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Indian TV Experiments with Pakistani Content – Hit or Flop?


Indian TV Experiments with Pakistani Content – Hit or Flop?

This year marked the era of mature progression and refreshing change for India’s drama industry.

Living legend Amitabh Bachchan starred in the much awaited thriller called Yudh. A psychological thriller, Yudh, a miniseries has been directed by veteran director Anurag Kashap. The show was about a real estate business tycoon (Amitabh Bachan) was said to be revolving around the plot of an American drama called Boss. The show boasted of legendary actors like Naseeruddin Shah and Kay Kay Menon. Despite having all the ingredients of creating a blockbuster hit, the show failed to make the sort of impact that was originally anticipated. It was due to this reason that Amitabh Bachan returned to his reality show, Kaun babega Karorpati Sea Other mature topics like divorce and separation were touched upon in a show called Itna Karo Na Pyar. Marital issues being a taboo topic in society even today were a fresh new change that the audiences embraced with equal appreciation and adulation. All this was clearly depicted in TRP ratings. What’s more is that unconventional issues like a married woman falling in love with her unmarried boss were highlighted with brilliant maturity in Ajeeb Dastaan Hai Yeh.

This was just the tip of the ice berg, with eye opening programs like Satayave Jayteme being hosted by Mr. Perfectionist Aamir Khan, the show held its own not only with its original content, but was also replete with other A-List actors like Deepik Padukone , Kangana Ranaut and Parineeti Chopra.

On the flip side, Salman Khan was back with a bang, with his masala packed, extremely dramatic reality show Big Boss Season 8. The show got its fair share of TRP ratings by showing a passionate kiss between two contenders on the show. Whether a publicity stunt or an actual show of emotion, Big Boss received a lot of media hype due to the alleged show of lip locking.
With so many new series and reality shows proliferating the small screen, the King of Bollywood Shahrukh Khan and the “Khilaadi” himself Akshay Kumar put on their dancing shoes and hosted shows like Dare to Dance.

On the international front, Anil Kapoor who has recently taken a fancy towards Hollywood returned to the screen with a bang with his hit series, 24. The show has returned to the Indian screen with its second season.

Indian television has taken a fancy towards experimenting with foreign content this year. Adding a dash of serious Pakistani dramas like Zindagi Gulzaar Hai, Badi Appa and Maat, Kahu un kahi, Kaash mein teri beity na hoti lighthearted and refreshing soaps like Yeh Shaadi Nahi ho Sakti and Humsafar were also aired on Indian television, giving the local saas- bahu melodramatic soaps a run for their money.

As opposed to Indian soaps, Pakistani dramas are original and closer to real life. The lack of grandeur and the original content of the script, not to mention true to life acting made Pakistani dramas a refreshing change as opposed to Indian soaps. In response to all the Pakistani competition, a wave of fresh series was aired on television. Veteran actors like Sonali Bendre and Bhageshree graced the small screen in series like Ajeeb Dastaan Hai Yeh and Laut Aao Trisha respectively. Laut Aao Trisha is an adaptation from a Spanish novel Donde esta Elisa and Ashutosh Gawarikar’s TV debut with 100 episode series Everest are a few, which have impressed the audience.

Pakistani dramas have added a refreshing dimension to Indian television. As opposed to the run of the mill content that typically revolves around a subdued and submissive daughter-in-law who is being subjected to revulsion of the highest order from every member of the family in her in –laws; Pakistani dramas are refreshing and invigorating because of their true to life story line. Devoid of over the top dramatization that is typically the USP of Indian dramas, Pakistani dramas add a new flavor of realism and pragmatism to Indian television.

New faces like Mahira Khan and Fawad Khan not only added a riveting angle to the Indian screen; their novel and unfamiliar presence made existing directors and producers take notice of their scripts and actors as well.
With Fawad Khan already starring in the unforgettable remake “Khoobsoorat” opposite the fashionista of Bollywod, Sonam Kapoor, Mahira Khan is now being considered as the next big thing in Bollywood. Starring in a larger than life role opposite Shahrukh Khan, Mahira Khan is now all set to grace the silver screen under the coveted Yash Raj banner. Pakistani actors are now being discovered and considered in roles across the board in India and this avenue has opened up only because of Pakistani content being aired in our neighboring country.

It’s probably the right time when the Sub-Continent has come together and united itself on one stance and that being showcasing fabulous talent across the board. With Pakistani actors going across the border on a constant basis, this healthy mix of talent is being well received by the industry on both sides.

Other mature topics like divorce and separation were touched upon in a show called Itna Karo Na Pyar. Marital issues being a taboo topic in society even today were a fresh new change that the audiences embraced with equal appreciation and adulation. All this was clearly depicted in TRP ratings. What’s more is that unconventional issues like a married woman falling in love with her unmarried boss were highlighted with brilliant maturity in Ajeeb Dastaan Hai Yeh.
This was just the tip of the ice berg, with eye opening programs like Satayave Jayteme being hosted by Mr. Perfectionist Aamir Khan, the show held its own not only with its original content, but was also replete with other A-List actors like Deepik Padukone , Kangana Ranaut and Parineeti Chopra.

Overall, this year has proven to be extremely fruitful for Pakistani and Indian television in general. How long and how effective this fresh take on experimental cinema proves to be is something only time will tell. Till then we can sit back and enjoy both counterparts, bringing their best face forwards and giving each other a run for their money.
Published on DesiFreeTV.com
Author: Rabia Ahmed



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