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Where ghosts don’t scare!

Latest televisions shows: Punar Vivaah and Haunted Nights.

tv Updated: Feb 29, 2012 17:35 IST
Rachana Dubey
Rachana Dubey
Hindustan Times

Show: Haunted Nights
Time: 11 pm, Weekdays
Station: Sahara One
Cast: : Scary-looking starlets, dim lights, gory make-up
Rating: *1/2

What happens when a show, meant to scare you, makes you smile, frown or do anything but get frightened? You switch the channel, simple! Trust us, we’ve dared to sit through this show for five evenings, trying to analyse what could precisely scare a viewer if he or she watches this show. Sadly, there’s nothing.

There’s been a vacuum for a scary show on desi TV. And no one, including the producer of this show (Vikram Bhatt), has managed to fill the void. But we have to admit the promos this time were promising. The show isn’t.

In terms of scary elements, there are those typical Ramsay-film-type sound effects, and expressions on the faces of the TV starlets and the supporting junior artistes. It’s amazing how an Indian ghost never appears in daylight (night riders? Eh!). There’s nothing to write about the stories shown so far. You never know if something rave-worthy comes up in the forthcoming weeks. Till then, remember the show airs at 11 pm, and there’s no harm going to bed early!

What we like
Courage to air a scary show.
In some cases, casting for a role .

We don’t like
Typical scary elements.
Not-so-novel stories, hamming…The works!

Show: Punar Vivaah
Time: 10:30 pm, Weekdays
Station: Zee TV
Cast: Kratika Sengar, Gurmeet Chaudhry
Rating: ***1/2

Remarriage for a couple with kids from their previous spouses is a fresh idea. The treatment, although melodramatic, is sensitive. The show revolves around Aarti and Yash (Kratika and Gurmeet) whose parents are coaxing them to remarry for the sake of their kids.

Applauses for the casting of the lead pair; they’re not overexposed and gel well with their characters. Kratika has broken the mould of Rani Laxmibai, the character she played in her previous show and Gurmeet is no longer Ram from Ramayan. The story has progressed swiftly, with flashbacks into the characters’ back-stories.

Performances are satisfactory. Sets are too magnificent. The director should take a bow for keeping the episodes engaging.

What we like
Novel concept.
Presentation of story.

We don’t like
Melodramatic add-on characters.

First Published: Feb 29, 2012 11:27 IST