Netflix has released the first trailer for Ghoul, the next original series from India that will be the first in the horror genre from the country. It was announced in February as one of three new originals from India.
The Ghoul trailer opens by setting up Radhika Apte's character, a newly-minted interrogator named Nida Rahim who topped her class with the highest scores. She's congratulated for the sacrifice she made by turning in her own father as an anti-government activist and is then given a new job by a high-ranking officer (Manav Kaul, from Tumhari Sulu): draw out a confession from a feared terrorist named Ali Saeed Al Yacoub (Mahesh Balraj, casting associate on Haider).
Based on Arabic folklore, the three-part Ghoul – premiering August 24 on Netflix – is set at a covert detention centre, where Rahim learns that some of the terrorists held there are not of this world. That helps explain the series' title, as what begins as a simple interrogation – Al Yacoub keeps repeating the same thing as a chant – slowly turns into a horror-house story, with the prisoner revealing himself to be possessed by a spirit.
Written and directed by Patrick Graham, Ghoul is a co-production between Anurag Kashyap and Vikramaditya Motwane's Phantom Films, Jason Blum's Blumhouse Productions, and Ivanhoe Pictures. Ratnabali Bhattacharjee (Sold) and casting associate Mallhar Goenka (Titli) are part of the supporting cast.
It'll be the third Netflix production for Apte after the anthology film Lust Stories and India's first Netflix original series Sacred Games, which premiered last Friday; and the second for Phantom Films, having developed Sacred Games on its own.
We discussed Ghoul on Transition, Gadgets 360's pop culture and gaming podcast. The Ghoul discussion starts at 34:40. You can listen to it via Apple Podcasts or RSS, or just listen to this week's episode by hitting the play button below.
Akhil Arora covers entertainment for Gadgets 360, interviewing stars such as Christian Bale and Anurag Kashyap, covering series premieres, product and service launches across the globe, and looking at American blockbusters and Indian dramas from a global socio-political and feminist perspective. As a Rotten Tomatoes-certified film critic, Akhil has reviewed over 150 movies and TV shows in over half a decade at Gadgets 360. When he is not completely caught up with new film and TV releases, Akhil