Ghoul is a latest Netflix series that falls within a multi-genre category of political-horror-suspense-drama. As per the title, the series is about ghoul, an evil-spirit that robs graves and feeds on dead bodies according to Islamic mythology.
Set in a dystopian world, Ghoul takes place in a stringently controlled society which ultimately obstructs a free and open society; a world that may very well be a reality in the future.
The plot revolves around an officer, Nida Rahim (Radhika Apte) who has been trained to strictly follow the new orders of the governing authority. Anyone opposing to the establishment is termed “anti-national” and a terrorist against the country.
To prove her loyalty, Nida even gets her father arrested for possessing Philosophy books – a crime as per in this not-so-utopian society.
She is recruited to interrogate a terrorist Ali Saeed (Mahesh Balraj) at a detention center along with a team led by Colonel Sunil Dacunha (Manav Kaul). However, there’s more to this than meets the eye.
Each character holds a “shameful secret,” which makes them a victim to the ghoul who thrives on their guilt and feeds on their flesh, literally.
Though the series isn’t as gripping or scary as expected, it leaves you pondering over the status quo. The makers have portrayed an intolerant version of the future we are headed towards, which may well require a confrontation by a demon.
Simply put, Ghoul is about twisted justice and a tale of evil over evil. It could’ve been a movie instead of a 3-part series. Nonetheless, it’s a one-time-watch for the concept.
Rating: [3 / 5]