Betaal is the Netflix Originals’ web series that released today. It is a horror story wjerein a bunch of zombies attack a group of people in a confined place. The later part of the series is where these people fight their way out.
The web series is set in a small village in central India where tribals are resisting a construction project through a tunnel wherein an East India Company regiment was buried alibe at the time of the I dian Mutiny. The tribals, who stay there have a belief that the evil spirit (Betaal) lives in the tunnel.
The series is a four episode (180 minutes) story which is written by Patrick Graham and Suhani Kanwar.
A special task force led by officer Tyagi (Suchitra Pillai has been led to go ahead for a highway. They name the task Baaz Squad. The second-in-command Vikram Sirohi (Viineet Kumar Singh) and his deputy Ahluwalia (Ahana Kumra), along with the team, reach at the zero ground to realise that it has more to hide than reveal. The gutsy Puniya (Manjiri Pupala) leads the tribal resistance.
Most of the scenes in the web series scare the shit out of you. Probably because of the direction and the sound effects that have been used. Some scenes in the story are cleverly shot but some loses your interest because of lazy direction. If the story telling was paid more attention to, the feel of the film would have been more impactful.
Viineet Kumar and Ahana Kumra gave their soul to the web series by performing the hest they could. Manjiri Pupala as tribal wonder woman was a perfect choice by the makers. Jatin Goswami was true to his character as well. Other than these, nobody really impresses you much for us to talk about them.
The music throughout makes the film interesting. If only the story was more impactful, we would talk more positive about the episodes. The background score keeps you hooked and helps us get scared at some scenes.
Betaal is one of those web series where you expect a lot and gain a little less than that. Although, if you’re a fan of horror, you can definitely binge watch the four episodes at one go and get entertained in this time of lockdown.