Vidya Balan to play Indira Gandhi


One of Bollywood’s sassiest woman Vidya Balan is all set to essay the role of former Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi onscreen in a project 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: 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, a National Award winner, said in a statement.

Ghose, elated about signing the contract, wrote, “Most excited to see ‘Indira’ on-screen!”

In another tweet, Ghose expressing her excitement on the choice of actress wrote, “It is! @vidya_balan is just such an ace…

In another tweet she said, “Soooo excited that the luminous, sensitive and stunning @vidya_balan is to play Indira Gandhi in the movie adaptation of my book, “Indira, India’s Most Powerful PM”!”

The book, published by Juggernaut Books, 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.

The film will be produced by Roy Kapur Films, which is the production company founded by Vidya’s husband, Siddharth Roy Kapur.