Horror films are hardly made in Tollywood and it is a not genre which Tollywood is comfortable at handling as they tend to make a mess of it. Hardly any horror films have been made in Tollywood in the recent past. In fact coming to think of it, the only film which has been made is ‘Raat Barota Paanch’ which was a terrible film and a box office disaster as well.Bhoy is supposed to be a horror-thriller, but well what does it turn out to be?
It is about a young couple Amitava and Rupsha who are on the lookout for a place to rent. With the help of a broker, they find a house whose owner Mr. Bhattacharya tells them that the previous tenant of the house, a young lady had committed suicide with her son. From the very day, people around them start acting weird and in fact Rupsha witnesses uncanny happenings in the house. Later on the spirit of the previous tenant who was also called Rupsha takes over the body of Rupsha and she is possessed. In fact she also murders the chowkidar as she is now possessed.Amitava, her husband gets a psychiatrist who tells him that his wife has a multiple personality. His maidservant tells him to get a tantrik to solve the situation as his wife is possessed by a spirit. The tantrik and the psychiatrist solve the mystery-the previous tenant Rupsha had been raped and murdered by the landlord Mr. Bhattacharya’s son, Joy and the chowkidar and the chowkidar had also killed the young boy of Rupsha.Rupsha(Amitava’s wife) becomes normal and no one stays in that house any more
The problem with filmmakers in Tollywood is that they don’t what to with the subject matter especially when they make a horror film. They think that though horror is the main theme, to make it more entertaining , some masala should be added to it like a song, dance, some romance(though this film doesn’t have any) and maybe some other elements. Otherwise how do you explain the presence of a weird song and dance number suddenly in the middle of the song which completely spoils the mood of the film ?Such inaccuracies along with certain other things make it laughable. Certain things in the film seem to have been forced to try and frighten the audience. Like for example when the chowkidar continues to stand in front of Rupsha even after she has dismissed him or certain other moments in the film including some scenes involving the maid servant. The background music is appropriate as is the only song of the film, a haunting song typically heard in horror films. ‘Welcome to the Land of Bhoy’ doesn’t jell at all. The screenplay is very weak. You even have a confrontation between a psychiatrist and a tantrik played by Satabdi Roy, someone who has even done masters in ‘Para Psychology’!My!My!The lead actors are okay though Sarbari Dutta as Mala , the maidservant is quite good. However one felt she was too well dressed to be a maid servant! No wonder even Abhishek Chatterjee playing the psychiatrist even mistook her to be Amitava‘s wife in the film! The film didn’t horrify anyone though it didn’t evoke laughter either or rather it certainly wasn’t heard. The film will also have a sequel which will release this year called ‘Bhoy 2’.The producer Saibal Chakrabarty again appears in the song and dance number and lives up to his name of appearing in every film produced by him till date and even singing in them!