Did it freak them out or were they cool about it? We chat with actors like Amitabh Bachchan, Salman Khan, Urmila Matondkar and others who have played ‘ghosts’ on screen and how it affected them….
I have played a ghost not once, but twice, once in Bhoothnath and then in Bhootnath Returns. I didn’t think that ghosts could be innocent and emotional but I guess it all depends how the writer presents the character. I enjoyed played the ghost Bhoothnath because he was a family guy who loved his son and grandson and the home he lives in. Also he was a ghost who was a children’s favorite. I love playing these lighthearted roles.
I played a ghost Kaali in Karan Johar’s Kaal but the best part was that all along in the film he appeared to be a regular guy and only in the end of the film it was revealed that he was a ghost. Kaali was also the central character in Kaal, a beautiful story. I enjoyed playing the character because the ghost was so different. In real life I have never seen a ghost but I have heard a lot of stories about them which I find very interesting.
In Ram Gopal Varma’s Bhoot my character Swati is shown as a girl who has a ghost of a woman, who allegedly commits suicide, entering her body. And since it is a vicious spirit who kills, I was very disturbed whilst playing this character. In fact I had to take a break after playing Swati. Playing a possessed girl was difficult and there is a lot of mental stress. The film did well but I did not want to play a ghost again.
I played a very interesting character of a ghost, Shashi, in Phillauri. She accidentally participates in a Punjabi wedding when the groom is asked to marry a tree she lives in, as a ritual to ward off bad luck. Since the groom marries the tree she lives in, he unknowingly gets married to her. The tree is then chopped and Shashi’s ghost does not have a place to stay. She starts living with the groom in his house and how he tries to get rid of her forms the crux of the story. It was an interesting part and the film lighthearted and I said yes to playing when I heard the script. There was a lot of hard work in playing Shashi because to show her ‘flying’ I had to be tied to cables, but it was fun on the whole!
In Hello Brother I played a lovable ghost of Hero, a guy who used to work for a courier company. Unlike other ghosts who frighten people I make people laugh in Hello Brother. I immediately said yes to the part because I had never heard of a ghost who makes people laugh. I thoroughly enjoyed playing Hero’s ghost who even after his death keeps playing a ‘pungi’ and I would love to play such a character again.
By- Arti Saxena