Spooky shows are the flavour of tele­vi­sion this sea­son

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - City - - FRONT PAGE - Yashika Mathur

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

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