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Posted: 17 November 2012 at 1:47pm | IP Logged
While international reality show formats are readily adapted by desi channels, they are wary of importing concepts for soaps. Officially at least, we
haven't seen too many international
serials being converted into desi fare.
The  most popular adaptation
till date remains Jassi
Jaisi Koi
Nahi  that
was based on
the Spanish telenovella Yo Soy Betty
La Fea. Another
Spanish serial
Sweet Fat Valentina was also adapted
into  Dekho Magar
Pyaar Se but it didn't do well. Not
just shows, even
Hollywood films have
been a source of inspiration. For instance, Pyar Ki
Yeh Ek Kahani was loosely based on
the Twilight Saga, Mahi Way was the
desi version of The Devil Wears Prada
while Dekha Ek Khwaab was said to
be inspired from The Princess Diaries.
More recently, Pakistani serial
Dhoop Kinarey was officially adapted
as  Kuch Toh Log Kahenge,  Best of
Luck Nikki from Good Luck Charlie,
and Suite Life of Karan and Kabir follows the Suite Life of Zack and Zody!
Not to forget the latest one, Jeannie
Aur Juju taken from the popular '60s
American show I Dream of Jeannie.
The advantage of adapting a successful international show is that the
makers are assured of a readymade
script. As Arnab Chaudhari, Chief
Creative Officer, Kids Network, Disney-UTV says, "There's a bank of stories that are extremely popular with
audiences across countries and we
choose stories with universal values,
a good mix of humour which we
think can be adapted in a locally relevant manner and appeal
to kids and their families
alike." Anooj Kapoor, EVP,
SAB TV concurs that for
Jeannie aur Juju, they have
125 readymade scripts! "The show
dubbed in Hindi, which aired in the
'90s, was quite popular. So it made
sense to adapt the show rather than
go in for a home-grown concept," he
adds.

When adapting a show, makers
have to make it relevant to the Indian
milieu while retaining the essence of
the story. Rajan Shahi, who directed
Jassi... and bought the rights for
Dhoop Kinarey says that it's not an
easy road. After the first year, Jassi
transformed into a regular soap
opera while  Kuch Toh... exhausted
the original story in 10 episodes! "It
had a thin plot, and was more than
two decades old. I had to add subplots, keeping in mind the demands of
today's audiences," he says.
Even Anooj says that any plans of
more adaptations will depend on how
Jeannie aur Juju pans out. "I am
sure, if this is successful, which we
will come to know soon, more adaptations will follow."


Edited by Armu4eva - 17 November 2012 at 1:47pm

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