From Phillauri's Shashi to Casper and Bhootnath: Five memorable friendly ghosts on screen

Devansh Sharma

Mar 23, 2017 15:24:26 IST

Anushka Sharma plays a ghost in Anshai Lal's Phillauri but she does not intend to scare you out of your wits.

She plays a friendly ghost who aims to evoke a wide range of emotions in the viewers as she narrates her past life to them. Sharma, as Shashi, is a ghost unlike any ghost we have on screen so far, especially in Hindi cinema.

While cine goers will discover that this Friday, Firstpost recalls five memorable friendly ghosts on Throwback Thursday, from both Hindi cinema and Hollywood, who warmed our hearts.


We adored the friendly ghost who kept smiling all the time. He was animated, both in his texture and his expression. In fact, he was the first CGI (Computer Graphic Imagery) protagonist of a feature film when he appeared in Brad Silberling's 1995 fantasy comedy.


Amitabh Bachchan in Bhoothnath

Can a child and a ghost ever be on the same page? Their relationship is always that of the 'scarer' and the 'scaree'. Well, Bhoothnath proved it wrong. Amitabh Bachchan played Bhootnath who referred to Banku, the 10-year oldish kid as 'buddy'. In fact, the character of Bhoothnath was so popular that he even contested an election in the sequel, Nitesh Tiwari's Bhoothnath Returns.


Dr Malcolm Crowe in The Sixth Sense

A child is terrified by his ability to talk to the dead. He consults a child psychologist and pours his heart out to him, an intriguing character played by Bruce Willis. Little did the child, or even the audience know, that Willis turned out to be a ghost himself, a friendly one at that.


Rosie in Talaash: The Answer Lies Within

One of the most fascinating characters from the film, Kareena Kapoor Khan plays a seductive ghost in this Reema Kagti psychological thriller that tiptoed on the fine line between reality and fantasy. Her baggage of being a sex worker adds layers of vulnerability of her character, who avenges her death with unsettling poise.


Hero in Hello Brother

How can you get scared by a ghost who looks like Salman Khan? Hero (Salman's character) has unfinished business to resolve but never took his mission too seriously in the film. While Kareena's character of Rosie seduced her rescuer Aamir Khan to attain salvation in Talaash, Salman's character Hero would just pester Arbaaz Khan until he conceded to his demands.

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(All pictures courtesy: Youtube)

Updated Date: Mar 23, 2017 15:24:26 IST