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Paranormal activity on TV

Channel approaches Bollywood actors to host upcoming show on real-life supernatural stories.

tv Updated: May 28, 2012 17:41 IST
Kavita Awaasthi

With reality shows and soap dramas aplenty on TV, Zee has decided to go back to horror, a genre that has proved to be extremely popular in the past (Remember the Zee Horror Show?). The channel’s yet-untitled show, however, promises to be different. This one will not be fictional, but be based on real-life stories and accounts of supposedly paranormal experiences.

Set to be shot in locations all across India, the channel says that the focus will be on a realistic presentation of the recreated, dramatised version of the original stories. And while they are sure to have an air of suspense and mystery, they will be without any gore or violence.

When asked, Sukesh Motwani, fiction head, Zee TV, refused to divulge details, saying, “Yes, we are working on such a show, but it’s too early to talk about it.” But rumours have it that the hunt is on for an anchor, someone who can provide an intriguing and insightful account of the supposedly scary stories. The channel has approached some Bollywood personalities for the job, such as actors Kay Kay Menon, Gul Panag, Jimmy Shergill and Manoj Bajpai, and director-producer Vikram Bhatt.

A source from the channel says, “The anchor will play a pivotal role in each episode, introducing the story to the audience and delving into the so-called paranormal phenomenon.”

The genre should interest audiences as the stories will be based on facts and be presented in a credible manner. The format will also be the first of its kind on Indian television.

“A lot of research for the show has already been done,” our source also informs, “And we will be keeping in mind the sentiments of the Indian audience.”