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(Last Updated On: 15 January, 2020)
Review of Netflix's Ghost Strories
Ghost stories review

Name – Ghost Stories (2020)

Available on – Netflix

Directors – Karan Johar

Zoya Akhtar

Anurag Kashyap

Dibakar Banerjee

Cast – Sobhita Dhulipala, Janhvi Kapoor, Mrunal Thakur, Surekha Sikri and others

About the story – The successful quartet of Zoya Akhtar, Anurag Kashyap, Karan Johar, and
Dibakar Banerjee collaborated for their third omnibus of short films, “Ghost
Stories” launched by Netflix India on the 1st Jan 2020. The successful team has
previously directed the critically acclaimed “Bombay Talkies”(2013) and “Lust
Stories”(2018) which too released on the same OTT platform. With such a
promising bunch of directors and having well-known faces like Surekha Sikri
and Janhvi Kapoor on board, one may expect “Ghost Stories” to be nothing
less than a masterpiece. However, this anthology falls short of a variety of
aspects thereby failing to establish horror in the minds of the viewer.

 

Segments –

ZOYA AKHTAR

he successful quartet of Zoya Akhtar, Anurag Kashyap, Karan Johar, and Dibakar Banerjee collaborated for their third omnibus of short films, “Ghost Stories” launched by Netflix India on the 1st Jan 2020. The successful team has previously directed the critically acclaimed “Bombay Talkies”(2013) and “Lust Stories”(2018) which too released on the same OTT platform. With such a promising bunch of directors and having well-known faces like Surekha Sikri and Janhvi Kapoor on board, one may expect “Ghost Stories” to be nothing less than a masterpiece. However, this anthology falls short of a variety of aspects thereby failing to establish horror in the minds of the viewer.

ANURAG KASHYAP

Following this story was Anurag Kashyap’s dark tale of a pregnant woman (played by Shobhita Dhulipala) distressed over the fate of her child and has frequent nightmares that hinted towards something strange. The story is awkwardly amalgamated with allusions from movies like “Black Swan” and “Omen”. As creepy as it could get, the audience is made to watch Shobhita feasting on her fetus due to a neurotic disbalance created out of past events. Awkward scenes and unrealistic references hence led to Kashyap failing to put forth his idea to create a spine-chilling horror tale on screen.

DIBAKAR BANERJEE

The third segment by Dibakar Banerjee was more of a political showing villagers of a distant Saugarah preying on fellow humans of the neighboring village Bisgarah, the purpose of which may be unavailability of resources, though not confirmed by Banerjee. This story hits the right chords, gives an adrenaline rush and manages to terrify the audience. The climax ties up the plot perfectly putting everything into a perspective. Furthermore, performances by a Zombie Gulshan Devaiah and child actor Aditya Shetty are a treat to the eyes.

KARAN JOHAR

Last but not least, the concluding story by Karan Johar revolved around a rich newly-wed woman (played by Mrunal Thakur) living in an ancient house with her in-laws, dealing with her husband’s (Avinash Tiwary) mania of talking to his dead grandmother. The cinematography of this story was like most Karan Johar movies. With lavish attires designed by Manish Malhotra, to vintage sculptures and porcelain cultery, Karan Johar didn’t miss out on creating anything on a grand scale but horror. The saving grace was perhaps Tiwary’s promising performance. 

What works –

Cinematography

Storytelling

What doesn’t work – 

Predictable plot

Abrupt endings

Rating – 3.5/5

Decent cinematography, nerve-racking instances, and good performances make Ghost Stories a one-time watch. Watch it for Dibakar’s finesse that keeps this ship anchored to its shore. 

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