Tumhari Sulu actor Vidya Balan will play of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in a project based on journalist-author Sagarika Ghose's book "Indira: India's Most Powerful Prime Minister."
“I am happy to have acquired the rights to Sagarika Ghose’s “Indira: India’s Most Powerful Prime Minister”, because I have always wanted to play Indira Gandhi. I haven’t decided yet whether it should be a film or a web series, but that will take a while anyway,” Vidya, a National Award winner, said in a statement on Tuesday.
Ghose, elated about signing the contract, wrote, “Most excited to see ‘Indira’ on-screen!”
She also called Vidya an “ace”. The book, published by Juggernaut Books, is a no-holds-barred biographical portrait that looks for 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.
In other tweets, Sagarika also revealed that she thinks that adapting the book to a web series would also be a good option, considering something like Netflix’s The Crown and House and Cards.
You know not only is @vidya_balan a superb Indira, I've always thought @AkshayeOfficial looked a bit like Feroze Gandhi! 😀 https://t.co/S9Qyg0yoBY— Sagarika Ghose (@sagarikaghose) January 10, 2018
Thanks!! Yes, I thought a @NetflixIndia series might be good too 😁Like House of Cards or Crown... https://t.co/G9WIrLGugR— Sagarika Ghose (@sagarikaghose) January 10, 2018