After taking on multiple genres from thrillers, comedy to docu-dramas, ZEE5 today announced another interesting upcoming web series, based on stories written by Padma Bhushan, Padma Shri awardee & renowned author, Ruskin Bond. Titled PARCHAYEE – Ghost Stories by Ruskin Bond. Each episode in the series will be based on handpicked tales written by Ruskin Bond and will be produced by Banijay Asia & Opus Communication.
On the collaboration, Ruskin Bond said, “Whenever I run out of people to write about, I cook up a few ghosts. Or they appear before me! I am happy that my stories are coming alive for the first time on a digital platform and I look forward to watching them on ZEE5. I hope my readers will enjoy the series.”
National award-winning directors including V.K. Prakash and Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury among others, have been brought on board to bring to life these fantastically chilling tales. The first four episodes will be based on popular stories – The Ghost in the Garden and The Wind on Haunted Hill, which will be directed by V.K Prakash, while Wilson’s Bridge and The Overcoat will be directed by Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury.
Shot in surreal cinematic locations across India with mystic, magical, occult, psychic and supernatural elements, PARCHAYEE – Ghost Stories by Ruskin Bond will redefine paranormal story depictions. Unlike usual horror plots which are sprinkled with emotions like envy, fear, anxiety and vengeance, these stories will take you into a world of their own, full of mystery and secrecy which will leave you craving for more.
“ZEE5 has been constantly pushing the envelope when it comes to exploring new and differentiated storylines and themes to delight its audiences globally. Ruskin Bond needs no introduction as many of us have grown up with his unusual stories. We are delighted to bring some of his best loved tales to life in our latest web series PARCHAYEE – Ghost Stories by Ruskin Bond, and take them to our audiences around the globe.” said Archana Anand, Chief Business Officer – ZEE5 Global
Deepak Dhar, Founder & CEO, Banijay Asia said, “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed reading Ruskin Bond in my growing years. His simple storytelling blended with interesting characters in an unusual setting has always captivated me. Working on this legacy of Ruskin Bond has been like a dream come true project for us at Banijay Asia. We have been investing heavily in original developments along with Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury hence I am really delighted to get this opportunity to be associated with ZEE5 for these exciting ghost stories and I really hope the show is well received among the masses.”
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