By Janmejay Patil(29 May 2012)
“I care about the people who are close to me and I love them!!!” Each and every one of us feels this way. But is it really true? Does this “Straight from the heart” feeling ever get tested? Suppose if someone really goes through the grind to discover whether these feelings are true, who decides on whether one has passed this test or not? Nobody really cares about finding these answers. We always believe in the fact that we care for the people who are close to us and not often the time comes when one has to truly face the test.
This story is about such an individual who conveniently believed that he loved his wife and his three year old son more than himself. But along came the day when all his beliefs where tested and shaken to the core; that too in a trap which he had designed himself.
Rishi Marathe, a creative director in a Marathi Entertainment Channel. His family consists of his wife, Aditi Marathe, a professional painter who has almost given up her career to take care of their only child, Vivaan. To save his Channel from closure, Rishi designs a first ever Reality Horror show to be telecast on their channel. The show is concentrated on a participant, who has to fight against all odds, illusions, and potential spirits and reach his wife who awaits him in a safe place. The entire show gets scripted by the channel under Rishi’s guidance. “Ranghar Palace” gets finalized and to ensure that the show is a grand success; the palace is projected as a mysterious and supposedly haunted place by means of promotions on their channel. The night when the show is set to begin, circumstances force Rishi to participate along with his wife Aditi. The script goes for a toss when things go horribly wrong in the palace, leading to the beginning of a horror game show which no one has ever witnessed before, that too live on television across Maharashtra! “AIK” (Listen)!