Horror is a restrictive genre. Traditionally, it is associated with whipping up loud, quickfix tricks that guarantee instant scares, which is why script, performances and originality often take a backseat. It is a reason A-list artistes and filmmakers normally desist from participating in the genre. Netflix’s Ghost Stories is a collaborative attempt of filmmakers Zoya Akhtar, Anurag Kashyap, Dibakar Banerjee and Karan Johar.
Ghost Stories marks an exciting departure from that rule in Bollywood, what with four of the industry's most highly-regarded contemporary directors coming together to spin four scary tales that bear no connection with each other. Since this bunch has struck winners with Bombay Talkies and Lust Stories before this, the expectations were always high.
The lead cast in the four stories include Janhvi Kapoor, Surekha Sikri, Sobhita Dhulipala, Sukant Goel, Avinash Tiwary, and Mrunal Thakur.
Despite all the hype created ahead of its release, Twitter’s verdict says it is a waste of time, calling it disappointing and predictable.
Jst finished watching #AnuragKashyap episode of #GhostStories 1 of the worst n most disgusting piece of shit i have ever seen. Bollywood stp prvding money to Anurag he has been dishing out crap n after crap. Black Friday, Paanch, Gulal, GOW were made when he had no money— Sunil Shenoy (@sunil_shenoy) January 1, 2020
Watched the Anurag Kashyap episode in Ghost stories on Netflix. Probably the most self-indulgent piece of crap I have ever seen. You get all the money, no censorship, no Box office pressures and you let out such a stinky fart. His fanboys will go "Sir Kya paada hai aapne. Waah"— Gabbbar (@GabbbarSingh) January 1, 2020
Ghost Stories on Netflix isn’t scary. Just pure stupid. Bollywood can never make a good horror story. And this was 2 hours of thinking what the fuck am I watching— Sinderella (@Harvinbhuller) January 1, 2020
Review of 2nd story of #GhostStories by @anuragkashyap72— innocent fan(Manas Joshi) (@manasrocksss) January 1, 2020
jisko wo kahaani samajh aayi wo plz muje samjha Dena as I am ashamed of watching that shit as anurag was trying to give a stiff competition to Sasural simar ka.
Such a Disgusting, creepy story that will force u to vomit.
@anuragkashyap72 Dude just watched your #GhostStories . What a bull shit story. We dont want to see your psychic rotten mentality. We just expected a genuine horror storyDirectors like you are disgrace for our industry and Netflix will stream this all around the world. Pathetic.— Dev (@Dev0000009) December 31, 2019
Please watch Ghost Stories on Netflix; especially the one directed by Anurag Kashyap. That will explain his current state of Mind and his Stand and Opinions on things around Him. Hope his 2020 is Better than 2019. Guy really needs Help.— LuciferMorningStar (@SathayePP) January 1, 2020
My #GhostStories review -— Jashan Joshi (@jashanjoshi) January 1, 2020
1) Zoya Akhtar - Not scary enough but Janhvi was good
2) Anurag Kashyap - weird , disturbing, shite, complex climax
3) Dibakar Banerjee - not bad, hollywood influenced, complex climax
4) Karan Johar- engaging , best out of the lot.#ghoststoriesreview
With inputs from IANS