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New Egyptian TV Drama Under Fire For Allegedly Scamming Breaking Bad

breaking Bad is often celebrated as one of the best television shows in modern history, so it’s only natural that other shows will try to replicate its success. Some may even go so far as to directly copy concepts and other elements from the AMC series, which a new Egyptian drama is accused of. The series Soud El-Ghalaba faces public complaints of scam breaking Bad.

After reading the show’s premise, it’s not hard to see why viewers and others might feel this way. Soud El-Ghalaba, which translates to son of the poor, follows an Egyptian man who lives in poverty and has to work as a teacher by day and a taxi driver by night to support himself. When times got tough, however, he got into the drug trade in order to make more money and make his life a little easier.

It’s not like Soud El-GhalabaThe character of has cancer or whatever, at least not yet, but understandably some people think he’s taking a page out of Walter White’s book. breaking Bad also featured Walt as a school teacher, and while he didn’t moonlight as a taxi driver, he later took a second job at a car wash and eventually left the two behind him due to his success in the drug trade.

Those aren’t the only similarities, as THR reported that viewers noticed a handful of other details that point to other unwarranted connective tissues between Soud El-Ghalaba and breaking Bad. Do you remember when Walt hurt his face and had that bandage on his nose? Well, it turns out that the main character of this Egyptian drama had a very similar injury.

Now nobody gives breaking Bad deserves to be the first home for notable nose injuries on TV, but there’s something very odd about these two images when put side by side. May be Soud El-Ghalaba is this a deliberate way to pay homage to the AMC series (which almost landed at FX)?

That doesn’t appear to be the case, however, as a director involved with the series has spoken out in defense of Soud El-Ghalaba and tries to mark the differences between the Egyptian series and breaking Bad, however fleeting they may be. Rifqi Assaf pointed to another scene that viewers criticized as a lift from breaking Bad, then took to Facebook to show that the two scenes were not the same.

Summarizing his explanation, Assaf pointed out that breaking BadThe well-known scene of Walt and Skyler is shot with a normal lens, and with its characters lacking in emotion. In Soud El-Ghalaba, the scene is shot from an overhead perspective with a wide lens, and the figures are posed in a way that implies weakness. The two scenes are completely different in his eyes, though fans of the two shows might not be so quick to agree.

Yes Soud El-Ghalaba is plagiarizing breaking Bad by no means would it be the first international series to use crime drama as a direct influence. In reality, breaking Bad has already been adapted as a Colombian series Metastasis. This series followed breaking Bad almost scene for scene, and even named its main character Walter Blanco (White in Spanish). Of course it was produced by BB Sony Entertainment Television studio, so everything was above the edge.

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East Soud El-Ghalaba another foreign series mimicking the AMC classic, or will it finally prove that it was all really just a coincidence? CinemaBlend will be keeping an eye out for updates regarding this situation, and will continue to report on the latest news related to breaking Bad, the next sequel movie, and You better call Saul.