Zee TV launched ‘Rooh’ on November 6 and Sony Entertainment channel launched its all-new thriller series ‘Aahat 2’ on November 19. These new series are defined not as horror shows but ‘supernatural thrillers’.
Ashvini Yardi, Head Programming, Zee TV, explained, "The series is a one-hour slot on Saturday that deals with the 'super-natural'. There is no blood or gore, as one would expect in a horror show, no ugly faces, gnashing teeth, tantriks and no loud drama. In that sense, the themes that we are dealing with are very different. The treatment given to these shows is also very novel, very real.”
Supernatural and suspense stories seem to have always found a huge fan following among Indian audience. Tarun Katial, Executive Vice President, Programming and Response, Sony Entertainment Television, said, “Sony has always explored programming with new concepts and genres, providing a well-balanced mix of innovative shows appealing to every member of the family. ‘Aahat’ has been one of the most successful and popular properties on the channel and ‘Aahat 2’ also promises to grip the viewers, further strengthening the channel’s franchise on Fridays.”
‘Aahat 2’, on the first day of its launch, got a TVR of 4.75 in the Hindi speaking market, though the second episode saw a drop in the TVR, it might still be a bit too early to comment. ‘Rooh’ is however seeing a steady rise in its TVR. While the first episode got 0.88 by the third episode the TVR had gone up to 1.22.
Commenting on the initial response of ‘Rooh’, Yardi said, “The opening of the series has been good. Since people were tired of watching the same old loud drama when it came to horror series, I think ‘Rooh’ is a pleasant change, different from the rest.” She added, “The new element in the series is that now we have started asking people for their experiences with the supernatural. Our internal team shall decide on the one that is most worthy of being converted into an episode”.