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Betaal release: Highlights

Set during the British colonial rule, Viineet Kumar and Aahana Kumra starrer zombie-thriller Betaal involves an old evil spirit that is unleashed along with zombie redcoats.

Written by Kshitij Rawat , Antara Chakraborthy | New Delhi | Updated: May 24, 2020 9:11:21 pm
Betaal release Betaal stars Viineet Kumar and Aahana Kumra. (Photo: Netflix)

Shah Rukh Khan’s production Betaal, a zombie-thriller, releases on Netflix today. The web series stars Viineet Kumar, Aahana Kumra, Suchitra Pillai, Jitendra Joshi and Manjiri Pupala among others.

The official synopsis of the four-episode series reads, “A remote village becomes the theatre of a breathless battle when a two-century-old Betaal, a British Indian Army officer, and his battalion of zombie redcoats are unleashed. With Indian police pitted against the undead army, hapless villagers are trapped in a horrific, edge-of-your-seat conflict.”

Betaal is directed by Patrick Graham and Nikhil Mahajan. Suhani Kanwar has co-written the web series with Graham.

This is the fifth Indian original to release on Netflix in 2020. Earlier, Jamtara, Taj Mahal 1989, She and Hasmukh released on the streaming giant.

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Read all the updates about Netflix's Betaal

20:34 (IST)24 May 2020
'Outstanding horror series'

User @aagarwal198657 posted on Twitter, “Binge watched #Betaal outstanding horror series after a long time with brilliant screenplay, direction, story and on top of it excellent performances from @ItsViineetKumar @AahanaKumra . Kudos to @iamsrk and team for making this gem of a series. Don't miss this ,go watch it asap.”

20:16 (IST)24 May 2020
'A worthy attempt'

“#Betaal is really good. Acting (especially of @ItsViineetKumar), visuals, music is marvellous.Plot is good.A worthy attempt @NetflixIndia,” posted user @SnehasishMalli9 on Twitter.

19:45 (IST)24 May 2020
'Filled with unexpected twists'

User @AmolPowale1 shared via Twitter, “#Betaal is finest thriller web series on #Netflix @ItsViineetKumar has done a splendid job ... Filled with unexpected twists this horror flick can't be missed... #netflixandchill Thanks @srk for this... #BetaalOnNetflix.”

19:16 (IST)24 May 2020
'Unique attempt'

“#Betaal is a treat for horror fans who want Indian cinema to do something new in this genre. A unique attempt which sets an extraordinary premise for more exciting seasons. Loved the Cinematography, Sound Design, performances & production values of the series Rating  -  ⭐️⭐️⭐⭐️,” user @boxoffice_stats shared via Twitter.

18:54 (IST)24 May 2020
'Incredible visuals'

User @san_deepk tweeted, “#Betaal is India’s first of its kind Zombie-Thriller. Amazing show. Incredible visuals. Great Production Design.Indian Series going the international way. @NetflixIndia now I'm waiting for season 2... ⭐⭐⭐⭐  #BetaalOnNetflix #BetaalReview.”

18:31 (IST)24 May 2020
Suchitra Pillai in Betaal

18:04 (IST)24 May 2020
'Satisfying zombie horror'

Siddarth Srinivas on Twitter wrote, "#Betaal on @NetflixIndia. Satisfying zombie horror that boasts of extraordinary visuals and sound design that make it a fun ride. The first two episodes are particularly riveting with @ItsViineetKumarin great form. Just 3 hours long, but be prepared for lots of blood and gore!"

17:39 (IST)24 May 2020
In conversation with Betaal directors

Betaal stars Viineet Kumar Singh, Aahana Kumra, Suchitra Pillai, Jitendra Joshi, Siddharth Menon, Manjiri Pupala and Swapnil Kotriwar. In this exclusive interview by indianexperss.com, directors Patrick Graham and Nikhil Mahajan reveal what's new and unique in horror series Betaal.

17:15 (IST)24 May 2020
'Great experience'

User @meeee_sam posted on Twitter, “Watched #Betaal. Gripping until end, however I believe the end could be much more better, just an opinion. Overall a great experience.  #Beetal #beetalreview #netflix #netflixindia.”

16:18 (IST)24 May 2020
Betaal is now 'screaming'
14:51 (IST)24 May 2020
Netflix: Betaal's zombies looking for a late-night snack
14:10 (IST)24 May 2020
Aahana Kumra: See you on the other side
13:49 (IST)24 May 2020
Viineet Kumar: Tunnel is open for all
12:33 (IST)24 May 2020
Betaal is now streaming!

Zombie thriller series Betaal is now available to watch on Netflix.

11:31 (IST)24 May 2020
Viineet Kumar and Aahana Kumra in Betaal

10:44 (IST)24 May 2020
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10:24 (IST)24 May 2020
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10:07 (IST)24 May 2020
Manjiri Pupala: Betaal was a really great experience

Manjiri Pupala plays a pivotal role in Betaal. She said, "Shooting for a horror-thriller like Betaal has been a really great experience. This is my first project with Netflix and I am super excited about the association. I am essaying the role of a tribal woman who is consumed by anger and hatred for the CIPD which eventually leads to an interesting turn of events. It's a very compelling character and without giving away much all I can say is watch out for Betaal and the monster within us!”

09:42 (IST)24 May 2020
Viineet Kumar on his physical training for Betaal

Viineet Kumar has spoken about the arduous physical training he and others went through for Betaal. He said, “Betaal in many ways was very special… we had to undergo physical training, as one cannot carry this uniform without training and knowing how to give and receive commands. There were different knives and guns training as well. Since this is a horror-thriller, fights begin unexpectedly so one needs to know how to take position, formations etc. Our training used to be at Red Chillies studios in the morning which used to go for a long time. Many times people would have bruises on their elbows and knees after the training.”

09:25 (IST)24 May 2020
Aahana Kumra: The scar is central to Ahlu’s character

Aahana Kumra had earlier commented on her character for which she has to wear a prosthetic piece. She said, “I was both terrified and excited by the idea of wearing a prosthetic piece since I’ve never done it before. The scar is so central to Ahlu’s character. It speaks volumes about her, it makes you realise that there is a lot more to Ahlu’s story than meets the eye. She has had a difficult past and has not yet lost hope. She is super tough!”

Betaal is also produced by Blumhouse Productions which has been associated with acclaimed Hollywood horror films like Get Out and Insidious.