Review of the film “Dybbuk”: this film offers nothing of the trade in terms of fear

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When the last living Jew, Moshe Ben Asher, died in Mauritius, an antiques dealer landed at his funeral home and secretly slipped out of the wine cellar with Jewish inscriptions on it. Later that night, a terrible accident happened in his store.

Meanwhile, in Mumbai, a young interfaith couple, Sam (Emraan Hashmi) and Mahi (Nikita Duta), are ready to move their base to Mauritius. Where the latter will take charge of the management of a vast nuclear waste repository.

After the couple landed in the island nation:

Mahi, an interior designer by profession, decided to renovate his new home. In Sam’s words, “charity begins at home”. Later when Mahi goes to buy antique shops for his house. The same box from Asher’s house catches his eye. Your unknown newcomer has an avenger Dibouk.

When supernatural events take place at the home, Sam is forced to seek help from his guardian, Father Gabriel, local Jewish priest Marcus (Manav Kaul), and a police officer. But soon it turns out that there is more paranormal activity in Sam’s house than it seems at first glance.

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There has been more than enough lack of horror in Hindi films over a decade, which begs the relevant question, is horror one of the most difficult genres to solve? Not only in India, but most of the horror films in the world leave no trace and are more of the stereotypical film productions of the genre.

Uncertain deaths, ghostly silences, abandoned mansions, mysterious ghost stories, cameras lurking behind curtains, scars coming straight out of closets, power outages in the house, and of course, rain! Dibouk brings all the boxes and more stereotypes you can think of about this genre.

The plot of the film revolves around a Jewish myth about ghosts locked in boxes called dibbouks and causing chaos upon liberation. The character of Emraan discovers a professional project which takes him to Mauritius in a villa rented by his employer. Emraan and Nikita’s characters struggle to adjust to their surroundings, and their excitement runs out when Dibbuk arrives home with an antique purchase.

The peculiarities of the story and director JK’s approach to photo design offer nothing new.

This movie is less scary and more addicting and begs to reach its climax. One of the hardest parts of making a horror genre is keeping audiences happy. Viewers come with certain expectations for feeling a certain way during a horror movie, and therefore directors feel pressured to take their vision and act like “horror.”

No one expects to fall in love while watching a romantic movie at the cinema. Still, everyone wants to be scared legally during a horror story that presents a unique challenge to filmmakers.

Emraan’s appearance in the film is a reflection of someone sleeping without correction. He delivered his dialogues with less enthusiasm and covered the rhythm of the stage without much emotion.

Nikita Duta had to bear the burden of scaring audiences at times and justifying her character. In essence, an actor only relies on his imagination when doing scenes with ghosts in the play, and Nikita doesn’t feel like a stranger.

Dibouk is a selfless horror story that corrects its mediocre condition without seeking to rise above it. This film does not arouse the emotions of the public. Dibouk airs on Amazon Prime Video.

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With Dibouk, Emraan Hashmi returns to his love of horror movies and makes a natural appearance after a long time. This is also one of the reasons you stick to the movies. The actor is confident even in the scenes of exorcism. Nikita Duta, who plays the role of the woman he loves, takes a manageable act.

Manav Kaul receives an exciting introduction as a Rabbi, but unfortunately his role quickly becomes predictable. Denzil Smith puts on a decent show. Imaad Shah and Darshana Banik performed most of their limited roles.


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