Mumbai: With the increase in demand for original content across OTT and digital platforms the supply of original content too has increased significantly as OTT platforms are going super strong and leaving no stone un-turned to acquire newer audiences across markets.
Since OTT platforms require original content and want to tell stories that help them cater to their respective set of audiences content production studios have really upped their game. BBC Studios recreated Criminal Justice for Applause Entertainment earlier this year which did really good.
With the launch of their sixth Original showOut Of love BBC Studios has recreated another of their successful British series Doctor Foster for Hotstar.
The show stars Rasika Dugal and Purab Kohli. The story is a modern day infidelity story and a story which is led by a strong woman character. “I believe that this is a year of female characters…” says, Sameer GogateBusiness Head, BBC Studios India.
Directed by Tigmanshu Dhulia and Aijaz Khan the show looks promising.
Commenting on their long presence in the Indian Television industry, Gogate, said “We’ve been in the market for 10 years in India with shows like Jhalak Dikhla Jaa, which was adapted from the original show Dancing with the Stars.”
“We’ve been working with Star for many years and it has been a great association. Criminal Justice opened the gateway for BBC formats in this country. Original content takes a lot of time to make and produce. That’s why some companies prefer to go for established formats with a good structure, as the hard work is already done and it is easier.”
Talking about this concept, Gogate said that “In India if you look infidelity and revenge have always worked, it’s nothing but infidelity and revenge. Doctor Foster was a prime candidate, which we need to understand and when it launched in UK it was such a massive hit and had 10 million viewers in its original airing. So the story was written for a very strong female character, it was formerly seen that female dramas were always been told from a man’s point of view but now you’ll hear the story which is told from a woman’s point of view. And it’s written so beautifully that Hotstar supported us by advising to not change our word.”
Gogate mentioned that the major trends that BBC has seen in this year is that this year has been the run of females, to which he further added that “Most of our dramas that have become big global blockbusters have been female centric, whether it’s Split,Happy Family, or Doctor Foster all have portrayed strong female characters and I believe that this is a year of female characters.”