It looks like Rajasthan is the favourite location for all writers who want to spin tales of romance, thrill and supernatural elements on Indian Television. It is a no-brainer. With its forts, palaces and folklore, it has all the atmospherics needed to tell a intriguing story. Naagin’s first season began in Bikaner and Kavach had a strong reference to the famed Balaji Hanuman Temple of Salasar. Koi Laut Ke Aaya Hai is also set in the Rajput heartland and is positioned as a thrilling tale of love, obsession, revenge with horror elements. So, does it impress? Let us find out….

What is it about?
The rather high-strung Geetanjali is having a clandestine affair with an Army officer. They are both Rajputs but she comes from a far more affluent family with a huge legacy. His brother, Rishabh is dead against the relationship but she elopes to her lover, Abhimanyu and marries him. Strange omens haunt her throughout. After a confrontation with Abhimanyu and her, Rishabh agrees to the relationship. Geetanjali is very happy but her marital bliss is short-lived as Abhimanyu dies just a day after their marriage. And the haunting continues…

What’s hot?
Whether it is the dominating and mysterious Rishabh (Sharad Kelkar) or the high-strung Geetanjali (Surbhi Jyoti), the characters catch your attention. The show marks the comeback of Shoaib Ibrahim as Abhimanyu and we feel he will be explored more in the coming days. The two men are in fine form. Surbhi is good but it is tough to understand her character in the first episode. She is nervous, emotional, strong-willed and reckless at the same time. It is Sharad who does complete justice to the role of the visually challenged Rishabh who holds dark secrets in his heart. He is awesome in the scene where he asks Abhimanyu to shoot him. The brother’s love for his sister is borderline obsessive. The makers have used the landscape of Rajasthan very well. From Shoaib-Surbhi’s romance in the sand dunes to the stunning Khimsar Fort, it looks fabulous. The background music is also good. Shoaib and Surbhi’s hot romance in the desert will remind many of what is described in passionate Mills and Boons novels.

What’s not…
The show has some of the staples like a creepy soothsayer, a huge haveli and the camerawork is tad excessive at times. However, it is not tacky like what we see on TV. Moreover, the story seems simplistic after the first episode. Blame it on the fast pace of the show! Does Koi Laut Ke Aaya Hai spook you? Not really but it definitely makes you sit up and watch.

Verdict: Koi Laut Ke Aaya Hai scores of many fronts. Production wise, it is far superior than what we have seen so far. The two scenes between Sharad and Shoaib were a knock-out. We are keen to know more…