Inter-title of Aahat
|Created by||B. P. Singh|
|Creative director(s)||Dharam Pal Dhiman|
|Country of origin||India|
|No. of seasons||6|
|No. of episodes||34 Season 6 (as of 30 April 2015) (list of episodes)|
|Producer(s)||B. P. Singh
|Running time||42 minutes approximately|
|Production company(s)||Fireworks Productions|
|Original channel||Sony Entertainment Television India
Sony Entertainment Television Asia
|Original run||12 October 1995– Present|
|Related shows||Ssshhhh...Koi Hai
Raat Hone Ko Hai
Aahat (English: An Approaching Sound) is an Indian thriller/horror television anthology series created by B. P. Singh for Sony Entertainment Television India and Sony Entertainment Television Asia. The location of the series is set in Mumbai, India. The series which premiered on 12 October 1995, is the longest running horror television series in India, completing five seasons. The episodes of first, second and fifth seasons were half–hourly, while episodes of third and fourth seasons were one–hourly. Many leading actors and actresses of the Indian film industry have acted in the series namely Om Puri, Mandira Bedi, Tom Alter, Ashutosh Rana, Shivaji Satham, Virendra Saxena and many more. Canadian actor, Remi Kaler, also worked in this series in 1999 and 2000. The sixth season premiered on Wednesday, 18 February 2015, starring Shakti Anand.
- 1 Plot
- 2 Production
- 3 Series overview
- 4 Seasons
- 5 Special appearances
- 6 Critical reception
- 7 International broadcast
- 8 References
- 9 External links
Every week two new stories are aired and each story airs for one hour. The series is based on fictional stories. The first season was more of a crime thriller-whodunit with only occasional episodes on the supernatural. The episodes were full of murder mysteries with twist ending. Than after the first season, each story focused on a different aspect of paranormal activity, such as ghosts, zombies, phantoms, undead persons, possessed objects and witches and wizards. The current (sixth) season showcases stories that are bolder, terrifying and daunting than before. Each episode is as sleek as a movie with real stories and sinister ghosts. Each episode features a popular television actor, making the narration exciting for the viewers.
Series creator, B. P. Singh, before working on the concept of Aahat, he used to work as a cameraman at Doordarshan, for ten years between 1973 and 1983. He was interested in making thriller programs. He said "I have had a great fascination for thrillers."
He made a film called Sirf Char Din - a murder mystery - which was relayed on Doordarshan. Then he produced Ek Shunya Shunya for Doordarshan again. Then he made a few Marathi serials for Doordarshan. Then, Sony TV was launched in October 1995. He said "Those days, the satellite channel invasion was being talked about a lot." He thought to do something on satellite channels. During his days at Doordarshan, he had started with C.I.D. (Indian TV series). Then he produced Aahat.
|Season premiere||Season finale|
|1||287||12 October 1995||Late 2001|
|2||28||19 November 2004||10 June 2005|
|3||21||13 January 2007||9 June 2007|
|4||66||13 November 2009||26 June 2010|
|5||78||28 June 2010||25 November 2010|
|6||TBA||18 February 2015||TBA|
Aahat was first shot in 1994 as a suspense thriller, and began broadcast on 12 October 1995, each story being split across two episodes. The season aired on every Thursday at 10 PM IST, later shifting to every Friday at 10:30 PM IST. After about 40 episodes with the same theme, one episode with a supernatural theme was made and when audiences for the series rose sharply, it made the switch. In August 2002, Sony TV reran the season.
The second season aired on every Friday at 9 PM IST, later shifting to 9:30 PM IST in March 2005. The episode format was same as of the first season.
The third season was titled as Aahat: Dahshat Ki Teesri Dastak (English: Light Sound: The Third Coming of Horror). The season aired on every Saturday at 10 PM IST, each story being shown in a single episode.
The fourth season was titled Aahat: The All New Series, which aired on every Friday and Saturday at 11 PM IST. These three protagonists Harsh, Raghav and Yamini who dealt with a new supernatural power every week with the story being split into two episodes. They worked for PASAR (Paranormal And Supernatural Activities Research) where the head was Durjan, an old man who used to collect powers from the spirits for his boss. In each episode, he used to give a new assignment to these protagonists.
The fifth season aired 4 days a week on every Monday–Thursday at 10:30 PM IST, later shifting to 11 PM IST on 20 September 2010. Every week, two stories were shown, each story being split across two episodes.
Maut Ka Khel
On 20 September 2010, there was a featured 16-episodes of the story "Maut Ka Khel" (English: "The Game of Death") - the 15-years of Aahat celebration story. The story is about the twelve noted celebrities who lived in a 200 year old haunted house fighting against all the horror stricken odds. These celebrities tried their best to survive in a haunted house. The shooting was shot in Satara. The one who survived till the end was to be declared the winner. Roshni Chopra and Gautam Rode were declared the winners at the end. This special series ended on 14 October 2010.
The first episode of the sixth installation of the series premiered on 18 February 2015. The season previously aired two days a week, on every Wednesday and Thursday at 11 PM IST. Now the series airs four days a week on every Monday–Thursday from 23 March 2015, due to the good response of the season.
- 20 and 27 May 2005 - Urmila Matondkar to promote her Bollywood film Naina
- 25 and 26 October 2010 - Jimmy Shergill to promote his Bollywood film A Flat
- 6 April 2015 - Sunny Leone to promote her Bollywood film Ek Paheli Leela. But she was roped in by the production house.
The first and the fourth seasons generally received positive reception from critics, while rest of the seasons generally received mixed to negative reviews. When asked Shakti Anand, about why the series was shut down in 2010, he replied "Aahat saw a decline because they were showing the same kind of story and effects that we used 20 years back with things like "bhoot bangl", "bangle ki rani" and "Aatma"."
The sixth season is generally receiving mixed to negative reviews from critics. Vineeta Kumar of India TV negatively stated, "As against everybody’s expectations, the show doesn’t seem that impressive."
Sweta Kaushal of Hindustan Times also negatively stated, "The new episode of Aahat does not scare at all and lives up to all the comic cliches that Indian horror shows have been following till date. At best, it is hilarious."
Shakti Anand gave the the first season 3.5 stars. Kids gave the fourth season 4/5 stars.
Vineeta Kumar of India TV gave the sixth season 2/5 stars, and further stated, "For all those who would be expecting grand with the elements of horror and spook in it, ‘Aahat’ has come with a slight disappointment."
Sweta Kaushal of Hindustan Times giving the same ratings to the sixth season, further stated, "The new episode shows women with bad make-up as the ghosts."
Fireworks Productions was nominated for Best Continuing TV Programme and for Best Thriller/Horror Show Of The Year of Indian Telly Awards in 2002. Sujit Pattnaik and Tanmoy Ghosh won Indian Television Academy Awards for Best Visual Effects in 2010, while Himanshu, Yogen and Kamal were nominated for the same category of the same award in 2005 and 2012, however, winning in 2011.
Aahat has been dubbed in other Indian languages. It was dubbed in Tamil and was broadcast on Raj TV on 6 June 2005. It is also dubbed in Bengali and Urdu languages and is broadcast on Sony Aath and A Plus Entertainment respectively.
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