Spooky shows are the flavour of television this season
Gone are the days when Indian audiences thrived on saas-bahu sagas and other sob stories for their daily dose of entertainment. Tastes have changed, making way for a rather unique genre that has taken television by storm— supernatural and horror. Surprisingly, it seems to be working well with audiences.
Actor Tinaa Dattaa, who became a household name as a simple girl in Uttaran, will soon be seen as a witch in her upcoming show, Daayan. “While the genre always had a loyal viewer base, the trend recently gained further momentum,” says Tinaa. Agreeing that TV used to be dominated by family dramas, the actor adds, “It’s a good thing that we are able to provide fresh content to the audience with our work.”
For the longest time, it was believed these genres do not get a good viewership in cities, but in rural areas where superstitious beliefs are stronger. But rising TRPS only go on to change this notion.
Actor Vivek Dahiya, who plays the lead in Qayamat Ki Raat, says, “Globally, I feel one concept which has worked is that goodness overpowers evil.” When it comes to watching such shows, he adds, “everyone wants a thrill in life and through our shows, we are offering new thrill, new graphics, action, romance etc. It’s like a whole package.”
Veteran actors are feeling the pull of a genre which was once ridiculed. “Bollywood had many hits in this category, Stree being the latest. I guess it’s the adrenaline rush that makes it exciting,” says actor Juhi Parmar, who debuts in the genre with Tantra.
Producer Shashi Mittal adds: “This [supernatural shows] is a product of demand and supply. With the success of certain horror shows, every channel wants to host one. If at all a point comes, where there is an overdose of this genre, only the best will survive.”
People want to watch these shows and with the success of certain horror shows, every channel wants to host one. If at all a point comes, where there is an overdose of this genre, only the best will survive.
SHASHI MITTAL PRODUCER