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6 Popular South-Indian soaps you didn’t know were remakes

Shilpa S

Shilpa S
Jul 13, 2021

South-Indian television has no dearth of serials and soap operas, each managing to rack up numerous viewers no matter the plot and story. With a seemingly endless number of TV serials hitting the screens, it is no surprise that a few are adaptations of already popular shows from the Northern part of the country. Here are a few popular South-Indian shows which are remakes of popular serials in other languages.

1
Chandanamazha
5.8OTTplay Rating
Remake of: Hindi-language daily soap Saath Nibhana Saathiya. The series follows the story of Amrutha, an orphan living with her uncle’s family, who despise her. Amrutha’s life is completely changed when she is chosen as the bride for a man from a wealthy family. The struggles she faces adjusting to the new household and the bond she develops with her mother-in law, Urmila, form the crux of the plot.
2
Parasparam
4OTTplay Rating
Remake of: Hindi-language soap opera Diya Aur Baati Hum. Following the story of Deepthi, a girl aspiring to become an IPS officer, the series holds the title of being the longest running Malayalam soap opera on television. After losing her parents in an accident, Deepthi is married to Sooraj, who comes from a simple, middle-class family. Initially clashing with her mother-in-law, who wants her daughter-in-law to be a good house-wife above all else, Deepthi manages to win over Sooraj’s family and reignites her abandoned dreams.
3
Vanambadi
2.8OTTplay Rating
Remake of: Bengali language series Potol Kumar Gaanwala Vanambadi is the story of Anugraha, a young girl who is a naturally gifted singer. After her father, an upcoming vocalist, abandons her pregnant mother, they are forced to move in with Anugraha’s uncle. After her mother’s death in an accident, a grieving Anugraha disguises herself as a boy and ends up at her father’s house, keeping her real identity a secret. The series explores the girl’s life thereon, where secrets slowly begin to unravel.
4
Sarvamangala Mangalye
Remake of: Hindi-language soap opera Tu Sooraj Main Saanjh Piyaji. Shankara and Parvathy are a married couple coming from wildly different familial setups. While Shankara is from a conservative home, Parvathy’s family is much more open minded and liberal, which reflects in her independence and strong will. Parvathy’s struggle to adjust to her husband’s uncompromising family is well-explored in the show. Although following the age-old boy meets girl, they fall in love, they get married storyline, Sarva Mangala Mangalye manages to shake things up in fun ways.
5
Aramane Gili
Remake of: Tamil language soap Aranmanai Kili. Meera is a fun-loving village girl with dreams and aspirations she hopes to achieve one day. Due to an unexpected turn of events, she is forced to marry Arjun, a wheelchair-bound man who is also the son of the village landlord. Arjun’s mother is well-respected in the village due to her charitable nature. The series follows the lives of the three as they attempt to navigate their life together.
6
Seetha Kalyanam
4.2OTTplay Rating
Remake of: Telugu language soap opera Lakshmi Kalyanam. After the untimely death of their mother, Seetha is forced to shoulder the responsibility of looking after her younger sister, which she does uncomplaining and at the cost of her own education and dreams. Seetha and her sister cross paths with Kalyan and Ajay, who belong to an aristocratic family. As luck would have it Kalyan and Seetha fall in love, much to the perturbance of Kalyan’s mother, who tries to stand in their way. The series follows Seetha’s struggles in the way to her happiness.
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