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Television remakes that rock

Be it Survivor India or Zor Ka Jhatka, Desi adaptations of international shows are ruling Indian reality TV like never before. A sneak peek at the latest ones.

tv Updated: Mar 11, 2011 18:38 IST

Survivor (India)
The desi version of the popular reality show, Survivor is expected to go on air on Star Plus during the second half of this year. The show is about being able to survive tough physical and psychological challenges on an island for about 45 days.

Zor Ka Jhatka, remake of Wipe Out
This show, inspired from international reality show Wipe Out, is currently showing on Imagine TV. Host Shah Rukh Khan is bringing in the TRPs as contestants make their way through a giant obstacle to win a cash prize.

Wife Bina Life, remake of The Week the Women Went
The popular show, running on Star Plus, is based on the concept of the woman of the house leaving for a holiday and the men taking over the household.

X-Factor (India)
Before the next season of Indian Idol, Sony is bringing yet another Indian version of an international reality show for aspiring singers in India. Veteran actor Rishi Kapoor is expected to be one of the judges on the show, to be hosted by singer Aditya Narayan. The auditions have already begun, and the show will go on air sometime in early April.

India’s Minute To Win It
The Indian version of the successful American game show, Minute to Win It, is already on air, on AXN. Contestants take part in a series of 60-second challenges that use commonly available objects. VJ Gaurav Kapoor is hosting the India chapter of the show.

Maa Exchange, remake of Wife Swap
The desi adaptation of the hit international show, Wife Swap, is grabbing eyeballs on Sony. In the Indian version, mothers are getting swapped in place of wives, keeping in mind “Indian sensibilities”.

Successful desi remakes in the past:
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?- Kaun Banega Crorepati
Fear Factor- Khatron Ke Khiladi
Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?- Kya Aap Paanchvi Paas Se Tez Hain
Big Brother- Bigg Boss
Power Of Ten- Dus Ka Dum
Moment of Truth- Sach Ka Saamna
Dancing with the Stars- Jhalak Dikhlaa Jaa
America’s Got Talent- India’s got Talent
Master Chef US- Master Chef India
I’m a Celebrity…Get Me out of Here- Iss Jungle Se Mujhe Bachao