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Bhram: Web Series Review

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A latest psychological thriller by ZEE5, Bhram, starring Kalki Koechlin in the lead, could have been a hit or a miss. Here’s our review, telling where it lacks or elevates, and whether it’s worth watching.

Cast: Kalki Koechlin, Bhumika Chawla, Sanjay Suri, Eijaz Khan, Satyadeep Mishra, Vikram Kochhar, Chandan Roy Sanyal, Anjali Tatrari,Vikram Dwivedi, Chetan Sharma, Ansh Sinha, Tushar Bakshi.

Director: Sangeeth Sivan.

Language: Hindi.

Genre: Psychological thriller, Horror.

Channel: ZEE5.

Release Date: 24th October 2019.

Synopsis:

Alisha Khanna (Kalki Koechlin) is a famous romance novel writer, who has lost her grip on reality after the tragic accident where she loses her husband and unborn child. In an effort to get her life back on track, she moves in with her sister, Ankita (Bhumika Chawla), in Porter Hill. But things get worse as she starts seeing apparitions and hearing voices, that no one else can, of a girl named Ayesha. Murderous history is repeating itself in Porter Hill, and the question is- what is real and what is an illusion?

Yay!

  • The haunting opening sequence and the title track of Bhramdo a pretty good job of roping you in the expectation of a thrilling ride. The first couple of episodes establish the setting and the storyline perfectly.
  • Bhram’s storyline is an intriguing one. A non-linear pattern of storytelling that vacillates between the past and present, it revolves around Alisha, who is suffering from PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and DID (Dissociative Identity Disorder) after a tragic accident. She then finds herself at the center stage of an environment where strange things are taking place, and her condition raises the question of legibility. The screenplay itself does perfect justice the ‘psychological thriller’
  • Kalki does an exceptional job of portraying the vulnerable and lost Alisha. She portrays the character’s conflictive emotions to the point. Through her posture and expressions, Kalki portrays the ominous tone of the story.
  • She is aided in her role by Satyadeep Mishra, Sanjay Suri, Eijaz Khan, and Vikram Kochhar. Their easy characters- who seem like any of your run-of-the-mill personalities on the surface, but are far from it- play an important role in solving the mystery of Bhram. These characters represent the ‘present’of Porter Hill, while the young bunch of actors- Anjali Tatrari (Ayesha), Vikram Dwivedi (PC), Chetan Sharma (PP), Ansh Sinha (Yakub), Tushar Bakshi (Alfie)- are above paras they give meaning and depth to the ‘past’ of Porter Hill.
  • The cinematography team- Suman Sahu, Vidushi Tiwari, Sandeep Yadav-complement the tone of the story with cinematic angles from wide shots to close-ups. Also, the low key, de-saturated lightening of the entire 8-episode series conveys the doom of the series.

Nay!

  • As interesting and fulfilling Bhram’s beginning and the conclusion is, the disconnect between sequences in the middle throws you off as a viewer. The absence of continuity also lessens the impact of certain tried and tested scare techniques, making the tiny horror part of the series seems farce and forced.
  • One thing that stands out, and not in a good way, is Inspector Rawat’s (Chandan Roy Sanyal) introduction. Elemental in the later episodes, his character emerges into the story with a bang- literally and figuratively. Opening with a sexual encounter followed by riding around on a Bullet, repetitively, in no way adds anything to the plot and just becomes redundant.
  • Bhram’s screenplay lags behind when it comes to character arc. All the characters, especially Bhumika’s Ankita, lack a depth that makes the plot one dimensional, though the actors try to make it work with the best of their efforts.

Bottom Line:

Bhram is held together and made worth watching with the actors’ craft and director Sangeeth Sivan’s expertise.

Trivia:

  • Bhram is based on K. Hari Kumar’s novel The Other Side Of Her.
  • Kalki Koechlin has been previously seen on Web in series namely Smoke (Eros Now), Made In Heaven (Amazon Prime), and Sacred Games 2 (Netflix), and in various short films.

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Shraddha Raut

Dreamer- above all else; I like to read, sleep and overthink, in that order. You'll find me obsessing over Harry Potter, seas, moon, and window seats. If you are as fascinated by The God Of Small Things as me, we can be friends.

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