Ghost Review: Artificial Script and Unoriginal Plot Ruins This Nagarjuna Movie

Although director Praveen Sattaru’s “The Ghost” has some nifty action sequences, there’s no gripping story, which is made worse by a contrived script.

by Nagarjuna The ghost competed at the box office with megastar Chiranjeevi’s Godfather, a remake of the Malayalam film Lucifer. But director Praveen Sattaru The ghost is also not quite an original film. It’s a mix of many Hollywood movies, especially Avengers: Endgame and John Wick. The tragedy of reproducing scenes from these films is that both are very popular and audiences can spot them easily.

Nagarjuna plays Vikram, an Interpol officer who is an excellent marksman. His daily job is to take down criminals. Priya (Sonal Chauhan) is his colleague and girlfriend. The duo take down criminals with perfect headshots, just like in a video game. After situations force Vikram into retirement, his anger, triggered by past trauma, ruins his relationship with Priya and they part ways.

Although there is a “romantic” song right at the start immediately after an action sequence, which ruins the initial excitement, most of the scenes in the first half feel relatively fresh. The director mostly manages not to succumb to mainstream movie tropes. However, the promising start does not last long. A retired Vikram now takes on a mission to protect Anita Nair (Anikha Surendran) and her mother Anu Nair (Gul Panag). Anu’s father raised Vikram, so he takes it upon himself to protect them from the impending dangers of their business rivals.

Whether Vikram succeeds in his mission to protect Anita and Anu shapes the rest of the story. The ghost has multiple action sequences. And Nagarjuna and Sonal nail those streaks. The action choreography is fluid. However, it’s the weak and predictable story that makes the film a repeat festival. There is no compelling drama, which is made worse by a contrived storyline. After Nagarjuna started working as a “freelancer”, the enemies he encountered in the past in Dubai are somehow part of the story that is happening in Ooty, India. Priya, who joined the Narcotics Control Bureau in Mumbai, is also part of this story. The world is really small I guess.

Gul Panag’s poor lip synch also spoils the enjoyment of watching the movie. It can easily be understood that the actor is speaking lines in Hindi. Some of the infographics are also poorly executed. In a scene, when a man’s severed head is shown, it can be said to be a mannequin.

The director leans heavily on the audience’s penchant for violence and fascination with big guns. So we obviously have a KGF and VikramName– like a gun scene in slow motion. But at least the background score should have been a bit original.

The ghost rests on the shoulders of Nagarjuna, who delivers the performance expected of him. But other than that, most of the characters are just stereotypes that only exist to drive the story. Sonal doesn’t get much screen time, but it makes up for it with an action episode where she fights a villain. Anikha is a typical rich kid who eventually turns into a quiet, obedient girl like in most movies. Additionally, Praveen Sattaru incorporates popular scenes and tales from Hollywood movies into his story wherever it gets boring and feels like he’s patchwork for a flat tire. But the tire suffered many punctures. Better to replace it with a new tire!

Disclaimer: This review was not paid for or commissioned by anyone associated with the film. Neither TNM nor any of its critics have any commercial relationship with the film’s producers or any other members of its cast and crew.