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Betaal reviews

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Here's what critics are saying about Betaal featuring Vineet Kumar Singh, Aahana Kumra, Suchitra Pillai, Jitendra Joshi, Syna Anand, Jatin Goswami,Manjiri Pupala, Ankur Vikal, Richard Dillane and others:

Shah Rukh Khan’s Netflix zombie show is dead on arrival (Hindustan Times)

Like Avatar set in rural India, Betaal examines ideas of corruption, oppression and disenfranchisement, but it goes about it in such a shoddy manner that it does a disservice to both its underrepresented subjects and the horror genre in general. The zombies in Betaal not only run, they also use artillery, strategise, jibber-jabber, and, in one prime example of unintentional comedy, fly. George A Romero, God rest his soul, must be rolling in his grave. Boasting the involvement of big banners such as horror-specialists Blumhouse and Shah Rukh Khan's Red Chillies Entertainment, among others, Betaal routinely undermines its own timely themes with an over-reliance on needless gore, cheap jump scares, and plot contrivances. Complete review here.

The night is dark and full of errors in new Netflix series (News 18)

Whenever the show tries to add dimensions, it becomes funnier, like the moment anybody starts taking orders from the corrupt seniors, their hair turn white. Who said OTTs treat the audience’s intelligence differently than the traditional films? The makers are really angry with the fallacies of the liberal economy as they keep hurling abuses at the capitalist demons without actually knowing their actual face. I don’t know how the viewers would react in the time when most of us are actually trying to live off minimal resources under lockdown! Complete review here.

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Betaal review: A sloppy mess

If only Betaal had gone down harder on this path, where the invaders are shown what’s what with a clear-eyed who’s who. And a chuckle or two. But it doesn’t quite know which tone to settle for—an old-fashioned morality tale, or a contemporary slug-fest (a shouty TV anchor invites a panelist to go to Pakistan)-- and drowns itself in sentiment (the hero has a dark past). In a recent film (the brilliant Newton) also set in the jungles, swarming with alleged Naxals and cynical armed forces, a character casually terms the undead, ‘jombies’, with an utterly straight face. Betaal’s 'jombies' jingle and jangle in the jungle, and give us a scare or two as they go about biting into flesh and squirting blood, but, net net, don’t really cut it. Pun fully intended. Complete review here.

Netflix zombie series is neither scary nor thematic enough to be a truly immersive experience (Firstpost)

Let's be very clear. No one is expecting Betaal to be a World War Z or I Am Legend. You either like zombie thrillers or you don't. There's no middle ground; there can't be. Betaal tries too hard to walk the middle ground and ends up nowhere. The VFX-work and guerilla-style shooting works to an extent and allows you to escape into the series even though the flaws are glaring. There's enough attention given to female characters — from the meaty Ahluwalia (Kumra packing a punch), to Pillai, who brings some gravitas to her role, and the tribal character Puniya (Manjiri Pupala) who matches to her own beat. But is it enough? The series even touches upon some makeshift humour elements, bringing in the history of British colonialism with references to the Jallianwala Bagh massacre and Bhagat Singh, and even throws in a Brexit reference, but Betaal is too self-involved to subvert the genre and envelop humour into its tone. Complete review here.

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