Meandering its way to the ticket windows and rising above criticism, debutant Bhanu Pratap Singh’s Bhoot Part One: The Haunted Ship, starring Vicky Kaushal in the lead, opened to decent numbers. The national crush’s loyal fans and Maha Shivratri holiday aided in the collection of Rs 5.10 crore on the opening day. Also Read - 'Chandro Tomar Aka Shooter Dadi's Spirit Will Never Die', Saand Ki Aankh Director Tushar Hiranandani Mourns Loss Of A 'Wonderful Personality'
Sharing the initial figures on his social media handle, Indian film critic and trade analyst Taran Adarsh wrote, “#Bhoot opens on expected lines… The genre has its loyal audience in mass pockets + with strong title-value, should’ve opened to higher numbers… #MahaShivratri partial holiday also contribute to its total… Needs to increase speed on Day 2 and 3… Fri ₹ 5.10 cr. #India biz. #VickyKaushal versus #VickyKaushal… *Day 1* biz… 2019: #Uri ₹ 8.20 cr 2018: #Raazi ₹ 7.53 cr 2020: #Bhoot ₹ 5.10 cr 2018: #Manmarziyaan ₹ 3.52 cr 2016: #RamanRaghav 2.0 ₹ 1.10 cr Note: #Sanju is not included in this list. #India biz. (sic).” Also Read - List of Bollywood Celebs Who Are Helping People in Fight Against COVID-19
Produced by Karan Johar under his home banner, Dharma Productions, Bhoot features Vicky playing the role of a servicing officer who has been assigned to examine a stranded ‘haunted’ ship that has appeared at the coast of Mumbai from nowhere. The moment he steps inside the ship, strange things start happening to him. Vicky’s character gets stranded inside the ship as the ghost of a kid tries to kill him. In one of the scariest scenes, the ghost of the girl is seen walking upside down on the ceiling of the room.
The film features Vicky Kaushal and Bhumi Pednekar in important roles. A flood of disappointment from fans trended on Twitter on the opening day as they compared Vicky’s performance with that in Uri and Raazi and concluded that Bhoot failed to spook-out and aimlessly stocked scary moments.