Books are best friends. We have heard this bit over and over again and the best part is that it rings true every time. Whether it’s our escape or teaching us a thing or two about the world we live in, these books are the best way to travel places without moving an inch. And God knows that’s the only urge to travel the world can afford right now in the midst of a global coronavirus pandemic.
I feel that a few frenzy watchers might agree to disagree with the whole book beyond any other notion. So, I’m here to tell you how certain books have inspired the directors of upcoming movies and series. And what better day to do so than World Book Day! Let’s take a look at the latest list of upcoming and exciting book-to-movie and series adaptations that you should definitely watch out for. Today, on the occasion of World Book Day, here is a series of books that serve as the foundation for long-awaited projects. Let’s go?
1. Guardians of the Kalachakra by Ashwin Sanghi
One of the nation’s top production houses, Abundantia Entertainment, acquired the rights to these books this year. Guardians of the Kalachakra, a chilling tale of men who keep the “Kalachakra” or the wheel of time and straddle quantum theory with spirituality, is the best-selling book by author Ashwin Sanghi which is expected to be adapted into a premium episodic series.
2. Along an Apeksha Rao spyder
Along came a Spyder, a young adult thriller about Apeksha Rao’s teenage spy fraternity is also slated for series adaptation as part of the production house’s vertical content, “Filters,” which focuses on the young adult genre.
3. The Rita Ferreira series by Vish Dhamija
The production house will also adapt the much sought-after “Rita Ferreira” series by Vish Dhamija which includes 3 books titled Bhendi Bazaar, Doosra and lipstick into an original multi-season premium digital series. Located in Mumbai, these three books follow DCP Rita Ferreira whose methods may be unconventional, but her track record is unmatched.
4. First novel by Agatha Christie to be adapted for Indian screens.
Protean filmmaker Vishal Bhardwaj is the first Indian to acquire the rights to a novel by the world’s best-selling detective novelist and playwright, Agatha Christie. While details of the novel being adapted, as well as the cast of the project, have yet to be revealed, Agatha Christie Limited, who deals with the author’s estate, has entrusted her stories to a filmmaker. Indian. Hoping to start filming this same year, Bhardwaj is currently busy working on the screenplay for the crime thriller.
5. The Legend of Suheldev by Amish Tripathi
Directed by commercial filmmaker Senthil Kumar and produced by Wakaoo Films, Casa Media and Immortal Studios, Amish Tripathi’s book Legend of Suheldev: the king who saved India will soon be adapted for cinema. Amish, for whom this is the first book to be adapted for film, will work on the film as a creative producer. While the cast has yet to be revealed, the film will be made on a large scale with a particular emphasis on war footage with the use of virtual production technology.
6. John Le Carré’s night manager
Country OG idol Hrithik Roshan set to star in Indian adaptation of John Le Carré spy drama The night manager, a story that revolves around a former soldier working as the night manager of a luxury hotel, who is recruited by a government spy organization, to infiltrate the inner circle of an arms dealer. Originally played by Tom Hiddleston in the 2016 adaptation, the Bollywood actor will play the Indian version of the character of Jonathan Pine. Shoot in Aamchi Mumbai the movie is produced by Banijay Asia and should be a very fascinating watch for sure.
7. “Kanpur Khoofiya Pvt Limited” by Richa Mukherjee
Endemol Shine India has acquired the rights to the aforementioned list of books for their screen adaptations. Being author Richa Mukherjee’s very first option deal, Kanpur Khoofiya Pvt Limited is a detective adventure imbued with humor and intrigue.
8. “Lioness: the last queen” by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni Lioness: The Last Queen is an unreleased book and historical novel based on the life of a beautiful, charismatic and brash Indian queen.
9. “The sane psychiatrist” by Salil Desai
The novel by Salil Desai The sane psychopath is inspired by an actual incident which is a surprising psychological story of a frightening murderous phenomenon.
10. “You are under your skin” by Damyanti Biswas
The bestselling Indian crime novel by Damyanti Biswas You under your skin will be developed into a multi-part drama series, with all proceeds from the option going to social enterprises in the author’s hometown of New Delhi.
11. Vikas Swarup’s “Six Suspects”
Directed by Tigmanshu Dhulia, the best-selling book of 2016 is currently in production to be adapted into a web series starring Richa Chadha and Pratik Gandhi. Vikas’ second novel known to be written in a rather charming and unconventional way, the story is a murder mystery revealing the lives and motivations of six suspects. Besides the story, the other main reason to look for this series is the fantastic lead duo of mega-talented actors Richa and Pratik, who will be playing opposite each other for the very first time.
12. “When Dimple Met Rishi” by Sandha Menon
by netflix Not concordant Season 1 gained immense popularity and was one of the highest rated shows on the OTT platform. Now the series has been renewed for its second season and, just like its predecessor, is also adapted from a book by Sandhya Menon called When Dimple met Rishi. While the book is an American novel for young adults published in 2017, Not concordant is an India-based coming-of-age drama and romance series whose second season picks up where it left off, further drawing in its viewers who are genuinely looking forward to it.
13. ‘Cobalt Blue’ by Sachin Kundalkar
Directed by the famous playwright, author and filmmaker Sachin Kundalkar, his book of the same title, Cobalt blue, is in the process of being turned into a Hindi-English film which will be released on Netflix. Actor Poornima Indrajith is part of the project while Prateik Babbar also features prominently in the film’s cast alongside Poornima, Anjali Shivaraman and Neelay. First published in Marathi in 2006, then rewritten in English by Jerry Pinto, the book, along with the film, is the story of a brother and sister who fall in love with the same man, the events that take place. ‘ensue breaking up a traditional Marathi family. .
14. “The Double Life of Ramalinga Raju” by Kingshuk Nag
Renowned production house Applause Entertainment, an Aditya Birla group company, will adapt the commercial biopic based on the book into a film. The double life of Ramalinga Raju captures the life of former Chairman and CEO of Satyam Computer Services, Ramalinga Raju. Acclaimed director and national award recipient Nagesh Kukunoor has been hired for the project. The bilingual series which will be available on SonyLIV will be released soon on the parquet floors and is currently under development.
15. ‘Mafia Queens of Mumbai’ by Hussain Zaidi
Directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, one of the most anticipated films on the big screen is Alia Bhatt starring Gangubai Kathiawadi, a story centered on the life of Gangubai Kathiawadi. Based on a chapter from Hussain Zaidi’s book, Mafia queens of Bombay, the trailer for the film has already garnered a lot of love and appreciation. While Alia will share the screen with Shantanu Maheshwari, Vijay Raaz and Seema Pahwa. It will also feature special cameos from Ajay Devgan, Imraan Hashmi, and Huma Qureshi, making it a staple of the season.
In short, may this list be a reminder that we are eternally indebted to books. So what are you reading now? Let us know, tweet @MashableIndia!
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