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Sarabhai vs Sarabhai gets a Pakistani remake, Aatish Kapadia says it’s a ‘blatant copy’

In a long note posted on Facebook on Monday, Sarabhai vs Sarabhai writer Aatish Kapadia shared that he got to know about the "unofficial remake" when he was sent a video link.

Written by Sana Farzeen | Mumbai | Updated: December 16, 2020 5:44:57 pm
sarabhai vs sarabhai, pakistani show copySarabhai vs Sarabhai aired on Star One. (Photo: Star Network)

Sarabhai vs Sarabhai is a cult television show, with not many able achieve its level of success. And trying to recreate its magic this year is a Pakistani show which has left Sarabhai writer Aatish Kapadia amused.

In a long note posted on Facebook on Monday, the writer said that he got to know about the “unofficial remake” of Sarabhai vs Sarabhai when he was sent a video link.

Aatish Kapadia shared that he cringed seeing the actors perform his words so badly. The writer added that the daylight robbery is appalling.

“So much for copyright! And I don’t mean the technical copyright. I mean the shameful lack of conscience that those thieves displayed while lifting the show , lock stock and barrel! Waiting for poetic justice, if there’s any,” concluded Kapadia, adding that while “imitation is the best form of flattery, lack of permission before illegal imitation is amorality.”

Read Aatish Kapadia’s long note here:

Morning began with a forwarded video link. I opened it and saw a ‘word to word’ ‘frame to frame’ unofficial remake of our show ‘Sarabhai vs Sarabhai’. By someone from our not so amicable neighbours, to our west.

It has been shamelessly put on a free video streaming platform and the actors have performed my written word so badly, (they’ve even added their own pedestrian bit) that I cringed!

I mean getting inspired and having made a show on the lines of Sarabhai vs Sarabhai is understandable. Khichdi had inspired many makers to come up with a show on the lines of Khichdi. The problem of course was that they didn’t understand the logic behind creating those illogical people. Similarly, inspired versions of Sarabhai have got it wrong, because they thought it was a show only about class conflict; which was just one aspect of it. Written by using inversion as a tool.

But this blatant copy!??? My god it’s appalling. My request to my friends is to NOT give that show ‘views’ , by chance you come across that daylight robbery.

So much for copyright! And I don’t mean the technical copyright. I mean the shameful lack of conscience that those thieves displayed while lifting the show , lock stock and barrel!

Waiting for poetic justice, if there’s any. 

P.s imitation is the best form of flattery. But lack of permission before illegal imitation is amorality.

Aatish Kapadia told indianexpress.com that he did not want to name the show as he doesn’t want to give it any publicity. “It’s about straight lifting and then putting it on a free platform to watch,” he added.

Sarabhai vs Sarabhai launched in 2004 on Star One, and had a successful run of more than two years. The second season was launched in 2017 as a digital show. All its episodes are currently streaming on Disney Plus Hotstar.

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