Vidya Balan and her husband Siddharth Roy Kapoor have acquired the rights of a book by journalist Sagarika Ghose to make it into a film. The book is a biography on Indira Gandhi and is called “Indira: India’s Most Powerful Prime Minister.” Published by Juggernaut Books, the book 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.
An elated Sagarika Ghose, who's also the wife of journalist Rajdeep Sardesai, took to Facebook to announce the news which was quickly confirmed by Vidya Balan and Siddharth Roy Kapoor through a statement. “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 Balan, a National Award winner, said in a statement.
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. Sagarika also revealed that Akshaye Khanna is in the contention to play Sanjay Gandhi, Indira Gandhi's son.
This sounds like one exciting project, doesn’t it?