After nearly 5 years of gap, Emraan Hashmi returns to the horror genre with a stellar performance. Viewers had a lot of expectations from the film, but Emraan Hashmi’s ‘Dybbuk’ is a film that actually missed the horror factor and failed tragically to impress the audiences. Let’s read out in detail…


The tale revolves around the challenges that a young couple faces as a consequence of an antic Jewish box that contains a sinister and tragic mystery.

Dybbuk hits all the buttons and formulas associated with the genre but doesn’t offer anything unique or special to the viewers.

The movie, directed by Jay K., is an official remake of the Malayalam classic ‘Ezra.’ ‘Dybbuk: The Curse is Real’ is a venture between T-Series and Panorama Studios. Dybbuk is available to watch on Amazon Prime Video.

Dybbuk Starcast: Emraan Hashmi, Nikita Dutta, Manav Kaul, Denzil Smith, Imaad Shah and Darshana Banik

Dybbuk Director: Jay K


The concept of the movie is built on a Jewish myth about spirits that are confined in a box named Dybbuk and then freed, creating mayhem. Emraan’s role has a job that takes him to Mauritius, where he stays in a villa rented by his bosses. Emraan and Nikita’s characters are having trouble adjusting to their new circumstances, and their happiness is disturbed when Dybbuk turns up at their residence through an antic store visit.

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Dybbuk Review: Script Analysis

The first section of Jay K’s screenplay is good to watch, but the second section fails because there are few scary sequences in the storyline. Chintan Gandhi’s dialogues with extra dialogues by Manu Warrier are basic and unimpressive.

Movie Dybbuk

Movie Dybbuk

Despite the fact that the movie is just 102 minutes long, he should have chopped the plot even further. In addition, the horror element is noticeably absent in the post-interval hour. The pre-climax twist should have been better handled.

Emrann & Nikita in Movie Dybbuk

Emrann & Nikita in Movie Dybbuk

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Dybbuk Review: Star Performances

Emraan Hashmi comes back to his love-horror movies with Dybbuk after a prolonged gap and gives a seamless presence. He’s indeed one of the factors you’ll want to see in the movie. Even during the exorcism scenes, the actor maintains credibility.

Emraan Hashmi in Dybbuk

Emraan Hashmi in Dybbuk

Nikita Dutta, who plays his wife, throws up a decent performance. Manav Kaul, who portrays the rabbi, has a promising start, but his part eventually turns predictable. Denzil Smith delivered a good performance. Imaad Shah and Darshana Banik end up making the finest of their brief appearances.

Nikita Dutta in Dybbuk

Nikita Dutta in Dybbuk

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Dybbuk Review: Direction and Music

Jay’s work appears to be yet another typical horror narrative with red-eyed spirits shattered mirrors, shaking chairs, and flashing lights. Dybbuk focuses on ambient fear rather than terrifying visuals.

Satya Ponmar’s cinematography enhances suspense in the film. However, writers and directors don’t come up with new ways to terrify audiences rather than relying on the same old visuals.

Dybbuk is a movie without any song. The background score is crucial in horror films, and in Dybbuk it is good.  In terms of VFX and location, the movie is special but the direction has a lot of scopes to improve.

Dybbuk may disappoint people hoping for jump scares and “heart in the mouth” scenes. The movie fails to draw any emotion from the audience.