Hindi TV shows inspired by Bengali shows
Mainstream films and shows have often found inspiration or stories to tell in their regional counterparts. And there is nothing wrong with that. We are seeing content that we would have otherwise missed. These remakes fill a gap formed due to the language barrier. However, the big Hindi TV stations have found a new place to extract content: Bengali broadcasts. Lately, the most popular shows on these channels are a remake of a Bengali show, which is gaining even more popularity than the originals.
Take a look at the well-known TV shows that were inspired by the Bengali shows:
Sreemoyee – Anupamaa
One of the daily soap operas that brought a new perspective to Indian TV and grabbed the attention of viewers for probably the right reasons was Anupamaa. Amid unbearable supernatural tales, the series starring Rupali Ganguly chronicles the journey of a 40-year-old housewife who decides to find her own path after being cheated on by her husband. Anupamaa, the main character, has become an inspiring woman who comes out of a marriage rather than trying to win her husband back, a cast we often meet on Indian TV shows.
The original show, Sreemoyee, stars popular actor Indrani Haldar in the lead role that brought the character to life onscreen and made him accessible to many women.
Ishti Kutum – Imlie
The show, Ishti Kutum, which aired over a decade ago has been presented to Hindi viewers as Imlie. The story begins with Imlie, an 18-year-old tribal woman, who marries Aditya, who is already engaged. As the show progresses, we see the protagonist who belongs to a backward part of our society overcoming prejudices to achieve her goals. Although the show starts off and rests on problematic notes, it still manages to strike a chord with viewers.
Kusum Dola – Ghum Hai Kiskey Pyaar Meiin
Ghum Hai Kiskey Pyaar Meiin, another show based on a 2016 TV soap opera titled Kusum Dola, revolves around a love triangle. Virat, a young policeman, marries Sai to keep a promise he made to his father. They enter into the alliance on the condition that they separate when Sai finishes his studies and becomes a doctor. However, drama ensues when Virat’s lost love, Pakhi, returns.
Love triangles and multiple marriages are a common phrase used on Bengali shows and it seems the same works for Hindi audiences as well.
Ke Apon Ke Por – Saath Nibhana Saathiya 2
The first installment of Saath Nibhana Saathiya has been a major hit among daily soap opera viewers (and a major source of memes for social media users). Even if the endless ‘saas bahu’ the drama is sometimes exaggerated, it is undeniable that it remains a memorable spectacle. After a successful first season, the show’s sequel returned to television and with a plot inspired by a Bengali show titled Ke Apon Ke Por. The story centers on Anant Desai, a young man from a wealthy family, who falls in love with his housekeeper, Gehna.
Mohor – Shaurya Aur Anokhi Ki Kahani
Another example of a story that started on an inspiring note and then ended at the usual melodramatic love triangle. Shaurya Aur Anokhi Ki Kahani which first aired in 2020 is inspired by a romantic drama, Mohor. The main character, who is an ambitious woman, runs away from her marriage to a big city to fulfill her dreams. Mohor, who wants to be a teacher, is forced into marriage by her father. However, she leaps towards her goal and finds Shankha, an influential college professor, supporting her.
Sasural genda phool – Ogo Bodhu Sundori
The adored show Sasural Genda Phool is back on Indian television with a second season after a 9 year long hiatus. The show that gave us a character like Suhana, an unconventional bahu that we rarely see on Hindi TV, was one of a kind when it first aired. However, only a few people may know that the original show aired on Bengali TV and was equally popular.
We’re glad that at least these remakes, with a fresh perspective, came to our rescue when ‘Naginswere all we had on TV. But it’s about time we got to see some truly relatable and less problematic shows.