The Vidya Balan-starrer film, Kahaani (2012), is soon to be remade for international audiences as Deity. YRF Entertainment, the international arm of Indian production giant Yash Raj Films, announced on Friday that it will remake the critically acclaimed and commercially successful film, which was directed by Sujoy Ghosh.
The remake of the film will be directed by Niels Arden Oplev of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo fame and its adaptation has been scripted by José Rivera (The Motorcycle Diaries) and Richard Regen (Tehran).
Deity is a thriller about an American woman who goes to Kolkata in search of her missing husband. As she gets closer to the truth, she finds herself at the centre of a dangerous conspiracy. The story unfolds in the context of a colourful, week-long festival.
The international movie will be financed and produced by YRF Entertainment and will be starting production in February 2015. It will be shot on location in Kolkata. Oplev has ascertained that the movie will be a compelling and exciting thriller with complex and interesting characters.
“A neo-realistic style to story and images will take the audience deep into Kolkata on different levels. A fascinating clash between American and Indian culture,” Oplev said in a statement. Uday Chopra, CEO of YRF Entertainment, feels confident that Niels is “the perfect director to transform the appeal of Kahaani to Deity.
Ghosh considers this to be an “incredible step” on YRF’s part. “Years back, Aditya Chopra had said he wanted to make Kahaani for a global audience. The new script is perfectly suited for the Western audience,” he said.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 27th, 2014.
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