Vidya Balan CONFIRMS that Indira Gandhi biopic will be a web series
Vidya Balan will play Indira Gandhi in an adaptation of journalist Sagarika Ghose’s book Indira: India’s Most Powerful Prime Minister. The book has the answers to lingering issues: from why Indira Gandhi revoked the Emergency to her son Sanjay’s curious grip over her; and from her bad marriage and love affairs to her dangerous religious politics.When she announced the news, fans and critics both agreed that she is the perfect choice to play the Iron Lady of India. Then, there was debate where it would be made as a film or a web series.
In a conversation with Mid-Day, Vidya Balan revealed that Indira Gandhi biopic will be made into a web series as the material to be shown in too vast. “There is too much material for it be made into a film. So, we decided to turn it into a web series. We don’t know how many seasons we will be allotting to it. We are in the process of putting together a team,” said Vidya. She also added that she is glad that he long cherished dream of playing one of the most powerful personalities in the Indian history is finally being completed and she is really excited to be a part of this project.
Vidya also revealed that Ronnie Screwvala would be producing the digital show. “We have to do a lot more research. Developing the script will take long, as there is so much information on her. We can’t put a timeline as to when the project will go on floors,” added the actor.
Ask her whether they will approach the Gandhi family for permission, she said, “We don’t require permission, as it’s based on a book and we have the rights to it.”
It will be interesting to see Vidya Balan step into the shoes of Indira Gandhi – one of the most powerful Prime Ministers of India.