Remakes and adaptations often get looked down upon by audiences even before they release—simply because they’re not original ideas. But to alter content in order to contextualise it for a different group of viewers can be challenging. And if language or location barriers prevent a great show from being seen, introducing it to a wider audience with a remake only does it justice. Scroll down for our edit of a few of the best Indian shows that have been adapted from foreign works.Mind the Malhotras
Shefali and Rishabh Malhotra are like any other regular married couple, living a basic life. Things take a turn when another couple in their group of friends decides to get divorced. This has a major impact on the Malhotras who wonder if even their marriage is destined for eventual failure and they agree to undergo couples therapy. The sessions are unusual, as their therapist hilariously digs into their sex life, children and issues pertaining to the in-laws.
Adapted from: La Famiglia (Israel)
Streaming on Amazon Prime VideoYour Honor
A noble and reputed judge in Ludhiana, Punjab, Bishan Khosla (Jimmy Shergill) faces a moral dilemma when his own son, Abeer Khosla (Pulkit Makol), is involved in a hit-and-run accident. Owing to his belief in providing justice, he is about to turn Abeer in, but a shocking revelation stops him. The person injured in the accident is the son of a vicious criminal, who is doing time because of Bishan. He changes his mind and decides to go against the law to protect his son from the clutches of certain death.
Adapted from: Kvodo (Israel)
Streaming on Sony LIVAarya
A regular day at school for Aditya Sareen turns dangerous when he sneaks his father's pistol with him in his bag. His mother, Aarya, confronts her husband, Tej, about the incident and finds out about his illegal drug business. After promising her to get out of this mess, Tej is shot outside his house and Aarya realises that she, along with her children, is in grave danger. However, instead of backing down, she enters the drug business and vows to put an end to the threat once and for all. The show stars Sushmita Sen and Chandachur Singh among others.
Adapted from: Penoza (The Netherlands)
Streaming on Disney+ HotstarHostages
A reputed surgeon faces an ethical dilemma when she fights an internal battle of choosing between her family and duty. Set to perform a surgery on the state's chief minister, she is directed by a group of criminals to fail and let the politician die at her hands. Their leverage is her family members who are in a hostage situation and only her turning into a murderer can ensure their safety. As she tries to buy time before the operation to make her decision, a lot of shocking twists present themselves.
Adapted from: Hostages (Israel)
Streaming on Disney+ HotstarCriminal Justice
Cab driver Aditya Sharma (Vikrant Massey) witnesses his life turn upside down after a one-night stand with a passenger. The woman is found murdered the next morning and even though he panics and escapes the scene, Aditya is arrested eventually. He is found not guilty of rape but still gets life imprisonment for a murder which he did not commit. As the case is closed, his lawyer, Madhav Misra (Pankaj Tripathi), is still determined to get to the bottom of the mystery and save Aditya from the unfair situation.
Adapted from: Criminal Justice (Britain)
Streaming on Disney+ HotstarThe Office
An official adaptation of its original BBC version, The Office is a mockumentary which focuses on a paper manufacturing company, Wilkins Chawla. The overenthusiastic boss, Jagdeep Chaddha, goes to extreme lengths to encourage and keep the morale of his employees high. However, his interference in their personal lives along with his lame jokes impresses no one. The show provides a hilarious dive into the nine-to-five corporate workspace.
Adapted from: The Office (UK and USA)
Streaming on Disney+ HotstarOut of Love
Dr Meera Kapoor starts suspecting her husband, Akarsh, of infidelity after she discovers a stray hair on his scarf. She discuses the same with a friend who urges her not to alert Akarsh, but still investigate for evidence. As she delves deeper, she not only finds out about his affair with a younger woman, but also numerous other lies that she has been fed—including their house being mortgaged. Heartbroken and hurt, she decides to take matters into her own hands and confront her husband.
Adapted from: Doctor Foster (Britain)
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