One piece of advice for this movie - don't ask too many questions. The film is
at least 15 years old, and the special effects were designed for an audience that
hadn't seen technical wizardry like in Jurassic Park as children. It is a mythological
period piece (obviously!) - yes, one of the 'once upon a time...' stories.
A wizard asks a favor of the ghost called Bhetaala, and when it refuses, confines him to a tree. Now, the king of that kingdom is missing, and the sex-crazy army general Pratap is living it up. His advances on the princess Jayanti are spurned. Enter village simpleton Subbaiah who makes a deal with Bhethaala - Subbaiah frees it and in return, Bhetaala will make him king. Bhetaala is supposed to possess Jayanti, and, upon the recital of a chant, to leave her. Of course, only our man knows the complicated chant.
The queen offers the princess' hand in marriage to the guy who cures her but when Subbaiah gets there, Pratap throws him in jail. There he meets Chandram who knows some magic. They go to some cave and get magic powers. They then go to the palace as holy men and some old-time comedy follows. Our hero forgets the chant, which prolongs the story a little.
Finally he cures Jayanti, but Pratap brings a Tantrik of his own who defeats the hero's magic and banishes him. When Pratap blackmails Jayanti into marrying him by threatening her parents, she prays to the goddess who restores the hero to health (hmm... now where have I seen that before?). Anyway, the hero obviously wins the climax showdown and Bhethaala takes care of the Tantrik.
This movie does not belong here. Did I mention that it is a 3D film? Though the
novelty is fun at times (some people were actually reaching out), the only thing
the extra 3 bucks (for the 3D glasses) buy you is a headache! Forget story credibility
altogether (there are even a couple of cabarets - one by the apsara Rambha, no
less!). The only thing this film can offer is entertainment for your kids or your
grandmother! Jai Bhethaala!