Ghost Stories: A deceased story

Ghost Stories preview in Netflix. Photo credit: Helen Delgado

By Argenis Salgado ’21

Ghost Story, a Netflix original movie, was released  Jan. 21. It is an Indian Hindi-language anthology horror film that consists of four short film segments. These segments are directed by Karan Johar, Dibakar Banerjee, Zorya Akhtar, and Anurag Kashyap. Ghost Story (2020) serves as a sequel to the Bombay Talkies (2013) and Lust (2018) stories. The movie overall was a deceased story in itself because it lacked a hook, story plot, and the actors were not great at playing their roles.

Segment 1 Summary

Segment one is about Mrs. Malik, an elderly woman who had a stroke and is now bedridden, a nurse, who arrives to take care of Mrs. Malik and her son. However, the nurse, named Sameera, was more concerned about her affair with a married man, and one night that married man visited Sameera at Mrs. Malik’s apartment. 

Segment 1 Opinions

Throughout this segment, I felt as if the plot was lacking greatly. There were no strong emotions that created love or enjoyment in the first segment. It felt as if I was watching a documentary. Additionally, the actors exaggerated their roles, by this I mean that the actors were not playing their characters in a realistic fashion. The story in itself was also unbearable because nothing about it

captivated my attention; not before, during, or after.

Segment 2 Summary  

Segment two is about a boy, who becomes increasingly frustrated and jealous over his aunt’s baby, who is yet to be born. This later leads to a problematic sequence of events, mostly jeopardizing the baby’s safety with the boy’s supernatural powers that he uses to inflict pain on his aunt. 

Segment 2 Opinions

Overall, the idea of this segment was great on paper; however, it was not well produced. Mainly because it felt like a Daycare. I was expecting a bit more rebellious and uncontrollable child. However, it was far better than the first  segment with catching my attention at certain points of the movie.

Segment 3 Summary 

Segment three is about a man, who travels into a town, and two children tell the man that their father was eaten by the rest. The man disbelieves them and moves on; however, he eventually sees that the children were not lying.

Segment 3 Opinions  

This segment was the one I enjoyed the most. This was mainly due to the fact that it had an interesting plot, better acting, and great  scenes. This idea reminded me of the movie series called “Wrong Turn”. 

Segment 4 Summary

The final segment for this movie is about a bride and the groom getting ready to marry each other. Soon after their marriage, the bride starts to worry that her new husband is depending too much on his grandma’s approval of things, who has been dead for roughly 20 years now. 

Segment 4 Opinions 

This segment along with segment 2 were, to me, by far the most lacking in visuals and entertainment. The idea of this ghost story was not terrifying in any shape or form. This was by far the most disappointing segment for its lack of originality, execution, and convincing acting. The overall segment is comparable to that of a student just adding unnecessary words or sentences to reach the word requirement for an essay. This segment should have been replaced with a more captivating and terrifying story.

Overall

All in all, the movie had one great segment, which was segment 3. However, one great segment that does not define the movie as a whole. The other segments were all lacking in some sort of aspect: mostly disengaging with the audience. I would not recommend this movie even if you are extremely bored. 

  • Length: 2hr 24min
  • Directors: Karan Johar, Dibakar Banerjee, Zorya Akhtar, and Anurag Kashyap.
  • Available on Netflix