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Zee5 Bhram review : Well-acted, picturesque & handsomely assembled scare fest

Zee5 BHRAM review is here. The psychological horror thriller web series stars Kalki Koechlin along with Bhumika Chawla,

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Zee5 BHRAM review is here. The psychological horror thriller web series stars Kalki Koechlin along with Bhumika Chawla, Sanjay Suri, Eijaz Khan, Satyadeep Mishra, Chandan Roy Sanyal, Vikram Kocchar with special appearances by Omkar Kapoor and Raj Zutshi. BHRAM is based on K Hari Kumar’s book ‘The Other Side of Her’. Created and directed by Sangeeth Sivan, the series is live on Zee5 platforms from October 24 2019. Does it provides the scares?. Let’s find out in the review of BHRAM.

Immediate reaction when the end credits roll
Zee5 BHRAM  –  a well-acted and handsomely assembled example of a tested and trusted psychological horror thriller.

The Story of BHRAM
Based on K Hari Kumar’s book ‘The Other Side of Her’, the series revolves around a romance novelist Alisha Khanna (Kalki Koechlin) who suffers from PTSD post the death of her husband Yash Khanna (Omkar Kapoor). Her sister Ankita Puri ((Bhumika Chawla) and her husband Peter Paul (Sanjay Suri), asks her to come over their beautiful house is Shimla for a change and rejuvenation. Haunted by her past and PTSD after effects Alisha enters the picturesque house of her sister. Soon Alisha starts seeing mysterious people and the fear of the unknown starts holding her to the brim. Rest is how Alisha travels through her trauma, a 20 year old horrifying past, searches he existence in the fact and fiction as she encounters various characters from a police inspector Rawat (Chandan Roy Sanyal), Peter’s friend and business partner Pradeep (Eijaz Khan ), Father Alfred (Satyadeep Mishra), death of a teenage girl Ayesha (Anjali Tatrari), Avtar (Vikram Kochar) and the lord of the jungle Ukara.

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Zee5 BHRAM review
A picturesque psychological horror thriller that benefits from the vulnerably luminous Kalki Koechlin and Sangeeth Sivan’s ‘possession’ with the tested and trusted scare techniques. Accelerating the eerie gravity as desired from the haunted genre with an exploration of mourning and survivor’s guilt taking a decisive philosophical and psychological turns.

Sangeeth Sivan’s BHRAM ‘Clicks’ as it stays loyal to the rule of eye popping location and jaw dropping situations. BHRAM is better from his previous attempt in the haunted genre – CLICK the 2010 horror starring Shreyas Talpade, CLICK was the remake of 2007 Tamil movie SIVI which in itself a remake of 2004 Thai horror film SHUTTER.

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Ruled by Kalki Koechlin’s terrific performance BHRAM is boosted by refined and natural acts by Bhumika Chawla, Sanjay Suri, Eijaz Khan, Anjali Rawat, Chandan Roy Sanyal Satyadeep Mishra and Vikram Kocchar. Omkar Kapoor and Raj Zutshi also chip in with valuable support.

The background score by Kingshunk Chakravarty, Mahesh Sridhar production design, Shaju Chandran and Pratik Chitalia’s editing and Vidushi Tiwari, Suman Sahu and Sandeep Yadav’s cinematography blends nicely with the mysterious air that smartly mixes the Hitchkokian suspense with Shyamlan’s fear of the known/unknown.

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Flaws
All the tension and the conflict get seriously threatened by a delicate disclosure that makes the audience feel wanted instead of haunted.

The not so satisfying closure and the unwanted ‘exposure’ – the escapades of Chandan Roy Sanyal is added just for providing titillation that has no direct connection with the plot.

Why a psychological horror thriller should come in episodes and not as a short movie is a mystery that the makers can only answer.

Final words
Zee5 BHRAM has jaw dropping moments of scare with eye popping visuals that has snaky turns on love, compassion, guilt and redemption. A well-acted and handsomely assembled psychological horror thriller is certainly worth for the loyal buffs of scary/spooky fares. Go for it.

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