Rumor has it there won’t be a reboot of cop drama Andhera Ujala after all. The classic PTV drama with cops won rave reviews when it aired, and people were looking forward to seeing more of the same.
Word is that the original play writer Younis Javed sent a legal notice to EverReady Pictures for making a reboot without acquiring his permission (a Maula Jutt do-over?).
However, EverReady Pictures is producing the purported Andhera Ujala reboot and they know nothing of this phantom lawsuit.
So what’s going on here?
A New Drama or a Reboot?
Given Andhera Ujala is a PTV classic, the rights for the cop drama lie with the state broadcaster. Since EverReady Pictures already has PTV’s permission, we don’t have to worry about anyone crashing those plans.
Earlier this year word got out that there will be a reboot to Pakistan Television’s hit cop drama Andhera Ujala. With Danish Taimoor as the lead, people were really looking forward to it.
To avoid any potential copyright issues, the drama has been named “Jaanbaaz'”
Jaanbaaz cast also includes Hamza Firdous. Original cast members from Andhera Ujala like Irfan Khoosat and Qavi Khan will return in new roles.
Director Amir Yousaf will helm the project under EverReady Pictures banner.
A lot of Andhera Ujala fans were hoping this would be a sequel and carry on the legacy of the original series.
The story-line will also deviate from the original. It’s said to have a completely different story with no connection to the previous series.
We think that certain elements are using the Andhera Ujala brand as a marketing ploy for Jaanbaaz. And that explains the controversies (and publicity) behind it