National Award winning actress Vidya Balan is all set to do a yet another career-defining role. She will play former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi onscreen in a project based on journalist-author Sagarika Ghose’s book “Indira: India’s Most Powerful Prime Minister”. In the last one decade, we have seen Vidya playing a lot of offbeat roles and she has always done out of the box movies but this is her dream project which she always wanted to do. "I am happy to have acquired the rights to Sagarika Ghose's ‘Indira...', 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 on Tuesday.Vidya Balan and Late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi
Ghose, who penned the life of the late Prime Minister, is super excited to watch her work on screen. Elated about signing the contract, she wrote: “Most excited to see ‘Indira’ on-screen!” She also called Vidya an “ace”.
Published by Juggernaut Books, the book is a biographical portrait that tries to find answers to a series of 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.
"Indira: India's Most Powerful Prime Minister" was pitched by the publishers to the film and screen community at the Word to Screen Market 2017, organised by the Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival.