‘Adhura’ is a series that, despite its limited emphasis on horror, manages to captivate viewers with its engaging storyline. It establishes itself as a spooky series that holds the audience’s interest until the very end.
The story unfolds in a boarding school situated in a tranquil hill station. It begins with the news of a death and introduces Vedant, a quiet boy who is frequently bullied by his classmates. After being locked up in a locker one night, Vedant is rescued by a mysterious entity. This incident transforms Vedant, empowering him to take charge of the events occurring in the school and stand up to his bullies. The narrative then shifts to the reunion of the school’s 2007 batch, where Ishwak Singh’s character, Adhiraj, seeks to reconnect with his best friend Ninad Raman, portrayed by Poojan Chhabra. As Adhiraj delves into their shared past, he unravels long-hidden secrets lurking within the school campus for fifteen years. Supriya Ghosh (played by Rasika Dugal), the school’s student counselor, becomes involved in Adhiraj’s quest and confronts her own haunting past.
The series features a strong ensemble cast that brings life to their respective characters and contributes significantly to the progression of the plot. Ishwak Singh delivers a compelling performance as Adhiraj, a person battling past demons. Rasika Dugal excels in her portrayal of Supriya Ghosh, the student counselor struggling to assist Vedant while dealing with her own secrets. Shrenik Arora leaves a lasting impression as the quiet and bullied Vedant, showcasing remarkable transformation in various situations. The supporting cast, including Zoa Morani, Sahil Salathia, Poojan Chhabra, and Rijul Ray, adds depth and engagement to the storyline.
Directors Gauravv K Chawla and Ananya Bannerjee skillfully craft a story that explores not only supernatural horror but also the horrors of bullying and confronting one’s haunting past. The cinematography by Srijan Chaurasia and the background score by John Stewart Eduri contribute to the eerie atmosphere that permeates ‘Adhura.’
Despite its limited focus on horror elements, ‘Adhura’ distinguishes itself as a spooky series that successfully keeps viewers engaged with its captivating storyline. With its commendable performances, skillful direction, and atmospheric presentation, the series manages to leave a lasting impact. ‘Adhura’ is currently available for streaming on Amazon Prime Video.
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