Banner: ALTBalaji, Ideas Entertainment Co
Producers: Paritosh Painter, Banijay Asia
Director: Farhad Samji
Cast: Tusshar Kapoor, Mallika Sherawat, Sanjay Mishra, Krushna Abhishek, Kiku Sharda, Shefali Zariwala, Sakshi Pradhan, Shweta Gulati, Vipul Roy, Anil Charanjeett, Saba Saudagar
Writer: Tasha Bhambra, Sparsh Khetarpal, Farhad Samji
We all know that web series are the latest way forward for writers, filmmakers and actors in the entertainment industry. They get to explore new ideas, new concepts and new genres on a regular basis. OTT platform ALTBalaji has tried once again to attempt the unique concept of horror-comedy with their latest show, Booo: Sabki Phategi, directed by Farhad Samji.
Set in a yesteryear-style grand resort, located behind a graveyard, the show begins with a couple who plan to spend a night at this venue which has been empty for several years. They lose their lives in a dreadful tragedy during their stay. A group of friends, all couples, decides to stay for a few days at the resort with the greed of getting a free stay since the resort belongs to one of their childhood friends.
As they arrive, with the thought of gate-crashing the resort, they meet the owner-cum-friend Manav (Tusshar Kapoor), who welcomes his friends and gives them a tour. As they take the tour, some of them start feeling suspicious about what’s going on and the disappearance of some people. They experience the presence of a supernatural entity. How this entity takes them on a hilarious yet scary ride is what forms the plot of the show.
The show, which incorporates all the classic horror elements seen in Hindi films before, is peppered with comical situations. The writing might not be its most novel aspect but the show delivers punch lines that get a laugh out of viewers.
The one-liners consist of self-deprecating jokes along with puns on the actors involved. From Gully Boy’s famous mantra Apna time aayega to jokes on O Stree kal aana, we see how the makers bring in the flavour of current cult and trending films, which helps the target audience of the youth connect with the themes of the show.
There are a few flaws in the show, especially unnecessary expletives. The show focuses more on comedy than horror. Although the jump-scares startle you, the horror element is not fully utilised.
Performance-wise, Tusshar Kapoor, who brings in his iconic character of Golmaal, does a decent job. Mallika Sherawat makes her digital debut with swag as the stylish chudail. Sanjay Mishra, with his comic timing, is a class apart, as always. Krushna Abhishek, Kiku Sharda, Shefali Zariwala, Sakshi Pradhan and Shweta Gulati are decent.
Verdict: A fun watch!