Indian 'Everybody Loves Raymond' Remake Set for Fox's Star India
The Hindi adaptation of the CBS sitcom that starred Ray Romano will air on the StarPlus channel, according to a writer.
21st Century Fox's Star India network is set to air the Hindi adaptation of hit U.S. sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond.
Playing the titular character Raymond Barone, Ray Romano starred in the original as a sportswriter living in Long Island with his wife and kids across the street from his parents and brother.
According to a Times of India interview with Steve Skrovan, one of the writers of the original U.S. show, Raymond is called Sumit in the Hindi remake titled Sumit Sambhal Lega, which translates to "Sumit Will Handle Everything." The show will air on Star's flagship Hindi entertainment channel StarPlus. The network has not yet announced an air date.
Last November, local media reports first said that a Raymond remake was in the works.
Skrovan — who was actively involved in the local adaptation over the past few months — said the Hindi remake was “in essence very close” to the American show, though some local cultural nuances were included. For example, Sumit's parents live in the same house as Sumit and his family, a common practice in India.
"I was asked by the [local] team if the parents in the Indian version can live in the same house," said Skrovan. "I said, 'Sure, why not? Then you don't have to make excuses for why they are there all the time!' That made it easier."
Everybody Loves Raymond first aired in 1996 and completed its network run on CBS in May 2005 with the series finale drawing more than 32 million viewers. In addition to being widely syndicated worldwide, the show has spawned local adaptations in the Middle East, Poland, the Czech Republic, Israel and Russia.
Last year, the BBC's flagship channel BBC One ordered a pilot for a U.K. remake of the series, titled The Smiths, starring comedian Lee Mack and Catherine Tate (The Office).
While many foreign unscripted shows have gotten successful Indian remakes, such as Who Wants to Be a Millionaire and Big Brother, scripted shows have seen few local adaptations given that the Indian market is largely dominated by homegrown content.
However, one of the most popular Indian remakes of a foreign scripted show was Ugly Betty, which was turned into Jassi Jaisi Koi Nahin (There's Nobody Like Jassi). The Hindi remake aired on Sony Entertainment Television from 2003 to 2007. Another example of a successful remake was 24, starring actor Anil Kapoor as the Indian Jack Bauer. The show aired on Viacom18's Colors channel in 2013 and the second season is expected to go into production shortly.