Years ago before Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp invaded our lives and stole our precious sleep, there were times when we used to huddle up with our siblings late night, attentively staring at the television screen and patiently waiting for our favorite horror shows. No matter how scared we were, we used to be big fans of the shows.
There was nothing as creepy as the white-powdered faces of the aatmas and the chudails, the over-dramatic music and the over-used witchy laugh in the background. What followed next were many sleepless nights.
This is our list of some horror shows which were once extremely popular among the Indian audience:
Zee Horror Show
Aired between the years 1993-1998, Zee Horror Show was presented by the famous Ramsay Brothers. It was telecast on Zee TV. Archana Puran Singh, Pankaj Dheer, Javed Singh are some of the actors who shot to fame after acting in this popular TV show of the ’90s.
Aahat was one of the best thriller/suspense serials to be aired on the Indian TV screens. It aired from 1996 to 2002 on Sony Entertainment Television. Created by B. P. Singh (also the creator of C.I.D.), it focused on different aspects of paranormal activities. There were zombies, spirits, witches and wizards, flying chairs and tables… almost everything possible to scare you out of your wits!
Ssshhhh… Koi hai
Ssshhhh…. Koi hai, started off like the normal horror serials aired on Star Plus. Later came “Vikraal”, the ultimate ghostbuster played by Mamik Singh. A little bit of humor was also added with the introduction of funny characters like Gabraal and Lily. It ran for three seasons, from 2001 to 2004.
X-Zone was another popular horror show aired on Zee TV from 1998 to 2002. It was a very critically-acclaimed show starring many popular stars like Irrfan Khan, Ashutosh Rana and Kay Kay Menon. What made X-Zone really creepy was its unique storyline, and also the special effects which was quite a hype during that time.
Suspense was yet another horror/suspense show aired on Zee TV, which kicked-off in 1998. Each episode was an hour long and featured a different story in a short-film format. The show aired its last episode in 2000.
No matter how much we deny, we have to accept that we were real fans of these shows and they definitely gave us the chills and we used to turn down the volume whenever the shrill spooky music played in the background. On this note, I take your leave. Happy Halloween everyone!