If you haven’t already, go watch Betaal. It’s a new Netflix zombie-horror show, produced by Shah Rukh Khan’s label, Red Chillies Entertainment. Betaal is an intriguing story based in a remote Indian village, where the remnants of colonizers still remain. This village is a battleground between British Indian Army Officer Lt. Col John Lynedoch, his battalion of zombie redcoats, and the Fictional CIPD force. The show is radical, and makes connections to the current violence perpetuated by the Indian army on Naxals and villagers in remote parts of India, all the while adding the element of zombie horror to the story, upping the stakes immediately.
The cast of Betaal is obviously talented. Starring Vineet Kumar, Aahana Kumra and Suchitra Pillai in the leads, each of them adds a complexity to their characters. The series is written and directed by Patrick Graham and co-directed by Nikhil Mahajan. It released on Netflix on May 24, so you’re not too late to catch it.
While Betaal has received generally poor reviews from critics, and a few positive ones here and there, what really matters is what the fans have to say. Aam janta, Bharat ki public jo bolti hai, woh hi sahi review hoti hai. So we picked up some of the best reviews, summed up within 280 characters, of Betaal, from Indian Twitter handles. Here’s what the aam janta has to say:
This Twitter user used their 280 characters to the max:
#BetaalReview #Betaal Gripping & Terrifying.. Edge of the seat entertainer.. 1st of such kind Indian zombie horror series. Outstanding cinematography, camera work & sound effect just wow..— Bharat Badage (@Bharat_Badage) May 24, 2020
Eagerly waiting for season 02..@iamsrk @RedChilliesEnt.. pic.twitter.com/8YMc9aVvlI
But not all users were fans, clearly:
This one user covered every aspect worthy of review, and didn’t forget to add their rating too:
#Betaal is fresh and a very good watch. It will keep you hooked up throughout its running time. Excellent VFX work & Background mucic. Brave attempt @RedChilliesEnt. Superb performance by @ItsViineetKumar. #BetaalReview – 3.5/5 pic.twitter.com/THuLfavfsi— Yogi (@_its_me_yogi_) May 24, 2020
We love this one guy’s energy in his review:
We have some real fans of zombie horror in India:
#Betaal – Rating- ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️— Sumit kadel (@SumitkadeI) May 24, 2020
Finest zombie thriller made in the country.From the ist episode itself it keeps you thrilled with its extremely unique & intriguing content. British Zombie army ends up attacking entire country leaving room for sequel . Performances & VFX are FANTASTIC
Some users acknowledge how talented Patrick Graham is:
#Betaal is India’s first of its kind Zombie-Thriller.— FF NEWS (@FFNEWS6) May 24, 2020
Amazing show. Incredible visuals. Great Production Design.
Indian Series going the international way. Thank you megastar @iamsrk for backing #patrickgraham‘s vision
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐#BetaalOnNetflix #BetaalReview @ItsViineetKumar pic.twitter.com/KYdzL34NMf
But, not everybody LOVED the show.
And others just couldn’t take the horror seriously:
Me after watching quality horror scene of #Betaal because Indian horror movies and series are rather comedy.— Mrinal Sen(Stark) (@stark_sen) May 24, 2020
And here we start 2nd episode.
Not gonna watch ceiling or below the bed while it’s dark fs.. and for many coming weeks pic.twitter.com/ekUq6BErfl
Some users kept their review short and sweet, and that said it all:
OK, #BetaalOnNetflix won’t disappoint horror movie fans, rest I don’t want to comment. Liked it👍— Satya (@absolutesatya) May 24, 2020
This one user gave such a poignant review, better than most lengthy articles written by critics:
2nd Watch of #Betaal— ✠ Triple H ✠ (@Evdxm) May 24, 2020
With an impeccable score coupled with great cinematography & solid suspense building scenes,
this intense Zombie action thriller uses stark realism to encapsulate you in a terrific, nail biting thriller
i’m Addicted to #BetaalOnNetflix
Well done team pic.twitter.com/zWLOFwB7sY
But it wasn’t worth everybody’s internet pack:
Some reviews were very clever, seeing connections between Betaal and Tumbadd:
#BetaalOnNetflix uses a cross between ordinary humans and the world of traditional folklore to create effective engagement & thrills. The visuals, atmosphere, cinematography & theme will remind you of #Tumbbad, especially the tunnel & hastar. A good watch! Ep.1 of #BetaalReview pic.twitter.com/NUoRz8Do2k— N J (@Nilzrav) May 24, 2020
Others were very proud of how the Indian series has reached a global audience, already:
SRK once said – I want Indian content to do well globally, and wants them to achieve the international standard. With #Betaal – as @AahanaKumra describes – The VFX, the sound, the make-up, the direction are matching the international scale. The first 🇮🇳 Zombie thriller series 👏— Neel Joshi (@neeljoshiii) May 20, 2020
Clearly Indian horror fans were waiting for this day:
The thing I loved the most was that they did not stick to the cliché rules of any other zombie related content.— Kung Flu Fluffy🕷️ (@That_FluffyGuy_) May 24, 2020
In this, the zombies talk, they fire guns, they run. There is no rule book saying that they can’t do all this.
And other Twitter reviews were just hilarious. If you get the joke, of course. Watch the show and then LOL:
#BetaalOnNetflix I’ve only one thing to say about this show –— Joga-Maya 😎 (@jogakhichudi) May 26, 2020
“CHAPPAL KAHAN HAI MERI” 👠👠👠👠👠👠👠👠👠👠👠👠👠👠👠👠👠
So, there you have it. The funniest, sassiest, most savage, honest and accurate reviews of the latest Indian zombie-horror show, Betaal.