This week, the Emraan Hashmi and Nikita Dutta starrer Dybbuk, has premiered on Amazon Prime, which is based on the 16th Century ancient Jewish custom.
Dybbuk is Jewish mythological term which defines a dislocated and harmful possessing spirit ventured into another body and will leave only once it has accomplished its goal. In the film, which is a remake of Malayalam film, Ezra (2017), Emraan Hashmi (Sam) migrates to Mauritius with his wife, Maahi (played by Nikita Dutta). As the couple settle down in the beautiful island, Maahi sets out to buy the household items and encounters a mysterious but alluring box. As she brings the box to home and opens it, evil unravel its wrath around the house.
Directed by Jay K, who has remade his own tale, Ezra, Dybbuk starts off like a typical horror film where a couple enters a new house and as the heroine opens the pandora box, all hell break loose. Unfortunately, Dybbuk fails to bring in any tensed moments or the jump scare scenes, belonging to the 90’s cinema with the same old dolby-digital background noise, bad make-up and over-the-top visual effects. The writing is blemished with uneven pace which test your patience, eventually killing the curiosity to watch the film. The only silver-lining is the climax scene which gives a good twist and will keep you engaged for last few minutes.
Dybbuk does offer decent performances by the star cast which keeps you occupied but not for a long. Overall, a failed attempt with an interesting plot due to poor writing, weak direction and bad execution.