ZEE5 recently announced its association with renowned author Ruskin Bond where 12 of his ghost stories come alive on screen Parchhayee - Ghost stories by Ruskin Bond. The first one THE GHOST IN THE GARDEN starring Farida Jalal, Sarah-Jane Dias, Swanand Kirkire received a phenomenal response and now presenting the next story from the anthology THE WIND ON HAUNTED HILL starring Manav Vij, Dalip Tahil, Sara Arjun, Mazel Vyaas, Armaan Ansari & Gauri Singh.
The Wind On Haunted Hill, swept by howling winds blowing down from the Himalayan snows, stands the ruins of a deserted house. The residents, including two children, had been killed when a bolt of lightning struck the house years ago. A 12-year-old local girl is forced to take shelter in the ruins after being caught in a downpour on her way back from the bazaar. As the afternoon fades into the evening, the two younger siblings, a boy and a girl, are set out in the rain to look for their elder sister. The older sister doesn’t know that her younger siblings are in the ruins and they don’t know she is there. With thumping hearts, the soaked children count seconds, trying not to be alarmed by the howl of the wind, the groan of the oak that has spread roots in the ruins, and the sounds made by a wild cat and an owl that have also moved into the derelict structure. Then as lightning occasionally illuminates the dark interiors of the ruins, the children see ghostly figures of other children. Are they seeing each other, or do they have company?
National award-winning director V.K. Prakash who has directed the story says, “Ruskin Bond short stories have always been fascinating. Each story creates its own little world of fantasy. The idea to adapt these stories on screen is what drew me towards the project. It was a wonderful experience creating Ruskin Bond's world on screen, shooting in cold, scenic hill stations. Plus, the added benefit of it being on a huge platform such as ZEE5 would ensure its vast reach. Banijay Productions has been doing some very good work off late and without their support and passion towards this project, it would have not been possible to achieve the results we have achieved.”
Actor Manav Vij said, “Working for ZEE5 and Banijay’s upcoming Ruskin Bond series has been an amazing experience. I always had this fascination with Ruskin bond stories as a child and considering it is my launch into the web space, I was looking for a character this unique. Thank you to ZEE5 and Banijay for bringing this opportunity to me. While shooting with them, I only wished this short story was longer and didn’t finish so early. Looking forward to work with them again. All the best for the show.”