Pakistani dramas are widely appreciated all across the world for their realistic content and believable executions. Despite having unpleasant political differences, even Indian audiences and critics have been applauding our dramas.
But we often get to see our content being plagiarised too by the content creators of India for their art pieces. Many of our classic songs are plagiarized and copied to their versions of videos for Bollywood movies or music videos such as ‘Hawa Hawa’, ‘Disco Deewane’ and ‘Zaalima Coca Cola’ most recently.
Another such situation was observed by many people when Sony Entertainment Television launched a sequel to their cult classic ‘Bade Achhe Lagte Hain Season 2’. Produced by renowned Ekta Kapoor, the story looks in many ways inspired by Pakistani drama ‘Zindagi Gulzar Hai’, which was a hit in India too.
The Obvious Similarities
The show revolves around Ram and Priya, two completely different individuals who fall for each other. The central character of the show, Priya, played by Disha Parmar, is a character whose story seems to be clearly inspired by ‘Zindagi Gulzar Hai’s’ Kashaf Murtuza, played by Sanam Saeed.
Priya is an independent young girl, who is the third daughter to a single mother, who was divorced by an egoistic man because he wanted a son. Priya’s father married another woman with whom he has a son.
After the divorce, Priya’s mother took over all the responsibilities of the household and raised her daughters alone. Due to the baggage of a traumatic childhood, poverty and lack of facilities, Priya becomes a bitter person while growing up, who doesn’t believe in love and romance.
Well that’s a story we have seen and loved before, isn’t it?
The execution of the show is completely different from the usual Indian soaps. Despite a similar narrative to ‘Zindagi Gulzar Hai’ in Priya’s track, it is refreshing to see a story being executed in a much realistic manner. In fact, it contains some really endearing moments that one appreciates while watching it.
To create a story inspired by another is not something new. Stories do travel, look copied, get inspired due to the number of people who relate to a similar mindset or thought process. And especially in South East Asia, we know how people think alike and relate to certain scenarios abundantly.