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Star Plus brings first international fiction format to India, remakes ‘Everybody Loves Raymond’

MUMBAI: Star Plus is bringing its first international fiction format to India with the Indian adaptation of the globally popular sitcom ‘Everybody Loves Raymond’.

Titled ‘Sumit Sambhal Lega’, the Indian adaptation is expected to hit the TV screens in about two months.

The channel has recently acquired the rights to the official adaptation of the sitcom. The Indian adaptation in Hindi will portray Sumit as the Indian Raymond who is faced with a universal post-marriage predicament—of getting stuck in family situations to a comical extent.

‘Sumit Sambhal Lega’ will be very close to ‘Everybody Loves Raymond’, just fine-tuned to suit Indian sensibilities. Thus, to ensure the similarities, Star Plus has reverybody-loves-raymond-coveroped in Steve Skrovan, the original writer of ‘Everybody Loves Raymond’.

Skrovan is overseeing the creative process to ensure that the nature and DNA of the original series remains intact. This is the first time that any writer from the original show has been involved in the adaptation.

Skrovan has been a part of the ‘Everybody Loves Raymond’ team right from the beginning in the capacity of a writer and co-producer and was with the show till its finale. His role in the Indian version includes providing creative direction to the writers working on the show.

Skrovan said, “It was such a privilege to be a part of this from the beginning. I got to learn about Indian culture and television, and the whole experience has been great. Star Plus is the largest brand and most appropriate to get this show to people in India. Even though ‘Sumit Sambhal Lega’ will revolve around the man, the relationship between his wife and the family seems to fit perfectly in Indian culture.”

The channel has set up a ‘writer’s room’, a platform where all the writers come together and brainstorm to create a masterpiece. There is a team of dedicated writers for the show instead of one writer working on multiple shows at a time.

As per a source, the show is being produced by DJ’s Creative Unit and is expected to be launched in two to three months. The source adds that three months of shooting is already complete.

After extending its original weekday primetime hours, Star Plus has been launching an array of new shows for some time now. The channel will continue with this strategy and its mega show ‘Siya Ke Ram’ is also set to go on air in the next three months.