Indian Drama Accused of Copying Classic Pakistani Serial

The trailer for ‘Kaamna’ was released, however, netizens said the new Indian drama’s storyline was copying a classic Pakistani show.

Indian Drama Accused of Copying Classic Pakistani Serial

"Blatant copy of Meray Paas Tum Ho."

An Indian drama has been accused of copying a classic Pakistani serial after the trailer for it was shared on social media.

Netizens were quick to point out that the teaser for Kaamna portrays an eerily similar storyline to Meray Paas Tum Ho.

Like the Pakistani original, the show follows a middle-class couple comprised of a devoted husband and demanding wife.

Meray Paas Tum Ho, which aired on ARY Digital between 2019 and 2020, starred Humayun Saeed and Ayeza Khan.

Meanwhile, premiering on Monday, November 15, 2021, Kaamna features Chandni Sharma and Abhishek Rawat in the lead roles.

Sony TV, who broadcast the new serial on weekdays, shared a trailer for it on their Instagram account.

The post quickly caused uproar in the comments.

One user commented: “Blatant copy of Meray Paas Tum Ho.

“India is getting lower and lower.”

One person asked: “What they are doing?

“Dude, these Indian shows can’t match the level of Pakistani dramas.”

Another person agreed: “Please stop copying epic shows! You can’t remake it.

“Oh my god, are we just left with remakes?”

Another comment read: “Meray Paas Tum Ho is the best drama there is.

“The emotions and feelings cannot be copied and each line is well performed.”

The original drama had been produced by Humayun Saeed and Shahzad Nasib under their production banner Six Sigma.

Despite only running for one season with 23 episodes created in total, Meray Paas Tum Ho was highly acclaimed.

It was also noted for sparking a debate on female oppression in Pakistan with the country’s serials known for tackling social issues.

Kaamna, on the other hand, is currently being produced by Cockcrow and Shaika Entertainment.

This is not the first time India’s entertainment industry has been accused of plagiarising from Pakistan, particularly the music sector.

Most recently, Pakistani lyricist Asim Raza referred to Indian singers Neha Kakkar and Jubin Nautiyal “cheaters” after not being credited in their remake of extremely popular 2018 Pakistani song ‘Bol Kaffara Kya Hoga.’

Prior to that, Indian singer Dhvani Bhanushali was accused of copying the classic Pakistani song ‘Gagar’, originally by Alamgir, with her latest track, ‘Mehendi.’

Despite having different lyrics, the tune and melody seem similar to the one which was recreated by Umair Jaswal on a Pakistani singing show in 2020.

Indian singer Brham Darya had also caused controversy after copying a Pakistani music video shot for shot for his song, ‘Mood Happy’.

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