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Ssshhhh...Koi Hai
शशश...कोई है
Inter-title of Ssshhhh...Koi Hai
Also known as Ssshhhh...Phir Koi Hai (Season 2–3)
Genre Horror
Created by Prem Krishen Malhotra
& Sunil Mehta
(Season 1)
Abhimanyu Singh
(Season 1–3)
Written by Arshad Sayed
Directed by
  • Kaushik Ghatak
  • Pavan S. Kaul
  • Nitin Kakkar
  • Govind Agrawal
  • Suraj Rao
  • Vinod Manikrao
Creative director(s) Vincent Franklin
Starring See below
Country of origin India
Original language(s) Hindi
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 393 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
  • Anirudh
  • Mani
  • Randhir Rai
  • Tanveer Alam
  • Nishith Madiar
Producer(s) Prem Krishen Malhotra
& Sunil Mehta
(Season 1)
Abhimanyu Singh
(Season 1–3)
  • Ganga Kacharla
  • K. Rajgopal
  • Sachindra Vats
Location(s) Mumbai, India
  • Shakil B. Khan
  • Subhransu
  • Sandip Yadav
Running time 45 minutes approx.
Production company(s) Cinevistaas Limited
(Season 1)
Contiloe Entertainment
(Season 1–3)
Original channel Star Plus (Season 1)
Star One (Season 2–3)
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
Original release 27 July 2001 (2001-07-27) – 16 May 2010 (2010-05-16)
Related shows Aahat
Raat Hone Ko Hai
External links

Ssshhhh...Koi Hai (Hindi: शशश...कोई है English: Ssshhhh...someone's there) was an Indian thriller/horror television anthology series created by Cinevistaas Limited and Contiloe Entertainment for Star Plus. The first season was created by them together, while later seasons were only created by Abhimanyu Singh and were aired on Star Plus' sister channel STAR One. The series which premiered on 27 July 2001, ran for three seasons ending on 16 May 2010, with a total of more than 350 episodes produced.[1]

Various well-known actors and actresses of Indian film industry have appeared in intermittent roles of the series, namely Shiva Rindani, Vindu Dara Singh, Ronit Roy, Mac Mohan, Sunil Grover, Murali Sharma, Hrishikesh Pandey, Kamya Panjabi and many more. Shakti Anand, Indian TV actor has also worked in the first season and two episodes of second season.[2]


The series was based on fictional stories. The show covered the entire realm of supernatural – Ghosts, ghouls, goblins, zombies, and haunted houses. Viewers witnessed the most blood curdling paranormal activities. There was a unique amalgamation of high drama and mystery in the show. It showcased the existence of the supernatural in the most cryptic manner. The third season was indifferent. In the third season, the story named "Tritya" (English: "Third") of 18 episodes focused on good and evil. It introduced realms of supernatural and demon’s power.[3]


When Aditya Singh and brother Abhimanyu started their production house Contiloe Films Private Ltd in 1996, all they had was a vision in mind. For the first three years, the duo made serials for Doordarshan.[4]

Abhimanyu Singh was partnering with Cinevistaas for post-production facilities. He said "We have a very comfortable working relationship with Cinevistaas. Presently, we are doing Ssshhhh...Koi Hai as a joint venture with them."[4]

Series overview[edit]

Season No. of
Originally aired
Season premiere Season finale
1 154 27 July 2001[5] 13 August 2004
2 221 3 November 2006[6] 22 August 2009[7]
3 18 19 March 2010[8] 16 May 2010[9]


Season 1[edit]

The first season was a weekly season airing on every Friday at 10 PM IST. Every week, a fresh new story was aired. The narratives of the episodes were mostly mythical accounts of evil spirits, wizards or any devilish being, presented under some indicative titles.[5]

Main article: Vikraal Aur Gabraal

In July 2002, the show introduced a ghostbuster named Vikraal (first played by Mamik Singh who was later replaced by Salil Ankola) and other ghostbusters. This time, the show's target viewership were children. At this point, the show became a surprise-hit with the children. This special series continued till the end of the season.[10]



The show takes place after the return of Mayakal, who was the most powerful wizard. He captured Vikraal. Guru Satyacharya observed that Vikraal could not handle the situation alone, and therefore decided to call Mitunjay's daughter Bijli and Captain Kishan in to help Vikraal. These three defeated Mayakaal. These ghost-busters' mission in life was to get rid of all the ghosts & evil spirits in the world. These three ghost-busters were called the Trikaal, who were always ready to fight against evil powers. After the contribution of both of Trikaal, no one was supposed to kill them. They fight with ghosts and get caught in bottles. They also have an office known by Trikaal's office.[10]

Season 2[edit]

The second season was titled Ssshhhh...Phir Koi Hai (Hindi: शशश...फिर कोई है English: Ssshhhh...Again Someone's There), which was a weekly season, airing on every Friday at 10 PM IST with a new story every week.[6] On 6 July 2007, a special series named Ssshhhh...Phir Koi Hai - Aryaamaan of four episodes was aired. In this series, Indian television actor Rahil Azam plays the role of Aryaamaan as the ghost buster. His mission was to cast away all kind of negative powers in the world. This special series ended on 27 July 2007.[11] On 14 December 2007, the season aired on every Friday and Saturday, each story being split into two episodes.[12] In January 2009, the format of the series was changed. Each story was made to run for eight weeks.[13]


Season 3[edit]

Ssshhhh...Phir Koi Hai 3 aired on every Friday and Saturday at 9:30 PM IST, later shifting on every Saturday and Sunday on 10 April 2010.[8]


  • Gauri Tonk as Vayika (witch)
  • Sandeep Rajora as Saarthak (ghost buster)
  • Naman Shaw as Ajinkya (older brother of Veer, wheel chair is his life partner)
  • Ashish Kapoor as Ajinkya's brother Veer (he is the hero and believes that her mother abandoned him after birth)
  • Murli Sharma as Vikrant (demon king)
  • Mouni Roy as Koena, later replaced by Anupriya Kapoor from fifteenth episode.


The season introduces a very old story which was to be happened in the past. It had also introduced a prophecy that was made centuries ago. It's the story of two brothers (Ajinkya and Veer), whose lives are destined to intertwine. Ajinkya has been in search of his mother for the past 20 years. Ajinkya and Veer join hands only to realize eventually they are the lost brothers - but with completely different motives. The powerful demon king – Vikrant destroys the much feared demon-slayer – Saarthak. He tries to destroy his two sons also. Ajinkya manages to find his mother but is shocked to know she had never transformed. He managed to kill Vikrant but that wouldn’t be the end of him. He enters Vayika’s body, who is injuired in a struggle and in order to finish Vikrant completely, ends up killing Vayika.[better source needed]


Critical response[edit]

The first and the second seasons generally received positive reviews from critics, while the third season generally received mixed reviews.[14][15] Prachi Srivastava and Raushni Bhagia of Afaqs! positively stated, "Ssshhhh..koi hai was popular amongst audiences."[16]

Shantanu Prashar of MensXP.com also positively stated, "Sssh..Koi Hai remains the only and also the last horror show after the Zee Horror Show and Aahat era to establish a firm holding in viewers' minds."[17]


Prachi Srivastava and Raushni Bhagia of Afaqs! gave the series 3.5 stars,[16] while Shantanu Prashar of MensXP.com also gave the same ratings.[17]

STAR India senior creative director Shailja Kejriwal gave the second season 3.5 stars, and stated, "We are extremely delighted at the response that we have got from the audience for Ssshhhh...Phir Koi Hai." But from March 2009, the TRPs of the second season declined with every passing week, which the channel had to unfortunately shut down the season on 22 August 2009.[7]


The series has won STAR Parivaar Awards for Favourite Action Hero in 2003.

Roy Baretto won Indian Telly Awards for Best TV Show Packaging in 2002 and 2003, while Hiroo Keswani won for Videography (Best TV Cameraman - Fiction) in 2004.[18] Cinevistaas Limited won Indian Telly Jury Award for Best Special/Visual Effects for television in 2002 and 2003, while Contiloe Entertainemnt was nominated in 2009.[19]

Cinevistaas Limited also won Indian Television Academy Awards for Best Visual Effects in 2001,[20] while Contiloe Entertainment won for Best Thriller / Horror Serial in 2007 and for Best Thriller Programme in 2008 and 2009.[21][better source needed]


  1. ^ "What happens when you visit India’s 13 most haunted places...". Star Block Buster. Retrieved 23 March 2013. 
  2. ^ "‘Aahat’ will increase horror quotient in genre: Shakti Anand". The Indian Express. Retrieved 17 February 2015. 
  3. ^ "Gauri comes back in a spooky avatar in Phir Koi Hai". Tellychakkar. Retrieved 18 February 2010. 
  4. ^ a b "I don't believe half-baked shows are accepted by viewers". Indian Television. Retrieved 23 October 2003. 
  5. ^ a b "On Fridays entertainment, on Sundays devotion is the Star Plus credo". Indian Television. Retrieved 28 June 2001. 
  6. ^ a b "Star One whispers Shhh...!". Tellychakkar. Retrieved 4 November 2006. 
  7. ^ a b "Ssshhh….Phir Koi Hai to go off air". Tellychakkar. Retrieved 18 July 2009. 
  8. ^ a b "Past...Shhh...Phir Koi Hai! returns on Star One". Tellychakkar. Retrieved 6 February 2010. 
  9. ^ "Naman to kill 'witch' Gauri in Phir Koi Hai 3". Tellychakkar. Retrieved 5 May 2010. 
  10. ^ a b "Key to weekdays prime time in hand, Star Plus aims to lock in Saturdays too". Indian Television. Retrieved 6 October 2003. 
  11. ^ "Raahil turns ghost buster". Tellychakkar. Retrieved 3 July 2007. 
  12. ^ "Ssshhhh! Phir Koi Hai returns". Tellychakkar. Retrieved 8 December 2007. 
  13. ^ "Phir Koi Hai to have monthly series". Tellychakkar. Retrieved 17 October 2008. 
  14. ^ "New shows 'Kya Masti Kya Dhuum', 'Khullja Sim Sim' do a Star turn: Tam data". Indian Television. Retrieved 3 August 2001. 
  15. ^ "Star One's 'Shhh... Phir Koi Hai' premieres with a rating of 2.68". Indian Television. Retrieved 15 November 2006. 
  16. ^ a b Prachi Srivastava and Raushni Bhagia (11 December 2013). "Spooky Gains". Afaqs!. Retrieved 23 April 2015. 
  17. ^ a b Shantanu Prashar (9 September 2014). "6 Indian Horror Shows From The 90s That Spooked Us Out". MensXP.com. Retrieved 23 April 2015. 
  18. ^ "The Indian Telly Awards 2004". Indian Television. 
  19. ^ "The Winners of The Indian Telly Awards 2002". Indian Television. 
  20. ^ "The Indian Television Academy Awards for 2001". Indian Television Academy. 
  21. ^ "The Indian Television Academy Awards for 2007". Indian Television Academy. 

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