The Indian Television Industry is taking inspiration from Bollywood movie titles to give a suitable title to its shows.
Shah Rukh Khan-starrer box office hit "Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi", which created a major buzz at the box office last year, has inspired two shows on the TV screen - STAR One's "Love Ne Mila Di Jodi" and Zee TV's "Zing Ne Bana Di Jodi".
The former is a fun tale of young lovers, while the latter is a reality TV show that pits eight uptown girls and an equal number of small town boys and tests their equivalence. Similarly, names of shows like STAR Plus' "Raja Ki Aayegi Baraat" and NDTV Imagine's "Bandini" too are similar to titles of Bollywood films.
"Raja Ki Aayegi Baraat" was an unsuccessful film of 1996 that marked Rani Mukerji's debut in the Hindi film industry, while the namesake show is the love story of a village girl with a prince.
"Bandini" was a 1963 classic by legendary filmmaker Bimal Roy. The Ashok Kumar and Nutan-starrer was about a sacrificing woman, but the serial, which has Ronit Roy in the male lead, is about a young girl forced to marry a guy thrice her age.
There are other shows like Colors' "Balika Vadhu" and NDTV Imagine's "Seeta Aur Geeta" - the titles of these series are inspired by films and the subjects also coincide with the stories of original movies.
"Balika Badhu", which featured Sachin and Rajni Sharma, was about a young girl who doesn't understand what marriage is all about. The serial, which is set in Rajasthan, is also about child marriage.
Hema Malini played identical twins in the film “Seeta Aur Geeta” and the serial is also about twin sisters living completely different lives without being aware of each other's existence. Anjori Alag is doing Hema Malini's role in the serial.