Move over bickering mother-in-laws and nagging wives. The shows on the tube are introducing new scheming characters —the ghosts. While on one hand the spooky element gives the tale a fresh twist, on the other, it attempts to revive the viewer’s interest.
For instance, Hamari Sister Didi actor Pariva Pranati’s character is often seen conversing with the spirit of her dead husband. "This supernatural element was introduced by the makers to make the show more interesting for the audience as well as to excel in the number game," observes Pariva.
A spirit shown sitting on the back of the female lead in Hamari Sister Didi, inspired from a Hollywood film poster.
Then, there was the concluding track of the show Uttaran, a show known for melodramatic rona-dhona, which also ended on a ‘ghostly’ note. "The fans loved the twist. And the fact that it was at the end of the track, made it better and justified a lot of things which were happening on the show," says actor Tina Dutta, whose character Meethi was shown as possessed in the story.
The graveyard sequence from Qubool Hai.
A ghost angle has also been introduced in the show, Tum Aise Hi Rehna, where an evil spirit is shown to be in love with the male protagonist. "There is a ghost angle which has been added to create a twist in the story. And the ghost is shown sitting on the back of the male lead’s wife, the concept being inspired by a Hollywood movie poster. It has an instant connect with the audience," says actor Kinshuk Mahajan, who is the male lead on the show.