Dybbuk: 2021 Bollywood Supernatural Horror

Dybbuk: 2021 Bollywood Supernatural Horror

Movie Name: Dybbuk
Directed by: Jay K
Starring: Emraan Hashmi, Nikita Dutta, Darshana Banik, Pranay Ranjan, Manav Kaul, Yuri Suri, Denzil Smith, Vipin Sharma, Ivan Sylvester Rodrigues, Vivana Singh, Sudev Nair
Genre: DramaHorror, Mystery
Release Date: 29 October, 2021
Running Time: 125 minutes
Original Network: Amazon Prime Video

Dybbuk is an upcoming Indian Hindi-language supernatural horror film written and directed by Jay K, produced by T-Series and Panorama Studios. The film, starring Emraan Hashmi in the lead role, is a remake of 2017 Malayalam film Ezra. The story of the film revolves around an antique box purchased by female protagonist, after which the couple face paranormal activities. The principal photography began on 18 July 2019 in Mauritius. The film will premiere on 29 October 2021 on Amazon Prime Video.

Synopsis / Production:

Mahi, a newly married woman, brings an antique Jewish box into her home. When Mahi and her husband Sam begin to have paranormal experiences, they soon learn that the box is a dybbuk containing an evil spirit. The couple then seeks the help of a rabbi to unravel its mystery. Will they survive this ordeal before their child is born?

Dybbuk, in Jewish mythology, is a malicious possessing spirit believed to be the dislocated soul of a dead person. It supposedly leaves the host body once it has accomplished its goal, sometimes after being exorcised.

The story begins when Mahi, a newly married woman brings an antique Jewish box into her home. Soon the couple experience paranormal activities, and come to know that it is a dybbuk box.

In April 2019, it was officially confirmed that the Hindi remake of Malayalam film Ezra is to be produced by T-Series and Panorama Studios, featuring Emraan Hashmi in the lead role. Jay Krishnan, the director of original film to direct the remake and it will be shot in Mumbai and Mauritius. The film titled as Dybbuk, was sold to Amazon prime video for ₹360 million.

The filming began in July 2019 in Mauritius.

Dybbuk Movie Trailer:

Dybbuk Movie Review:

Emraan Hashmi’s latest outing is NOT worth watching, complains Namrata Thakker.

A remake of the Malayalam supernatural film Ezra, Dybbuk — starring Emraan Hashmi and Nikita Dutta — is neither spooky nor engaging.

The film revolves around a couple Sam (Hashmi) and Mahi (Dutta), who experience paranormal activities in their new home. To redecorate their house, Mahi buys an antique wooden box but she gets possessed by an evil spirit as soon as she unlocks it. Mahi starts behaving strangely and keeps seeing a female ghost when she is alone in the house. She confides in Sam, but he refuses to believe her.

Soon, Sam has an eerie experience himself and that’s when he feels maybe their house is indeed haunted.

The couple is unaware about the box being the cause, but when Father Gabriel (Denzil Smith) visits them, he recognises the wooden box and tells Sam it is a Dybbuk. According to Jewish folklore, a Dybbuk is used to capture unsatisfied or unhappy souls.

Father Gabriel reveals that Mahi is possessed by the spirit which was in the wooden box. So now with Father Marcus (Manav Kaul)’s help, Sam and Father Gabriel decide to save Mahi. The folklore concept would have been interesting if the makers had paid attention to the script and come up with an intriguing storyline. But that’s hardly the case.

Also, a horror movie heavily relies on good sound effects and VFX, both of which are sadly missing in the film. The female ghost that appears in the movie is very amateurish as are the spooky scenes. It seems as if the makers were in a rush while filming them. The backstory behind the wooden box is so boring.

Dybbuk has nothing to offer story wise.

It is neither scary nor captivating. Emraan is decent, but he hardly has anything to chew on. Nikita Dutta is strictly okay and so is the rest of the cast.

An actor like Manav Kaul could have been given a better written role; his talent is simply wasted.

Dybbuk fails to keep you hooked to the screens.

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