Zee TV beefs up prime time with supernatural thriller ‘Manmohini’

MUMBAI: Zee TV’s next primetime offering ‘Manmohini’ will take audiences on a trip of edgy fantasy. It tells the story of an enchanting sorceress, her unrequited love, desire, obsession, revenge, re-birth and everything in between. Produced by LSD Films, Manmohini will premiere on 27 November 2018 and air every Monday to Friday at 7.30 pm on Zee TV.

Set against the vibrant canvas of Rajasthan, where every grain of the desert sand tells a story, the show will chronicle the saga of Manmohini, an unfulfilled soul who has been longing to reunite with her love Rana Sa for 500 years and comes back from the past to haunt his contemporary incarnation Ram and his wife Siya. The show captures Siya’s unconditional love for Ram and her spirited battle against an immortal force as fierce as Mohini in order to keep her man.

In this unusual combat between two women, one a selfless modern day mortal and the other an obsessive, immortal spirit who resorts to the power of Bhura Jaadu to win back her love, audiences will find themselves rooting for both Siya and Mohini from time to time.

Zee TV business head Aparna Bhosle said, “Fantasy or supernatural thrillers find an instant connection as they offer viewers the relief of escapism. They transport audiences into an alternate reality away from the rigmarole of their daily routine. What sets Manmohini apart within the genre is that it is the first ever to explore the concept of Bhura Jaadu – a lesser known form of witchcraft that draws its power from the desert sands. The objective is not to propagate witchcraft or spread superstition but to tell a fascinating story of love against a surreal, larger-than-life backdrop. Mohini’s love for her man is deep and genuine, it is only her methods that are questionable. So, the audiences will alternate between empathising with her and rooting for Siya in their quest for Ram. With this differentiated offering, the idea is to add variety to our content mix and introduce a new flavour to our weekday primetime.”

LSD Films producer Prateek Sharma said, “Supernatural fantasy dramas are the flavor of the season and this genre has always excited me. Apart from layers of fantasy, Manmohini, at its core, is a love story set against the backdrop of Bhura Jaadu. Viewers have been conditioned to perceiving a witch as fearsome and dreary but haven’t envisioned her in love. The show will present Mohini as a woman so helplessly in love that she resorts to witchcraft to win her love. We have gone to great lengths in researching for the show through rare scriptures and the folk-lore from Rajasthan that has references of the traditional Ghagra Paltan cult having practiced this form of witchcraft.

“As a result, we have been able to nuance our characters in terms of their styling, dialect, their mannerisms, and their cultural sensibilities to ensure authenticity in our narrative. The canvas of the show gives us a lot of creative liberty to explore and experiment with riveting visuals of magic conjured from sand. To give the audiences a sense of authenticity, the show has been shot at some truly fascinating locales of Rajasthan, some of them known to be haunted. Manmohini is backed by strong VFX work that will make it visually spectacular. We feel honored to be associated with Zee TV and we hope to strengthen our association with the channel through this new intriguing offering.”

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