Pakistan’s drama industry has been on an upward trajectory this past decade, if not in quality then definitely with its output. However, there have been some superhit dramas that have captured the viewers’ hearts. Pakistani dramas are widely watched not only in Pakistan but internationally too, thanks to our very talented actors, directors, and writers. They have worldwide recognition, specifically among South Asian countries like India due to the dramas portraying the lives of common people that everyone can relate to. But sometimes, there is that odd Pakistani drama which ends up borrowing heavily from Bollywood.
Maybe this is because there is a lot of pressure on the shoulders of our writers and directors to create engaging content? Or maybe they are just lazy to come up with something original?
Today we are going to list 5 such Pakistani dramas that copied Bollywood movies, right down to their plots, with little changes.
Here’s the list:
This drama hit the screens in 2018 on ARY Digital. The screenplay was written by Edison Idress Masih and directed by Sarmad Khoosat.
When the drama aired, it did not take the audience long to figure out the main theme and storyline of it were lifted from Bollywood’s classic film Saathiya. The writer attempted to change the storyline by adding additional characters, however, it still could not subtly hide the truth from the audience.
The Bollywood Blockbuster Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge can be seen as the main inspiration behind this drama serial, featuring a very similar storyline.
Just like the film, the drama shows the story of a girl belonging to a conservative family who goes on a trip and falls in love with a man she meets, despite being engaged. Even with its widely popular cast, it did not manage to get the attention of the audience.
The critically acclaimed drama that took the industry by storm was based on Bollywood film Damini. The film was released in 1993 and left a huge impact on viewers.
The audience, as well as the critics, are well aware of the fact that the hit Pakistani drama was not an original tale.
Muhabbat Tujhe Alvida
Even though the drama’s first episode aired yesterday, the fans and the critics have managed to see that it is a copy of the Bollywood superhit movie Judaai.
The news spread wide across social media and this prompted the lead of the drama, Mansha Pasha, to issue a statement saying that it’s an original drama based on a Pakistani folktale.
According to numerous critics and fans, this drama was a direct copy of the Bollywood film We Are Family. The story of the two is almost identical as well as the unfolding of events.
Even though the drama did not gain much popularity, it was still widely known to be a copy of a Bollywood film.
Koi Nahi Apna
This drama revolves around a miserable wife who leaves her husband with their child. It portrayed the same story as the Bollywood film Akele Hum Akele Tum, where the father has to take care of the child without her mother.
The drama, just like the movie, ends with the couple together and the family intact.
Know of any other Pakistani dramas that have ripped off Bollywood films? Let us know in the comments.