Terribly Underrated Tales Of Horror Are On The Radio In Bengal

Shouvonik Bose
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If you are reading this in Bengal, chances are you already know what I will be documenting here. Radio Mirchi 98.3 FM brings you one curated story every weekend under – ‘Sunday Suspense’. The story usually falls under the genres of horror, thriller, mystery, crime, and most importantly suspense.

What Is It About?

An hour-long episode of an audio story being unfurled by RJ Deep and RJ Mir, with occasional guest appearances is what this show is primarily all about. The vocal prowess of these RJs combined with gripping tales by Satyajit Ray, Saradindu Bandyopadhyay and other various gems of Bengali literature bring out the best of Sunday afternoons.

Mir Afsar Ali, RJ Deep, RJ Somak and Richard Debnath
Mir Afsar Ali, RJ Deep, RJ Somak and Richard Debnath

It all began in 2009, and almost a dozen years later, this show still is one of the favourites among many households. What makes it better, is the fact that this show has also had translations of authors like Edgar Allan Poe, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Ray Bradbury and many more authors of suspense and horror.

What Makes It Better?

In a generation where books are becoming obsolete, this was a noble attempt at reconnecting a generation to their culture and heritage, one thriller at a time. With a baritone voice, narrating these stories, the voice modulations bring about a theatre-like experience.

Some of the best stories that they have had were “The Lost Jewels” by Rabindranath Tagore, “Khagam” by Satyajit Ray and “The Adventure of the Naval Treaty” as part of Sherlock Holmes’ series by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

Indrani Chakrabarti at Sister Nivedita Univerity’s celebration of Ray
Indrani Chakrabarti at Sister Nivedita Univerity’s celebration of Ray

They also expanded into making a series of telling the stories, with Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay’s novel, “Chaander Pahar” where it aired for six days of a week in 2012. 2017 on they started uploading these audio-books on their YouTube channel, episode wise.

Broadening Prospects

Although Sunday Suspense was primarily targeted to render literature classics, the person behind it, Indrani Chakrabarti, was open to trying out newer authors’ stories. Their YouTube channel has garnered over 1.3 million subscribers.

They even had CDs released with stories, priced at INR 150, which was later pirated and those copies flooded the market.

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Even other radio channels have copied this concept, for instance, Red FM’s “Ek Kahani Esi Bhi” and Radio Mirchi themselves tried this in other cities, but Sunday Suspense stood tall, with a mixture of their audience’s love for literature coupled with RJ Mir and RJ Deep’s vocal prowess of telling an age-old tale.

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