Betaal — the Netflix zombie horror collection produced by Shah Rukh Khan’s Pink Chillies — runs for simply 4 hour-long episodes in whole. For these questioning if there’s extra to it, effectively, Betaal creator, co-writer, and co-director Patrick Graham would not be drawn on a straight reply. Talking to Devices 360, Graham mentioned Betaal was “meant as a single, encapsulated” collection. On the identical time, he is “open-minded” a couple of season 2, because it “may go on as a narrative”.
“I believe that I do not know the reply to that query as but,” Graham mentioned, when requested on the probabilities of Betaal season 2. “It may go on as a narrative, however proper now, it was form of meant as a single, encapsulated [series].”
That places Betaal in the identical class as Graham’s earlier Netflix venture, the Radhika Apte-led supernatural dystopian horror Ghoul, which additionally had an open ending and left room for a follow-up, if Netflix was so inclined. That did not come to cross although. And that is not the one similarity between Betaal and Ghoul. The runtime of each is nearer to a (lengthy) Bollywood film. Ghoul ran for round 2 hours and 17 minutes, and Betaal is an hour longer.
“Nicely, Ghoul was a longish film as a result of it was initially a film and we added half an hour to it,” Graham mentioned. “And even in the event you have been writing for 3 episodes, you would possibly nonetheless take into account it as a longish film. However I believe with Betaal, as a result of it is 4 episodes and it begins to method the three-hour mark, we did not method it in the identical method as we’d writing a film.”
“We structured it as a collection. We had totally different act buildings with Betaal than we had with Ghoul. And I believe that most likely comes throughout within the sense that every episode is now [its own thing],” he mentioned. “Episode two, for instance, is form of the spooky haunted home episode. And episode three is extra of an motion episode. So that they every have their totally different flavour.”
“Additionally with Ghoul, you have been at all times with Nida [Apte], because the protagonist. You solely had actually one perspective all through the collection. However with Betaal, we have now received many various subplots and totally different characters, all with their very own arc and their very own story.”
And although it might look like a case of Graham transferring on from one miniseries to the subsequent, reasonably than growing a second season, it is normally lower than the creators. Since they’re Netflix collection, the streaming service has the only real energy in greenlighting one other run for its originals. Graham is pleased both method.
“With Ghoul, the story may have continued, however it would not essentially should,” Graham added. “It is nonetheless a satisfying piece of labor in its totality, as it’s proper now [on Betaal]. So I am open minded about the entire thing. And actually, it is lower than me, sadly.”
Betaal is streaming on Netflix in India from 12.30pm on Could 24.
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