‘Ghoul’ is an Indian horror and thriller TV series created by Patrick Graham and is the second Netflix original from the country. Based on Arab folklore of a monster, it is set in a detention camp where a high-level terrorist is brought in for interrogation. The concept of the story stems from Arabic Folklore where a ghoul is said to be a demonic and evil spirit that merges and blends in with humans. It has been claimed to be flaccid and to take any form and shape of a human. By making a specific symbol with their blood, anyone can call upon a Ghoul but should be ready to sell their soul to it.
Graham has both written and directed the series, the idea of which came to him in a dream. It has been produced by Jason Blum, Anurag Kashyap, Ryan Turek, Vikramaditya Motwane, Michael Hogan, Kilian Kerwan, John Penotti and Suraj Gohill. All of them have pitched in through their production companies- Blumhouse Television, Phantom Films and Ivanhoe Pictures. Blumhouse is known for producing Academy Award-nominated movies like ‘Get Out‘, ‘Whiplash‘ and ‘BlacKkKlasnman‘. They are a prominent name in horror genre with films like ‘Paranormal Activity‘, ‘The Purge’, ‘Insidious‘, ‘Split‘ and ‘Happy Death Day‘ under their belt. The spoils of Phantom Films include ‘Lootera’, ‘Queen’, ‘Ugly’, ‘NH10’ and ‘Masaan’.
Ghoul Cast: Who’s in it?
With a minimal cast in a confined environment, ‘Ghoul’ is a pool of talented Indian actors. The star of the show is one of the finest actresses in contemporary Indian cinema, Radhika Apte, who plays the role of a military interrogator called Nida Rahim. It is Apte’s third collaboration with Netflix, following ‘Sacred Games‘ and ‘Lust Stories’. Before heading towards movies, she had considerable experience in theatre. Apart from Hindi, she has also worked in Tamil, Telugu, Bengali, Marathi and Malayalam language films. She has starred in mainstream movies like ‘Badlapur’, ‘Pad Man‘ and ‘Andhadhun‘. However, her best work is known to be in Indian independent films like ‘Manjhi- The Mountain Man’, ‘Phobia’ and ‘Parched‘.
Mahesh Balraj plays the role of a terrorist called Ali Saeed Al Yacoub is said to have the ability to read peoples’ secrets along with having demonic powers. It also stars Manav Kaul in the role of Dacunha, Malhar Goenka as Babloo, S. M. Zaheer as Shahnawaz Rahim, Ratnabali Bhattacharjee as Major Laxmi Das, Rohit Pathak as Captain Lamba, Robin Das and Maulvi and Surender Thakur as Faulad Singh.