rediff.com rated the film two and a half stars out of five and found that the film did not take itself seriously to its strength, writing, "Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 is a silly scary movie that knows it is a silly scary movie." Shalini Langer of The Indian Express rated the film two stars out of five and felt the humour could have been more sensitive: "There are repeated jokes at the expense of an overweight child and a hard-of-hearing pandit." With one and a half stars out of five, Tatsam Mukherjee of Firstpost lamented for the sequel having no narrative relation with the previous film, writing, "While the 2007 film used the vessel of a horror film to tell a rather important story about mental illness, the sequel regresses into actual bhoot-pret (ghost-spirits)."
The film showed a jump in collections on third day. There has been a uniform growth of about 35 to 40 percent on the second day, and this is a sign of acceptance from the audience. Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 earned ₹14.11 crore (US$1.9 million) at the domestic box office on its opening day. On the second day, the film collected ₹18.34 crore (US$2.4 million). On the third day, the film collected ₹23.51 crore (US$3.1 million) taking total domestic weekend collection to ₹55.96 crore (US$7.3 million).
As of 23 June 2022[update], the film grossed ₹219.43 crore (US$29 million) in India and ₹42.61 crore (US$5.6 million) overseas, for a worldwide gross collection of ₹262.04 crore (US$34 million) to become the second highest-grossing Hindi film of 2022.
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