MUMBAI – Acclaimed Bollywood actor Vidya Balan is all set to play the role of India’s first and only woman prime minister Indira Gandhi 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’ 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 said in a statement.
On the other hand, the writer Ghose took to Twitter and Facebook to share her excitement,
Just signed the contract for movie rights for my book "Indira, India's Most Powerful PM" with @vidya_balan and @roykapurfilms! Utterly elated!! Look fwd to seeing INDIRA on screen! @juggernautbooks #IndiraTheMovie
— Sagarika Ghose (@sagarikaghose) January 10, 2018
The book, published by Juggernaut Books, is a 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.
Vidya, 39, was last seen in the role of a middle-class housewife in ‘Tumhari Sulu’.