Dubbed Love

India Today - - LEISURE - —Suhani Singh

When Zee net­work head Sub­hash Chan­dra de­clared that Zindagi chan­nel would no longer air Pak­istani TV se­ri­als fol­low­ing the ter­ror­ist at­tack in Uri in 2016, fans like 33-year-old Deepti Ba­tra were devastated—un­til they dis­cov­ered dubbed dra­mas from Turkey on the chan­nel. “The char­ac­ters are mem­o­rable and they mo­ti­vate you,” says the Am­rit­sar-based tu­ition teacher, for whom the shows are a win­dow into the ge­og­ra­phy, peo­ple, mu­sic and clothes of a for­eign culture. “Fat­magul is an in­spi­ra­tion for many girls,” she says of a Turk­ish drama about a rape sur­vivor who takes the per­pe­tra­tors to court.

Zindagi’s first ex­per­i­ment with for­eign-lan­guage soaps was Turkey’s Fer­iha, a mushy col­lege ro­mance be­tween a wealthy boy and a girl from a work­ing class back­ground. Then came Fat­magul and Lit­tle Lord, a light-hearted fam­ily drama in which an en­thu­si­as­tic child tries to bring to­gether his bick­er­ing par­ents.

Like their In­dian coun­ter­parts, th­ese shows fea­ture big fam­i­lies, women-driven nar­ra­tives and plenty of melo­drama, ro­mance and be­trayal. Many sto­ries cen­tre on star-crossed lovers from dif­fer­ent back­grounds.

Fat­magul and Fer­iha were so pop­u­lar they earned Zindagi the top spot among pre­mium entertainment chan­nels, ac­cord­ing to BARC’s Alpha Club Rat­ings.

Zindagi is look­ing far­ther afield. Re­cently, it be­gan air­ing the Ukrainian re­venge drama Snow­drop. De­scen­dants of the

Sun, a South Korean love story about a mil­i­tary of­fi­cer and a sur­geon, is com­ing soon. Shows from Spain, Italy and Latin Amer­ica are in the pipe­line. “I don’t think I will ever be able to watch Hindi soaps again,” says Ba­tra.

They fea­ture big fam­i­lies, women-driven nar­ra­tives and plenty of melo­drama

SAME BUT DIF­FER­ENT A still from De­scen­dants of the Sun

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