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.