'Bhootnath Returns' treat at Rashtrapati Bhawan for Amitabh Bachchan and President Pranab Mukherjee

Written by PTI | New Delhi | Updated: Apr 19 2014, 03:06am hrs
Amidst the hustle and bustle of Lok Sabha elections, President Pranab Mukherjee spent a relaxed evening with Amitabh Bachchan watching his latest movie 'Bhootnath Returns' at Rashtrapati Bhavan here.

71-year-old Amitabh Bachchan plays a ghost-turned-politician who enters the electoral fray to rid the country of corruption and other ills which he finds rooted deeply.

The movie, released on April 11, also sends a strong message to the viewers about the importance of voting.

Amitabh Bachchan said it was a rare honour for him and the crew that the President consented to watch the film at a private screening in Rashtrapati Bhawan along with a select gathering.

"We weren't expecting that the President would agree to a screening here, considering his busy schedule. But this is pertinent to the current scenario and is topical and relevant at present. I wanted the head of nation to watch it and give his opinion about it," he said at the screening last night.

It is about an elderly man who dies and goes to the ghost kingdom where he is mocked at for his failure as a ghost, as he was unsuccessful in scaring off a kid, he said.

He decides to redeem himself when ghosts tease him and ends up searching for a child to terrify. He befriends 14-year-old Parth Bhalerao, who plays role of 'Akhrot', a slum kid, and helps him take on the country's most powerful politician.

"It details how the duo (ghost and the kid) realise the depth of issues like corruption rooted in the country and how the slum kid coerces Bhootnath to fight an election," a smiling Amitabh Bachchan told the audience.