Indian adaptations of international TV shows

Five Indian shows and their foreign counterparts


January 31, 2017

/ By / New Delhi

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The western influence India has had is not limited to social cultures, dressings and languages. Apparently, an important source of the Indian TV industry’s ‘inspiration’ is western as well. Read to learn where these famous TV shows have their roots and shoots at.

‘Small Wonder’ and ‘Karishma ka Karishma’


American science fiction sitcom, ‘Small Wonder’ (1985) is one of the earliest international shows to have an Indian adaptation, with ‘Karishma ka Karishma’ (2003) being its remake. In the original show, Tiffany Brissette plays Robot VICI, who is created by her scientist ‘dad’, and who decides to keep the robot’s identity a secret by claiming her to be his daughter. A charming little robo-girl that she is, she mesmerises everyone with her wit. The Indian remake has Jhanak Shukla playing Karishma who turned out to be an equally admired character for the Indian audiences.

‘The Suite Life of Zack and Cody’ and ‘The Suite Life of Karan and Kabir’


For identical twins, Zack and Cody or their Indian counterparts, Karan and Kabir, life was sweet in their hotel suite, which was almost home. While their mother worked hard at the hotel to earn them a living, she also worked towards preventing the luxury property from falling apart due to the mischievous acts of the boys. A show that would make you pop laughing off your seats, ‘The Suite Life of Zack and Cody’ (2005) and ‘The Suite Life of Karan and Kabir’ (2012) were both pleasant hits with their audiences.

‘Boss’ and ‘Yudh’


Mayor Tom Kane, diagnosed with dementia, struggles to keep his grip on power in Chicago and expand his business. ‘Boss’ (2011) stars Kelsey Grammer in the lead, in this American drama whose Indian take, ‘Yudh’ stars Amitabh Bachchan in the forefront. The Indian version also starred other famous faces like Kay Kay Menon, Sarika and Nawazuddin Siddiqui in supporting roles but did not run longer than 20 episodes.

‘The Kumars at No. 42’ and ‘Comedy Nights with Kapil’


British television show, ‘The Kumars at No. 42’ (2001) bagged the Emmy Award for Comedy. The show revolves around Sanjeev Kumar, an aspiring chat-show host. He has celebrity guests over to his house (no. 42) for chat sessions, but not without his nosey family. The celebrity guests land up conversing with Sanjeev’s mother, father and grandmother, rather than the ‘host’. A similar concept is seen in ‘Comedy Nights with Kapil’ (2013), where his family members barge in, disturbing the ‘chat-show’ but cracking audiences into bouts of laughter.

 ‘Sense and Sensibility’ and ‘Kumkum Bhagya’



Based on the famous Jane Austen novel of the same name, ‘Sense and Sensibility’ is a 2008 British television series. Widow Dashwood and her three unmarried daughters, Elinor, Marianne and Margaret, due to minimum allowance, move out of their grand Sussex home to a modest cottage in Devonshire. Their mother’s ambition now is to find suitable husbands for the girls. The Indian remake ‘Kumkum Bhagya’ similarly revolves around a family where a woman dreams about her two daughters leading happily married lives.


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