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A Bollywood remake of 'The Girl on the Train' is in the works

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The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Sun, April 28, 2019  /  09:09 pm
A Bollywood remake of 'The Girl on the Train' is in the works

A still from 'The GIrl on the Train.' (Universal Studios/File)

A Bollywood adaptation of the bestselling book and hit movie The Girl on the Train is set to hit the big screen, thanks to Reliance Entertainment.

Parineeti Choopra has been cast to portray the lead character, Rachel Watson, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Directed by Tate Taylor, the Hollywood iteration of The Girl on the Train was released in 2016, produced by DreamWorks Pictures. 

Based on Paula Hawkins’ bestselling novel of the same name, the story centers around a divorced alcoholic, Watson, who takes a train to the city every day and becomes obsessed by a seemingly perfect couple she looks out for along her route.

But when the woman goes missing, Watson believes something horrible has happened to her and she embarks on an investigation that triggers the return of past intrigues, forcing Watson to face painful memories and a devastating reality.

“Not only is The Girl on the Train one of the best psychological thrillers [ever made], but it is also a heartwarming story of the female protagonist and her discovery of life,” said Reliance Entertainment CEO Shibasish Sarkar.

Mumbai-based Reliance Entertainment and DreamWorks´ have been partners since 2009. Amblin Partners is set to produce the Hindi-language remake, which will be directed by Ribhu Dasgupta. However, no title has been determined yet.

Dasgupta is presently working on a Netflix series titled Bard of Blood, which is produced by Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan´s Red Chillies Entertainment.

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According to Sarkar, rights to the book and film have been procured and the psychological thriller will be adapted from an Indian storytelling perspective. The movie’s production is slated to take place in London from July to September.

“We haven’t decided on a release date yet, but it will be in 2020,” announced Sarkar.

Other Bollywood adaptations being planned are Forrest Gump by a coproduction of Aamir Khan and Viacom’s Indian film unit, Begin Again by Indian banners Abundantia Entertainment and T-Series, as well as The Fault in our Stars. (sop/kes)