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5 Scenes From Akshay Kumar’s ‘Bhool Bhulaiyaa’ That Have Their Own Fandom

By Manasi Rawalgaonkar 17 May, 2022 2 min read
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5 Scenes From Akshay Kumar’s ‘Bhool Bhulaiyaa’ That Have Their Own Fandom

When Priyadarshan’s horror-comedy ‘Bhool Bhulaiyaa’ released in 2007, it delighted both critics and the public. A remake of the 1993 Malayalam movie ‘Manichitrathazu’, the Hindi film features Akshay Kumar, Vidya Balan and Shiney Ahuja. A solid storyline backed by crackling performances (especially Kumar and Balan), foot-tapping music, peak comedy interspersed with supernatural thrills, a surprising psychological twist, and a legendary spectral entity in the form of Manjulika made it an absolute must-watch.

Kumar plays Dr Aditya Shrivastav, a New York-based psychiatrist who decides to investigate a seemingly haunted haveli at the behest of his friend Siddharth Chaturvedi (Shiney Ahuja). Siddharth has recently moved into the family palace with his newly-wed wife Avni (Vidya Balan). Avni opens a forbidden door in the palace and supposedly releases the spirit of a Bengali dancer called Manjulika, unleashing a series of inexplicable events across the haveli. Aditya investigates the affair, and uncovers a startling truth.

Now, as the standalone sequel titled ‘Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2’ releases in cinemas on Friday, May 20, we take a look back at some iconic moments from the OG film that we can’t get enough of.

Kumar’s Aditya makes his first appearance on-screen well after the first hour, and it is worth the wait. Fresh from the Kumbh Mela, Aditya’s quirky appearance coupled with zany shenanigans will have you hitting the replay button. We especially lose it at his hilarious face-off with Siddharth’s aunt, Janki Bu (Rasika Joshi). Watch the scene here.

Right from his memorable entrance, we know Aditya is going to provide oodles of comic relief, and he does not disappoint. This hilarious cross signals scene featuring Aditya, Janki Bua and Siddharth’s cousin Radha (Ameesha Patel) is comedy gold. Watch the scene here.

Just as the audience, like the rest of Siddharth’s family, begin to question Aditya’s credibility as a doctor, his encounter with the haveli ghost Manjulika, eases all doubts. The two have a verbal battle, which ends with Manjulika promising to exact revenge on Durga Ashtami. Watch the scene here.

Kumar isn’t the only actor providing comic relief. While Paresh Rawal and Asrani also flex their comedic chops, it’s Rajpal Yadav’s act as Chhote Pandit that elicits a special mention. As the local priest who undergoes a drastic mental and physical makeover after encountering Manjulika, Yadav is top notch. Watch the scene here.

In case you haven’t watched the movie (we’re totally judging you for that), here’s a major spoiler alert: Avni is Manjulika. Or to be more precise, suffers from dissociative identity disorder and channels Manjulika. Balan truly steals the show when she switches effortlessly from the sweet and oblivious Avni to the terrifying Manjulika. Watch the scene here.

‘Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2’ is out in cinemas on Friday, May 20.

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Tags: #Akshay Kumar#Bhool bhulaiyaa#Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2#Vidya Balan
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Manasi Rawalgaonkar
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