Betaal — the Netflix zombie horror sequence produced by Shah Rukh Khan’s Red Chillies — runs for simply 4 hour-long episodes in whole. For these questioning if there’s extra to it, properly, Betaal creator, co-writer, and co-director Patrick Graham would not be drawn on a straight reply. Speaking to Gadgets 360, Graham mentioned Betaal was “intended as a single, encapsulated” sequence. At the identical time, he is “open-minded” a few season 2, because it “could go on as a story”.
“I think that I don’t know the answer to that question as yet,” Graham mentioned, when requested on the chances of Betaal season 2. “It could go on as a story, but right now, it was kind of intended as a single, encapsulated [series].”
That places Betaal in the identical class as Graham’s earlier Netflix challenge, the Radhika Apte-led supernatural dystopian horror Ghoul, which additionally had an open ending and left room for a follow-up, if Netflix was so inclined. That did not come to go although. And that is not the one similarity between Betaal and Ghoul. The runtime of each is nearer to a (lengthy) Bollywood film. Ghoul ran for round 2 hours and 17 minutes, and Betaal is an hour longer.
“Well, Ghoul was a longish movie because it was originally a movie and we added half an hour to it,” Graham mentioned. “And even if you were writing for three episodes, you might still consider it as a longish movie. But I think with Betaal, because it’s four episodes and it starts to approach the three-hour mark, we didn’t approach it in the same way as we would writing a movie.”
“We structured it as a series. We had different act structures with Betaal than we had with Ghoul. And I think that probably comes across in the sense that each episode is now [its own thing],” he mentioned. “Episode two, for example, is kind of the spooky haunted house episode. And episode three is more of an action episode. So they each have their different flavour.”
“Also with Ghoul, you were always with Nida [Apte], as the protagonist. You only had really one perspective throughout the series. But with Betaal, we’ve now got many different subplots and different characters, all with their own arc and their own story.”
And although it could seem to be a case of Graham shifting on from one miniseries to the following, somewhat than creating a second season, it is often less than the creators. Since they’re Netflix sequence, the streaming service has the only real energy in greenlighting one other run for its originals. Graham is blissful both approach.
“With Ghoul, the story could have continued, but it doesn’t necessarily have to,” Graham added. “It’s still a satisfying piece of work in its totality, as it is right now [on Betaal]. So I’m open minded about the whole thing. And really, it’s not up to me, unfortunately.”
Betaal is streaming on Netflix in India from 12.30pm on May 24.
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