Casper goes Indian in a new children’s series Ghost Bana Dost, starting December 19 on Star One. Model-actor Milind Soman, who makes his debut as television producer announced the weekly series early this week.
Milind, who wooed children on the telly as the lead in the sci-fi saga Captain Vyom, said, “Kids’ programming is big. But I don’t want to make anything that talks down to the children, rather something that appeals to the adults in the family as well.”
Style check Sporting a Mangal Pandey-style moustache, long locks, rugged unkempt look, contrasted with a mischievous smile, he introduced the show’s teenage and peppy ‘ghost’ Ni Ke (Manish Paul).
Milind plays the indulgent father figure, letting his cast take the limelight. But the buzz refuses to die down around him — age certainly hasn’t dimmed one of our best-known male model’s charm. “But I don’t make girls’ hearts beat faster anymore,” he modestly says.
The ghost story Veering on the topic of his serial, he talks about Ghost Bana Dost’s storyline. An exploited “poor little rich kid” Dabboo meets Ni Ki, the ghost, by chance. The script revolves around how Ni Ke uses his supernatural powers to better Dabboo’s sorry state of affairs.
“It’s about relationships, growing up experiences and emotions that are relatable at a basic level,” explains Milind.
On similarities to the popular friendly comic ghost Casper, he says, “Casper was animated, but our ghost Ni Ke is a per son and much better looking than Casper.
But there are two similarities between the two — they are good-hearted, but mischievous ghosts.” Milind adds, “Though there may be occasional plot similarities, Ghost Bana Dost is an in digenous concept we have been working on.” He says only good scripts and presentation will work on TV And a . sneak preview of the show does support his claim of having “some of the best special effects seen on TV”.
And does Milind believe in ghosts? “Only in good ghosts.”