Histrionics v/s ghosts
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Histrionics v/s ghosts

Check out the latest shows to have hit the small screen.

tv Updated: Sep 29, 2010 13:09 IST
Rachana Dubey
Rachana Dubey
Hindustan Times

Show: Kali-Ek Agnipareeksha
11 pm, weekdays
Station: Star Plus
Cast: Ashutosh Rana

It’s Rachna’s (Swati Kapoor) struggle against a powerful, wealthy and lecherous business tycoon Thakral (Ashutosh Rana), who commits crimes at the drop of a hat.

He molests the girl, a popular and ambitious badminton player, who doesn’t take the crime silently. She revolts and gets him arrested. The drama begins.

Rana plays just any character with élan. This show gets points for its casting, the pace of the story telling, Kapoor and Rana’s superb performance, who plays his part effortlessly.

It loses points for the time slot in which the show airs. Also, the story has a familiar feel of films in the 1980s and ’90s.

What we like
Watch the show for Ashutosh Rana

What we don’t like
One invariably ends up missing the show at 11 pm.

Show: The Chair
Time: 7 pm, sundays
Station: UTV Bindass
Cast: Meiyang Chang, challengers andeerie locations

Apart from throwing challengers into a spooky place, which has been made spookier for the game’s sake, the show subtly propagates that ghosts and spirits exist.

The last segment of the show is quite disturbing, because you’re being shown communication between live people and spirits.

Thankfully, a disclaimer runs on the bottom of the screen that says that a ‘professional’ has performed the act. Yeah, right.

The Chair comes on air once a week on Sundays, when people are mentally preparing to go back to work the next morning. As far as finding a chair in the dark eerie places is concerned, it’s a cool game. But the latter part of the show could have been avoided. Not fun!

What we like
The idea of exploring spooky places in the country.

What we don’t like
Indirect propaganda on spirits and ghosts.

First Published: Sep 29, 2010 13:05 IST