Today in India, Sarabhai Vs Sarabhai that aired on Star One from 2004 to 2006 and starred Rupali Ganguly, Sumeet Raghavan, Rajesh Kumar, Ratna Pathak Shah, and Satish Shah in leading roles is a cult and classic comedy indian sitcom which is loved by people of all age groups and not many other re adaptations of this show into other languages have been able to achieve that bar till now. Trying to recreate the same magic is a gamble which not many people are successful in and something similar happened recently where Aatish is irked with Sarabhai Vs Sarabhai plagiarized Pakistani remake.
Trying to get inspired and make something new from it is one thing but trying to just entirely copy the entire series into your own language without permission and consent of the original creators and makers and then passing it off as an original is totally wrong and unfair, which recently happened whereby Aatish is irked with Sarabhai Vs Sarabhai plagiarized Pakistani remake.
Following this entire episode, producer Aatish Kapadia took to his official social media facebook handle and wrote a long note wherein he clearly mentioned that he got to know about the Sarabhai Vs Sarabhai unofficial remake through a forwarded video link.
Further he also wrote about how much he abhorred and disliked the cringe actors who performed on his dialogues so badly, also another shocking thing for him was that this content has been shamelessly put on a free video streaming platform where he also added that its understandable to be inspired by something, this daylight plagiarism and robbery of his original work is very sickening and upsetting to see.
Wherein he also added that he will tell his friends not to watch this plagiarized show.
He also wrote, “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, imitation is the best form of flattery, lack of permission before illegal imitation is amorality”.
Aatish’s long note on facebook read, “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”.