The Indian versions of international shows — especially reality formats such as Big Brother and Dancing With The Stars — have had successful runs. And after Anil Kapoor brought American TV show, 24, to the small screen, it looks like more production houses have been encouraged to take the same route.
One such show is the American crime-thriller, The Killing, which, in turn, is based on the Danish thriller series, Forbrydelsen, the rights to which have been bought by a leading production house to be aired on a popular channel. The buzz is that the show will be written by Sridhar Raghavan and directed by his brother, director Sriram Raghavan. Ask Sriram about this and he says, “I’ve heard that The Killing is being adapted and Sridhar is involved in the scripting. But I am not directing it.” Deepak Dhar, head of the production house says, “I can’t comment on it right now.”
A source reveals that Siddharth Malhotra, director of We Are Family (2010), who has earlier directed Shhh... Koi Hai and Krishna-Arjun on television, has his eyes firmly set on the ABC vengeance drama, Revenge. Although the Indian show won’t be an official adaptation, it will be loosely based on the original series. Other international shows that are likely to hit Indian TV screens are the Kerry Washington-starrer Scandal and Emmy and Golden Globe-winner Homeland. However, the network in question is keeping mum on the status of the shows and has neither confirmed nor denied the reports.
Rumours are rife that Homeland is being adapted by Anil too. In an earlier interview with HT Café, the actor had said, “I am planning to get another such format (after 24) to India. Sometimes I feel that if I work only on the content created by my friends like Howard Gordon (developer of 24 and Homeland) and Bryan Burk (Lost), I wouldn’t have time to do anything else.”