Betaal: Season 1 (2020)


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Air date: May 24, 2020

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Manjiri Pupala
Puniya
Suchitra Pillai-Malik
Commandant Tyagi
Yashwant Wasnik
Sarpanch
Syna Anand
Saanvi Mudhalvan
Jatin Goswami
Assad Akbar
Jitendra Joshi
Ajay Mudhalvan
Siddharth Menon
Nadir Haq
Aahana Kumra
DC "Ahu" Ahluwalia
Viineet Kumar
Vikram Sirohi
Kilian Kerwin
Michael Hogan
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Critic Reviews for Betaal Season 1

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Even as a gimmick, Betaal is astoundingly banal. It also doesn't help that neither of its protagonists can command a significant emotional investment in them.

Jul 22, 2020 | Full Review…

Betaal is an ungainly mix of a zombie land fantasy, Indian folklore and horror genre tropes in which the male lead is a man called Vikram.

Jul 10, 2020 | Rating: 1.5/5 | Full Review…

The proceedings stray away from the frighteningly bizarre to comically ballistic with even a line of "this will be a hard Brexit" thrown in. The over simplification of the plot is another problem.

Jul 10, 2020 | Rating: 1.5/5 | Full Review…

Betaal has zero self-awareness, be it with its plot or characters. [... And its] attempt at socio-political commentary ... is buried, muddled, and superficial.

Jul 3, 2020 | Full Review…

Taking place over the course of just one night, and four sub-hour episodes, one could argue that there's little room for character development or unpacking of colonialism, which is perhaps fair - but there's very little to Betaal without these things.

Jun 26, 2020 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

It manages to be entertaining at all times.

Jun 2, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

At a time when an ongoing migrant crisis has put the spotlight on the ill-treatment of the underprivileged by elected officials and men and women in uniform, Betaal could have (and should have) been so much more.

May 24, 2020 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Betaal: Season 1

  • Aug 09, 2020
    Amazing series and that fact it uses Indian colonial history with redcoat British zombies is amazing. The girl from the village is strong which shows the cultural changes and the past.
  • Jul 11, 2020
    incosistant screenplay and bad acting and content
  • Jun 29, 2020
    This os the first zombie thriller series from india and it didn't disappoint me. Its a 4 part series based on 1 night so character development is not in it but it is "FRESH","GRIPPING" but "NOT HORROR" series.
  • Jun 15, 2020
    A novel concept. I thought it was fun and wired but not to be taken too seriously.
  • Jun 09, 2020
    Honestly, I don't understand a reason for the trolling. Even if you watch the show expecting to be disappointed, you're not. It's far from that. I think Betaal is a well made and gripping show with something new to offer to Indian Cinema. This genre has never been explored before and Betaal has definitely set a great standard. Kudos the team!
  • Jun 06, 2020
    I loved the series! Did not see the end coming though... Can't wait for the next season!!!
  • Jun 04, 2020
    Although they're undead, the monsters in this series aren't really zombies, or vampires; they're an entirely novel movie monster, created from existing folklore (and fed with real fears about the corruption of power and the cost of progress). It was a great new take on the monster movie, something that horror fans like me have been begging for. Fun, thoughtful and properly scary. Highly recommended!
  • May 30, 2020
    Horror is a genre which is tough to crack. Here the team has done their job in a very well manner. The story is set in a complete dark tone, and the use of light has been done beautifully which adds a lot to the visuals. In short a team goes to a village to evacuate the locals, where they face some zombie like creatures called "Betaal", summoned by the villagers in order to protect their ancestral land. The story takes us through a bunch of challenges and at the end of the series; the human civilization lost the war. There is a jump-scare in the first episode, which will startle you. This is a series where a father is ready to sacrifice his daughter for power, a son/daughter who is not even safe with his/her father/ mother, people like "Mir Jafar" still exist and they are ready to serve the british in exchange of something powerful. Manjiri Pupala is a name to be remembered. The make-up could have been better, and always remember, what you see may not be the whole truth, there can always be something hidden in the past.
  • May 27, 2020
    What absolute tripe. While I expected such a product from red chillies entertainment, I thought at least blumhouse and Netflix would be able to give us a good show and avoid the weak points of Indian horror/thriller shows. The performances are wooden, the plot full of holes, the vfx and makeup is embarrassing, and I don't think I have heard more racist/stereotypical English dubbing for Indians before. The English dubbing makes Apu sound refined. In a world with shows like Jamtara, Sacred Games, Paatal Lok, Mirzapur, etc. this show does a great disservice to the talent and stories that India is capable of showcasing. I am unsure what segment of the population they were even going for. What a sheer waste and disappointment.
  • May 27, 2020
    Fresh story and new concept as an indian series. Don't listen to the negative reviews. They are trying to find it negative because they think that it will make them a wise man infront of their fans. As a casual movie lover(i watch every type of movie) i really enjoyed this. Not a single minute is boring. But if want to compare with Hollywood movies. Stop watching indian things.

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