Emraan Hashmi, Nikita Dutta film 'Dybbuk' released on Amazon Prime
'Dybbukm' (Hindi-horror) with Emraan Hashmi and Nikita Dutta in lead was released on Amazon Prime on October 29. Directed by Jay K, the horror-thriller is the official remake of the 2017 Malayalam film, Ezra, which starred Prithviraj Sukumaran and Priya Anand in the lead roles.
Nikita's Mahi, who is still overcoming a miscarriage, decides to decorate her house, which is an old villa, with a heritage theme. She visits the local antique shop and chooses to buy an old wine cabinet, which is actually a dybbuk. Of all the beautiful artifacts at the antique shop, not sure why Mahi would choose the uninspiring and dull dybbuk box. That, in itself, is a mystery, which was not solved in the film.
In Jewish folklore, a disembodied human spirit, due to his past sins, wanders restlessly until it possesses the body of a living person. Belief in such spirits was especially prevalent in 16th and 17th-century Eastern Europe. Dybbuk comes from the Hebrew word dibbuk which means the act of sticking. Reading about Jewish folklore intrigues fans of horror films.
The story of Dybbuk is low on horror, hackneyed with done-to-death jolts. The film is predictable with many twists that one has seen before in Hollywood horror films. Well, the audience, who love watching horror flicks, could start ticking boxes, while watching Dybbuk. Creepy maid - check, ghost crawling under the blanket - check, and, of course, flying humans - check.
The cast includes Emraan Hashmi, Nikita Dutta, Manav Kaul and Denzil Smith in pivotal roles. Emraan, who has been part of numerous horror films, was well-versed in his role. Nikita, as Mahi, was mostly seen staring in the film. We would have loved to see more of her. Manav Kaul, who is a brilliant actor, tried hard to convince us as the rabbi.
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