Aahat is back but will it scare you?

  • Sweta Kaushal, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Feb 20, 2015 13:41 IST

The horror show that ruled the small screen in 90s, is back in its sixth season.

After almost a decade, Aahat is back to haunt, or so we thought. The new episode of Aahat does not scare at all and lives up to all the comic cliches that Indian horror shows have been following till date. At best, it is hilarious.

Sony premiered the sixth season of Aahat on Wednesday, February 18. Aahat first ran from 1995 to 2001 in its maiden season and then returned for new seasons in 2004-05, 2007, 2009 and 2010.

Shakti Anand, who has been one of the frequent faces in various horror shows like Shh..Koi Hai, returns to the genre with Aahat. Earlier, speaking about the show, Shakti said, "Aahat has received a great response from its previous seasons. This time we have done a different level of shooting. On execution level, there will be a lot of changes. I did Ssshhhh...Koi Hai a long time ago. But now we have better techniques -- be it with sound or camera. Horror is all about bass sound effects and VFX, which together can scare people. The makers have done a lot of research before getting the show back. Earlier, shows used to lack production values, but Aahat will increase the horror quotient in the genre."

The new episode shows women with bad make-up as the ghosts. And a kid who considers the ghost to be his dead mom. The ghost tries all tricks in the book - from creaking open doors to scaring away dogs and making victims fly in the air, by their hair! Ghosts believe in equal oportunities, you see. Just because they have supernatural powers, doesn't mean they will use it against someone who does not, they would rather slap victims to scare others: Invisible slaps showering on someone? Haawww!

"Aahat saw a decline because they were showing the same kind of story and effects that we used 20 years back with things like 'bhoot bangla', 'bangle ki rani' and 'Aatma'. Today when we see western films, and so we usually laugh at all the past things we used as scary elements," said Shakti Anand, one of the main characters in the first episode. Well, much hasn't changed dear friend!

The actor also pointed out at how Indian moviemakers and showmakers are restricted in their ability to tell horror stories like The Exorcist as they also need to cater to the rural audience. And for that, "they have to keep the storyline simple." Simple is fine but illogical? Please give us something better.

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