Sarabhai vs Sarabhai gets a Pakistani remake, writer 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 forwarded video link.

Sarabhai vs Sarabhai may be a cult television program and successful story that not many sitcoms have managed to realize . Trying to recreate its magic, a Pakistani show has made a blatant copy of the Star Network series. This has left Sarabhai writer Aatish Kapadia amused.

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

Sharing that he cringed seeing the actors perform his words so badly, what shocked Kapadia was that the show has been “shamelessly” put on a free video streaming platform. the author added that while it’s understandable to be inspired, the daylight robbery is appalling. He also requested all his friends to not give the show any view just in case they come across it.

“So much for copyright! and that 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 Aatish Kapadia, adding that while “imitation is that the best sort of flattery, lack of permission before illegal imitation is amorality.”

Reaction of Aatish Kapadia’s on 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 therefore 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 manufacturers to return up with a show on the lines of Khichdi. the matter in fact was that they didn’t understand the logic behind creating those illogical people. Similarly, inspired versions of Sarabhai have gotten it wrong, because they thought it had been a show only about class conflict; which was only 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 that 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!

Aatish Kapadia further told that he didn’t want to name the show as he doesn’t want to offer it any publicity. He added that his point wasn’t almost him but it might be anyone’s writing. “It’s about straight lifting then putting it on a free platform to observe ,” 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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