Pak bestseller gets a desi adaptation
By Ankur Pathak
The makers of the upcoming Akshay Kumar-Nimrat Kaur starrer Airlift have bought the film rights to bestselling novel Karachi, You’re Killing Me, written by Pakistani journalist Saba Imtiaz.
Planned as India’s answer to the much acclaimed Hollywood film, Bridget Jones’s Diary, the makers will put the project on floors later this year.
The book’s author, Saba Imtiaz, will be closely involved in developing the the film’s screenplay.
The book, which became a roaring success upon its release, chronicles the life of Ayesha Khan, a progressive-thinking journalist in her late twenties, who drinks and smokes, putting her modern attitude in contrast to the city’s orthodox elements. “It’s a comedy of manners in a city with none,” is how the author described her debut novel.
But a source close to the development revealed that the makers are re-working the story for an Indian context.
“It’s tentatively called Delhi, You’re Killing Me and will be entirely set in the Old Delhi environment. The hunt for a young female actress to play Ayesha is currently on,” said a source close to the development.
Confirming this, the film’s producer Vikram Malhotra told Mirror that he read the book, the very day after he came across a review that described it as a cross between Bridget Jones’s Diary and Diary of a Social Butterfly.
“The story excited me just the way Queen had when Vikas Bahl had first narrated it to me. I have full faith that ‘Karachi….’ would translate into a film that will resonate with today’s audience, especially women as they will see a slice of their lives in it! Work is on in full swing on adapting the book into a film and we will finalise the cast soon,” said Malhotra.
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Vidhu plans a film on Kashmiri Pandits written by Rahul Pandita
By Prashant Singh
He was born in a Punjabi family that was settled in Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir. But like hundreds of Kashmiri Pandits, filmmaker Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s family, too, had to flee the state as the insurgency began in the early 1990s. Now, Chopra wants to revisit the area by means of a film on Kashmiri Pandits.
The filmmaker has been working on the script for a few years now, and also has a tentative title — Pachasvi Saalgirah (50th Anniversary) — in mind. “I have been working on the story with Rahul Pandita, who has written a fantastic book called Our Moon Has Blood Clots. If the story works out well, I will definitely make the film,” says Chopra. The 62-year-old filmmaker says that he would not only like to produce this film, but also direct it. “It all depends on the script, but the story is close to my heart,” he adds.
In 2000, Chopra had explored the unrest in Kashmir in his film, Mission Kashmir. “My home (in Kashmir) was looted; my mother had to leave Kashmir overnight while my brother was attacked with a knife. Even when I made Mission Kashmir, I had portrayed how ‘Kashmiriyat’ was being demolished,” he recalls.
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