Indian Soaps That Were Inspired From Popular American TV Shows

Not just Hollywood, American TV shows have inspired Indian soap opera. Here are few shows that you had no idea are an adaption of cult American shows.

If you are not living under the rock, a few months back a video clip from a TV show Hello Friends went viral, and netizens couldn’t help but smirk on its uncanny resemblance with American sitcom of the 90s, Friends. The show that was aired on Zee TV in 1999, five years after Friends Season 1 was aired, sank without a trace. However, this has not been the first time American TV-inspired Indian TV. A tried and tested formula bears less risk than a brand-new concept and hence a considerable number of American successful TV show inspired Indian content.

Here is a list of TV shows that are adaptation or inspiration of English TV series

Jassi Jaisi Koi Nahi

This Indian TV that gave us Mona Singh was adapted from a Columbian telenovela, Yo soy Betty, La fea, a classic Cinderella comedy. Soon American TV came up with Ugly Betty which was originally broadcast on ABC. The show turned the spotlight on the fashion industry.

Twenty Four

Anil Kapoor introduced himself to TV as a producer-actor with action thriller 24. The show was an adaptation of American show of the same title. Kapoor who was a part of the original series from Fox Network in its 8th season acquired its remake right for Rs 1 billion. The show ran for two seasons.

Sumit Sambhal Lega

The show starring Namit Das, Satish Kaushik and Manasi Parekh among others is an adaptation of stellar American comedy, Everybody Loves Raymond. The series has been ranked the 49th all-time funniest television comedy by Complex. Sumit Sambhal Lega was only moderately successful in India.

Meri Aashiqui Tumse Hi

This daily soap from the Balaji Telefilms banner involving the love story of Ishaani and Ranbir is inspired by Emily Bronte’s novel Wuthering Heights that was adapted by the British TV show in 2009. The show had a runtime of two years and was moderately successful.

Suite Life of Karan and Kabir

An Indian remake of the Disney channel show Suite Life Of Zack And Cody, that celebrated the cute antics of two brothers, was made in India four years later as Suite Life of Karan and Kabir. Unfortunately, the show couldn’t live up to the popularity of Disney show with the most successful premiere.

Not just TV shows reality TV that happened with Indian Idol, Bigg Boss were an adaptation of American shows of a similar format.