After Yeh Hai Mohabbatein and Kumkum Bhagya Ekta Kapoor to adapt another book into a serial

The TV czarina has no dearth of inspiration

We have seen some new shows coming up on TV in recent times. Ekta Kapoor who is the pioneer of saas bahu dramas on TV is slowly experimenting with different genres. From supernatural shows like Naagin and Brahmarakshas to family dramas like Yeh Hai Mohabbatein and Kumkum Bhagya, she has quite a range.

One of her biggest success stories in recent times is Yeh Hai Mohabbatein. It is adapted from Manju Kapur’s novel Custody. Now, it seems like she is going to make a show inspired by Kapur’s another novel, The Immigrant. Coming soon on Star Plus, it is a love story of two Indians, Ananda and Neena who are living abroad. It will also bear a similarity to Subhash Ghai’s Pardes.

Kumkum Bhagya has similarities to Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice while some said that Meri Aashiqui Tumse Hi was also inspired by Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights.

The hunt is still on to find the girl, who will suit Neena’s roles. Names like Dhrasti Dhami and Aakansha Singh of Na Bole Maine Tumne Kuch Kaha have been doing the rounds. The auditions are still on. Shaleen Malhotra of Arjun fame is almost finalized for the male lead. The character demands a macho brooding actor and Shaleen seems to fit the bill. In the past i.e. in the 1980s and early 1990s, we had many shows like Tamas, Malgudi Days, Jungle Book that were inspired from literary masterpieces.
Developing TV shows from books is a good ideas as literature inspires films and serials the world over. It will also give a respite to audiences who want more than kitchen politics.

(Text: Shweta Mahesh)

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