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Steve Skrovan writer of Everybody Loves Raymond and Sumit Sambhal Lega
Steve Skrovan writer of Everybody Loves Raymond and Sumit Sambhal Lega

Mumbai, June 25, 2015 (ONI Team): STAR Plus, India’s largest Hindi Entertainment Channel is all set to revolutionize the content on Indian Television by brining Hollywood one step closer to Indian screens. The channel has recently acquired the rights to the official adaptation of globally popular sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond. The Indian adaptation, in Hindi will be titled Sumit Sambhal Lega, showcasing Sumit as the Indian Raymond whose predicament is one that men face universally, of getting stuck in family situations post marriage that gives rise to a comical extravaganza. Sumit Sambhal Lega will be very close to Everybody Loves Raymond just fine tuned to suit Indian sensibilities.

Star Plus has roped in the writer of the original series, Steve Skrovan to oversee the creative process on the show and 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. Steve 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. Steve’s role in Indian version includes providing creative direction to the writers working on the show.

Commenting on this, Steve 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 and 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 also adopted some of the best practices from Hollywood, including the adoption of 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 which is a standard practice. Extremely popular in the west, writer’s room puts more focus on the writing aspect of the show, thus promising entertainment of highest quality. With Sumit Sambhal Lega, the channel is all geared up to give the slice of life comedy genre a new spin thereby raising the bar of storytelling on India Television.

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