The story which has slashed off a Bengali film by the name Bhooter Bhobishyot. Satish Kaushik makes a muddled up mess out of a perfectly wonderfully scripted idea.
Ideally, there should have been a zero rating for the film because it is a scene by scene copy of the original and still it shocks me how did this one come off to be such a convoluted tale. Contrived, messy and loud, the film is shamefully lousy defying the law of remakes that expects the infusion of some new perspective in a borrowed premise. If you at all want to watch a film, grab a copy of Bhooter Bhobishyot with sub-titles. Anyday a better tale! A leading lady called Ragini once fainted in middle of a shoot in an old dilapidated house. Rumors suggested she had seen a ghost there. A year later, a young filmmaker named Aditya (Parambrata Chatterjee) visits the same place to shoot for a film again. He bumps into a struggling writer named Raju (Sharman Joshi) whom he knows from before who narrates to him the script of a film he has written about the same house.
Picking up the fact that the house his haunted by the spirit of its owner Rai Bahadur Gendamal (Anupam Kher), the film tells the story of how excessive commercialization is creating a crisis for the ghosts in Mumbai who have nowhere to go because all the haunted houses are fast depleting and being converted into high rises and multiplexes. How is the crisis of ghosts a canvas for a Bollywood potboiler, is what Raju’s story is all about.
Gang of Ghosts is a must-avoid film. It is garish, silly and often lame. It would be preferable if people do not tarnish the name of Bhooter Bhobishyot by calling this outlandish a remake of it. It is a mere copy, scene-by-scene, dialogue by dialogue but misses the spirit of the film overall. Quite a poor show. I am going with a generous 1/5.