Vidya Balan’s Indira Gandhi Biopic To Be Directed By Lunchbox Director Ritesh Batra
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Vidya Balan’s Indira Gandhi Biopic To Be Directed By Lunchbox Director Ritesh Batra

Vidya Balan will be seen in a web series after the recent success of her last film Mission Mangal

Vidya Balan is acquiring the reputation of being the biopic queen. In the past, she has played Silk Smitha in The Dirty Picture for which she even won a National Award. She soon starts work on a bio-pic on maverick mathematician  Shakuntala Devi. Recently, she played a fictional character in a film based on a real life incident – Mission Mangal on India’s mission to Mars. The film is still running successfully in the theatres.

And now Vidya will plunge into a web series on the former  Prime Minister, Mrs Indira Gandhi. To be produced by Vidya’s husband, Sidharth Roy Kapur, the web series will be based on eminent  television journalist Sagarika Ghosh’s critically acclaimed book on Mrs Gandhi.It is reliably learnt  that the web series will be directed by Ritesh Batra who shot to global eminence with  The Lunchbox. However, he has been unable to sustain the momentum with his subsequent films including  the most recent Photograph starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Sania Malhotra. Can Ritesh turn the tide with this biopic?

Batra has apparently been asked to  join in, but so far the director  has not actually agreed  to hop on board. “It isn’t easy to make a film on someone of Mrs Indira Gandhi’s stature. The research work is staggering and  Batra is not sure if he has the  time that this project needs,” says a source close to the development.

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