Official Bhootiyagiri Season 3 Review: Neither horror nor a comedy

Official Bhootiyagiri Season 3 Review: Neither horror nor a comedy
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Official Bhootiyagiri is a gripping drama-comedy series featuring Dilawar Rana, a man with such sharp business acumen that he manages to launch a successful startup even from the confines of jail. But when he is offered a shady deal to stay out of jail is when that very acumen is put to a stringent test! All he must do is run a dodgy hotel owned by his family and make it profitable. Sounds simple, right? Of course, there's a catch! The hotel is haunted and also the very source of Dilawar’s deeply rooted social anxiety disorder! How far will Dilawar's CEO skills go, to save a bankrupt hotel? Will his own fears win over the horrid horrors of the hotel he suddenly finds on his hands?

Format: Web Series
Platform: Mx Player
Movie Rated: 16+
Genre: Drama, Comedy, Horror

What is the story about?

The story follows Dilawar Rana (Sumeet Vyas) a washed out entrepreneur who has lost all his credibility due to his last venture. Now that he’s been released from jail, he sets out to resurrect his life by taking up the job of managing his family’s heritage hotel business. This apparently is labelled to be a haunted house, also the house where Dilawar grew up. Will Dilawar face his demons or will he make a business out of it forms the crux of the series directed by Vishwajoy Mukherjee.
I wouldn’t ponder much on the performances as it gave a very little scope for the actors to prove their potential. The writers Tarun Dudeja and Parijat Joshi seemed a little reluctant on character building. None of the characters really make an impression. They just keep floating through the series with no purpose just as the story. Sumeet Vyas in spite of being a good actor couldn’t hold this one together. Pranay Manchanda as Kash was just present to promote in-film branding. Eisha Chopra and Udita Bhalla were reduced to eye candy. I pinned my hope on the character Mahaveer played by Ajay Kumar Singh, but his character turned out to be a bleak one. Overall the performance was average.
The trailer promised it to be horror or at least a horror-comedy. These factors were totally missing from the series which is spread across 5 episodes of 25 minutes each on average. You begin to binge the series with an open mind, at least you pretend to have an open mind. Little did you know the series is complete and you’re wondering what happened? As it is the number of episodes were less. 3 episodes down and still I don’t see the writers getting to their point. The entire time it was a family drama, just to keep the genre alive they force in clichéd scare tactics at the end of each episode. Indian horror films or series are yet to break the ice, the only horror series I found interesting and chilling was GHOUL and when it comes to films STREE and PARI were on point with their subjects. The makers could’ve made Bhootiyagiri funny but the jokes were lame and comedy was moot. The aspect of flushed out CEO and the haunted house is left unexplored. 
Music and other Departments
The score by Akaash Mukherjee was tried and tested and doesn’t incite any interest. DOP Arkodeb Mukherjee has done a good job. But due to weak writing, the technical department in spite of being good doesn’t hold its ground.
The cinematography was noteworthy which was backed with a commendable VFX team. Even though there a handful of moments which contains their potential the job was well done.
No plausible back-story which could hold the current events in the series. Unexplored aspects of the genre make it weaker by the episode. 
Did I enjoy it?
Absolutely not.
Do I recommend it and why?
No, I don’t. Not unless you’re bored out of our lockdown mind and need something to run in the background while you’re scrolling through social media. 

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