Our television industry has now started to follow in the footsteps of Bollywood Industry. The stars from television have propelled themselves to the film industry and we have seen Bollywood stars make their way to the small screen. The bond is not restricted to just swapping of stars but also duplication of Bollywood movies storylines. Many shows have their basic premise taken from some hit Bollywood movies like Life OK's 'Dil se di dua.Saubhagyavati bhava?' is a lose adaptation of movie Daraar.
Indian Television shows if not based on an already existing Bollywood movie , have traces of Bollywood madness. There are scenes that have been lifted from movies and are integral part of our Television shows. Scenes like the leads getting lost in the forest have been done to death in our serials and almost all the shows have used this path to bring the leads closer. Leads entering the holy bond matrimony in hatred and then finding true love is a track that has been by popular shows like 'Kutumb' , 'Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon? '. The hotel scene of 'jab We Met' has also caught the fantasy of all creative of television shows.
Karan Goddwani , who was super successful playing NK in Iss Pyaar ko Kya Naam Doon feels that Bollywood too takes inspiration from everyday life – " The lives we all lead are an inspiration for Bollywood and Television alike. There is a bit of Bollywood everywhere ". We further quizzed him on his favourite Bollywood scene replicated on the small screen and he replied- "It has to be my entry in Iss Pyaar ko Kya Naam Doon. It was pretty similar to Shah Rukh Khan's entry in Kabhi Kushi Kabhi Gam , pointing the index finger towards the family."
So, what prompts the creatives to include these scenes? Our creatives have fertile minds and are capable of scripting scenes which have a novelty factor and are aesthetically appealing. Tellybuzz spoke to Vikas Gupta, Associate Creative Director with Balaji Telefilms – "We all want to elongate a storyline of a show. It is mandatory to add subtracks and have a little time space. Films clone each other all the time. Kaho na pyar hai is based on Love Story. I don't think there is anything wrong with it and makes it easier to work with."
What is your reaction? Would you rather have same scenes lifted from Bollywood or have creative come up with a different approach?
Reporter and Author: Medha Parashar