Not only is talent from Bollywood entering television, but scenes from Bollywood films also seem to be making their way to popular shows.
While some blame it on the dearth of new ideas in television, others justify that the treatment of these iconic scenes is very different. Actor Aneri Vajani, who was a part of sequence inspired from Sonam Kapoor starrer Khoobsurat in her show, Nisha Aur Uske Cousins, says that such scenes enhance TRPs.
"It’s a different story, as is the budget and the way we deal with tracks and sequences. But it is a grand feeling to do something that meets standards of movies and the cherry on top is when the TRPs for such tracks are good," she says.
Director Ravindra Gautam feels that many times these techniques are adopted as creative teams don’t have time to think of new content. "I feel that they get ready-made scenes from films, and in TV, creative teams don’t have time for writing fresh scenes every day. Only scenes that are popular and have recall value as well as an instant connect are picked up from films. It surely works for the TV soaps," he says.
Actor Yashpal Sharma, who is a part of sequence inspired from the film Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron (1983), in his show Neeli Chatri Wale, feels that the way the scenes are handled is different in TV and films. "There are limited sources and that is why these things overlap at times. We can say that some scenes are inspired from certain films. But in our scene, only the task of hiding the dead body is the same, the makers have added other things to make it more creative," he says.
There have been many shows which have included scenes inspired from a lot of films. While television show Qubool Hai copied a scene from Vishal Bhardwaj’s Haider, Kumkum Bhagya had a scene from Aashiqui 2 (2013). The show, Tu Mera Hero also has scenes inspired from Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge (1995), Band Baaja Baraat (2010) and 1942: A Love Story (1994). The makers went ahead and even included the iconic scene from Titanic (1997).
However, television producer Sudhir Sharma says that this is not a trend that’s followed regularly. "Bollywood takes inspiration from Hollywood films. Television audiences are different from Bollywood audiences. It is not a trend to lift scenes from films. It happens rarely," he says.