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Betaal is an Indian fictional horror web series about a battle between modern-day cops and a centuries-old British Indian Army officer with his zombie redcoats. The series is written and directed by Patrick Graham and co-directed by Nikhil Mahajan. Produced by Red Chillies Entertainment, the web series stars Ahaana Kumra and Vineet Kumar Singh in significant roles

Unknown Facts
  • Another Indian original horror series by Patrick Graham after 'Ghoul'
  • Second Web Series of Red Chillies Entertainment on Netflix. Vineet Kumar is part of Both series
Wiki Review: 'Betaal' Is Yet Another Missed Attempt By Netflix On What Could Have Been a Winner Inspite Of Good Jump Scares

After Paatal Lok being probably the most glorious chapter in Indian web history on Amazon Prime Video; Netflix had its own Indian offering in the form of a zombie horror-thriller Betaal. Produced by Red Chillies Entertainment starring Viineet Kumar Singh and Aahana Kumra in lead roles, here's what we think about the show.

Rating- **1/2 (2.5/5)

Fans Comments
Betaal - the show set on the backdrop of zombies, running in wild, entrapped in cave - the shrine, are set open by the bunch of CIPD and the mysteries that unfold makes the show the best nail biting suspense thriller ever. superb cinematography, India's first series with dolby atmos and dolby vision. Proud that India takes this content to world level with the best VFX, and not just that, alongside that it is also dubbed in foreign languages, to take the beautiful stories far and wide. Awesome storyline.

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Betaal is a story set in an Indian village which is occupied by tribal people. There's a tunnel in the village which according to the villagers should never be opened as there is a presence of a strong force in it. The 4 part series was surprisingly good throughout with a few terrifying scenes. The tale is gripping , fast-moving but kind of predictable at times. Overall the first season was a great start for the upcoming seasons, especially the last scene was completely unpredictable. I will be eagerly waiting for the upcoming seasons , and hope the series improves by every season!! Great Indian Content!

Negative Reviews
If you are habitual of watching good series, please skip this one. This is even worst than Ghoul. Whomsoever is giving a good review, I am sure they haven't watched good series so far and there is a possibility that they like watching Ekta Kapoor's horrible serials. Three words for this series: pathetic, horrible, disappointment.

I am big fan of SRK but don't expect these type of Webseries. Red chillies produced this webseries Full time wastage of audience. Lead actors n actress have no sparks to do his/her acting. Director trying for horror but horrible mistake in story line. Story narration misguided by script director.

Really- what happened dude???? This was such a waste of time. It was so pathetic. It was like a 5 year old making up stories or he had 3-4 dreams together and made a story out of that. Bad acting and worst outcomes. Please please stop creating and producing this kinda poor content.

Positive Reviews
Betaal is a perfect entertainer. Proper blend of horror, thriller and wonderful performances. Although, there is little space for comedy some one liners are so good, they make you laugh out loud and you will be smiling remembering it after finishing the series. The biggest plus point is, it isn't feel dragged for a single moment. The editing is crisp and so is the background score. The rich production value takes it to a whole new level. If you are looking for something new and exciting go for it.

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Viineet Kumar is an actor and writer, known for Gangs of Wasseypur (2012), The Brawler (2017) and Bard of Blood (2019).

Born and brought up in Lucknow, Aahana moved to Mumbai during her childhood making the shift from LaMartiniere Girls College, Lucknow to Mary Immaculate Girls High School, Mumbai.

Soon after she completed school, she involved herself with the Prithvi Theatre in Mumbai where she eventually realized that the stage is her first love. From being a backstage helper to selling tickets, she enjoyed every aspect of the wondrous world of Theatre.

Even after a degree in Commerce and Economics and a vocational advertising diploma from HR College, Mumbai, Aahana knew a desk job wouldn't cut it for her. She joined the first batch of Whistling Woods to learn everything there is to know about acting and to further solidify her talents.

Her professional stint with theatre began with Akvarious Productions and she went on to do several plays with Naseeruddin Shah's theatre company - Motley - where she played leading roles in productions such as 'By George' and 'Arms and the Man'.

In the meantime, she also started exploring advertising campaigns and has worked on commercials for reputed brands such as Garnier, Red Label Tea, SBI Life Insurance, Revlon, Cox and Kings etc.

She worked with Makrand Deshpande on a play called 'Sona Spa' which was eventually turned into a film and gave her a taste of cinema acting. However, her strong passion for theatre continues and she is currently part of the acclaimed production 'Sir Sir Sarla'.

In 2013, she was awarded an opportunity to work on a series that would change the landscape of Indian television - "Yudh" - a 20-episode show with Anurag Kashyap starring the legend himself Mr. Amitabh Bachchan. Aahana plays the pivotal role of Mr. Bachchan's daughter.

Suchitra Pillai is an actress, known for The Valley (2017), Dil Chahta Hai (2001) and 24: India (2013). She has been married to Lars Kjeldsen since May 20, 2005. They have one child. She was previously married to Pawan Malik

Jatin Goswami is an actor, known for Betaal (2020), Bombay Summer (2009) and Babumoshai Bandookbaaz (2017)

Siddharth Menon is an actor, known for Loev (2015), Betaal (2020) and Peddlers (2012).

Manjiri Pupala is an actress and writer, known for Betaal (2020), Aamer (2016) and Ribbon (2017).

Jitendra Joshi is an actor and writer, known for Shala (2011), Tukaram (2012) and Striker (2010)

Ankur Vikal is an Indian film and theatre actor. He was drawn to acting from his working class upbringing in Gujarat, India, where he grew up listening to his grandfather's stories. His modest beginnings sensitized him to the narratives around him, and drew him to the power of inspiring storytelling.

He received his post-graduate diploma in Acting from the National School of Drama (NSD), New Delhi, in 2000. He is also a trained Architect. He has worked as a multi-lingual stage actor with the Motley Theatre Company and it's director, Naseeruddin Shah, and is highly regarded among critics and theater goers.

Ankur has played the lead in several Motley plays. Ankur's film career began in 2001 with the ground-breaking Indian film Mango Souffle. Ankur also played the role of "Maman" in Slumdog Millionaire, for which he received a SAG award in 2009 for Best Ensemble Cast. His performance as the equally frightening and charming "Maman" was praised by critics and audiences worldwide.

Ankur has completed a creative writing course. He has written a play and some short stories. Currently, he is working on groundbreaking theatre and film productions internationally.

Richard Dillane was born near London. He graduated in philosophy from Manchester University and spent ten years in Australia where he has citizenship through his father and where, besides acting, his occupations included directing for theatre and opera, fruit-picking, demolition and wilderness adventure guide. He returned to the UK in 1994 and has appeared across all media. He and actress Jayne McKenna have three children, all boys, and live in Brighton.
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American streaming giant Netflix is expanding its India slate of original series, and focus on domestic talent is high on its priority list. Shah Rukh Khan’s Betaal, Anushka Sharma’s Mai and a lot of interesting subjects are in the making.

After the much-anticipated launch of Sacred Games season 2 on August 15, the digital entertainment site has content in store over the next months that flaunts Bollywood biggies such as Shah Rukh Khan and Anushka Sharma. Netflix on Tuesday announced five new original series, exploring the worlds of deadly zombies, scary gangsters, stand-up comics and daring friends, in a bid to tell diverse Indian stories and reach out to the domestic market in a more aggressive way.

Shah Rukh Khan Ventures Into Netflix’s Zombie-Drama Betaal; More Interesting Projects Announced!“Bombay Begums”, created, written and directed by Alankrita Shrivastava, will follow the journey of five women in contemporary urban India, who wrestle with desire, ethics, personal crises and vulnerabilities to own their ambition. Shrivastava feels “Bombay Begums” is an attempt to tell a story about the lives of urban Indian women with honesty.

“I hope women — and maybe some men — can connect to this story, no matter what their background, because maybe we are all trying to find ourselves and our place in this world,” she said.

Another project that has raised curiosity is the Anushka Sharma-backed “Mai”, which will tell a tale of a 47-year-old docile wife and mother, who finds herself sucked into a vortex of violence, power, white collar crime and politics following a personal tragedy.

“Mai” is executive-produced by Anushka Sharma and Karnesh Sharma’s Clean Slate Films and written by Atul Mongia along with Tamal Sen and Amita Vyas. Sudip Sharma is a creative producer.

With the project, Anushka is looking to disrupt the kind of content the audience normally consuming.

“‘Mai’ is an exciting work of fiction that tells the story of a middle-class Indian woman who leads a double-life of a don. At a time when audiences globally are appreciating differential content, ‘Mai’ will hopefully intrigue them and entertain them thoroughly,” said Anushka.

Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan makes a grand entry into the digital space with the spy saga “Bard Of Blood” in September, and will then follow it up with the zombie drama “Betaal”, which is backed by his production banner Red Chillies Entertainment.

In “Betaal”, a 200-year-old British Indian Army officer and his battalion of zombie soldiers are pitted against the Indian police.

Patrick Graham, who previously directed “Ghoul”, will write, direct and be the showrunner of “Betaal”, with Nikhil Mahajan also directing, and Suhani Kanwar sharing writing duties. It will be executive-produced by Blumhouse, known to design some of the best horror content, and Ivanhoe Pictures.

Graham says “Betaal” will bring to life universal conflicts in the engaging and immersive zombie horror genre.

There’s also “Messy”, which will navigate the life of an emerging stand-up comic who struggles to balance a career in comedy with a day job and a demanding family. American actor-director Ravi Patel stars in the series, which he has created and co-written with Neel Shah.

Patel is excited to work on a story of a strong female lead and voice.

“This is a story about a girl finding herself and her place in the world while living in a big city, and we are hoping to create a relatable and authentic story that has a universal resonance,” Patel said.

“Masaba Masaba” is a scripted series based on moments from Masaba Gupta’s life. The show follows her unique background, the diverse worlds she straddles across fashion and family, and her foray back into the dating world. Masaba and her mother, actress Neena Gupta, will feature in the show, which is directed by Sonam Nair.

Masaba calls the series “an amalgamation of my experiences, personally and professionally”.

“India is home to some of the world’s greatest stories. It’s been thrilling to watch these amazing storytellers embrace artistic freedom at Netflix to create entertaining stories,” Bela Bajaria, Vice President, International Originals, Netflix.

When it comes to its international line-up, Netflix as usual has a lot in the pipeline. “The Crown”, “GLOW, “Queer Eye”, “Orange Is The New Black”, “13 Reasons Why” and “Mindhunter” are among the most anticipated shows lined up over the next few months.
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Official Trailer and Release Date of Shah Rukh Khan’s New Series For Netflix 'Betaal'

Netflix is all set to come up with a series that will bring a chill down your spine titled Betaal. As it has already been reported in the media, Actor Shah Rukh Khan’s produced web series Betaal is a horror-thriller written and directed by Patrick Graham, who previously directed Radhika Apte’s Ghoul.
The latest we hear is the launch date of the series is out. Netflix dropped the trailer of the series and also announced the launch date. The series will be launched on 24th May.

The first look of the series which was recently launched created a lot of buzz, the series is based on a fictional Indian folklore. Its a horror series based in a remote village that serves as the battleground between British Indian Army officer Betaal, his battalion of zombie redcoats, and the Indian police. Betaal stars Aahana Kumra, Suchitra Pillai, Siddharth Menon, Manjiri Pupala, and Vineet Singh in lead roles and Jitendra Joshi, too, recently, joined the cast. Betaal will mark Shah Rukh Khan’s second collaboration with Netflix.
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With Amazon Prime Video continuing and actually, only improving ok its glorious run with Indian content lately, obvious rival and streaming giant Netflix is left way behind in that aspect.

After Paatal Lok being probably the most glorious chapter in Indian web history on Amazon Prime Video; Netflix had its own Indian offering in the form of a zombie horror-thriller Betaal.

Produced by Red Chillies Entertainment starring Viineet Kumar Singh and Aahana Kumra in lead roles, here's what we think about the show.
The premise of the show is amazing as anything can sound in terms of people looking for fresh content. A group of officials (Baaz Squad) are hired to do the dirty work of removing a bunch of tribal inhabitants who are getting in the way of a government project. While the task is rather easy for the squad, what they do not anticipate is unleashing an age-old curse thus resulting in the resurrection of zombies from the British Raj in India and the fight of survival for the officials.

It's fascinating and as original as anyone can get. Barring the current dispute related to the infringement of content from Marathi writers, Betaal manages to achieve moments of brilliance in terms of its design and jump scares.

Having complained about having a decent horror outing in India umpteen times now, Betaal does pull off some novel and genuinely impressive jump scares thus making it a treat for horror lovers indeed. With impeccable sound design, inch-perfect cinematography, and production value, the core agenda of the show is fulfilled.

This is all the more catapulted by staggering acting performances. The ever-reliable Viineet Kumar Singh does a phenomenal job as the leading man of the show and of the squad Vikram Sirohi while Aahana Kumra is impressive as the brash, brave and loyal friend, Ahluwalia. Playing a rather stereotypical 'villain', Jitendra Joshi does his best with the character of Mudhalvan, and Suchitra Pillai is the actor who gets the most layers to portray from being the head of a squad to a possesses woman.

However, the biggest surprise of the lot is indeed Manjari Pupala, who plays Puniya, the tribal woman who comes to the aid of the squad in fighting the evil spirit. Apart from being spot-on with her diction of the tribal language, she is brilliant with her expressions and even scary at instances.

The show is indeed a great addition in the rather bleak book of Indian horror history but still doesn't manage to entirely impress with several flaws. The biggest flaw that the show suffers from is being formulaic. This is all the more disheartening given how fresh the premise is.

Be it the treatment of journalism earlier to the leading character having a back story of facing guilt and a rookie coming in seeing an idol-like figure in the leader to always having that one person who has an issue with the leader - everything is predictable and you know how the fate of these characters will be.

To the show's credit, the final two episodes do manage to blow your mind with horror, scale, and amazement but even then there are moments where you will be left scratching your heads. Having characters utter lines like 'ye goli Bhagat Singh ki' and 'ye hua asli Brexit' are intended for a particular purpose but end up being bizarrely funny.

Even with decent positives going for itself, Betaal isn't the actual winner that Netflix would have wanted. It isn't unwatchable and might in fact be a great watch for horror fans but the overall experience might leave you divides.

Rating- **1/2 (2.5/5)
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