Netflix’s 'Fauda' to get Indian adaptation: India-Pakistan relationship to be backdrop
Netflix's smash-hit Israeli TV series 'Fauda' is set for an Indian adaptation. Makers say that India-Pakistan relationship will replace the Israel-Palestine tension of original. Safe spy slam-dunk or a dip into problematic politics?
It’s raining spies. Hallelujah it’s raining spies!
After Prime Video’s The Family Man and Netflix’s Bard of Blood, Indian OTT space is about to get another spy saga. This time it’s the official remake of widely popular Israeli series ‘Fauda’.
Israel’s biggest TV hit, Fauda, was picked up by Netflix in 2016 and is often credited for evenhanded portrayal of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and attempts of humanising Palestinian terror operatives. At a time when Israelis rarely sought out Palestinian viewpoints in real life, much less on TV, Fauda struggled a lot to to find a domestic outlet before getting picked up by Netflix.
The Indian adaptation will be done by Applause Entertainment, who had earlier adapted shows like ‘Criminal Justice’ (from ‘The Night Of’) , Hostages (from the eponymous Israeli show), The Office (from the ‘The Office’, duh) and ‘Mind the Malhotra’ (from Israeli comedy series ‘La Famiglia’).
The Indian adaptation is set to explore the complicated relationship between India and Pakistan. “Fauda' is a fictional tale deeply rooted in the reality of a region, of a culture and of people. In a world of conflict and struggle, there are innocent victims and brutal acts of violence on both sides. Reality is often stranger than fiction, and is rarely black and white; 'Fauda' is an effort to represent this grey state of conflict. We have similar scenarios in India; which is why we believe this compelling story must be transliterated and adapted to take it to a larger Indian and global audience," Sameer Nair, CEO, Applause Entertainment said in a statement.
Danna Stern, Managing Director of Yes Studios- which is the producer and distributor of the internationally acclaimed series, said they were excited to collaborate with Applause."Their entire adaptation process is meticulous and stays true to the original material while making the story relevant to their local viewers; we are certain that they will do complete justice with the Indian version," Stern added.
The original series was created by journalist Avi Issacharoff and Lior Raz, who served in the undercover unit on which the series is based. Now, the third season of "Fauda" is currently in post-production. Avi Issacharoff told PTI that they are looking forward to the show's adaptation into a different language and culture. “India is creating some exciting digital content and this association with Applause Entertainment will help take ‘Fauda’ to a different territory and wider audience base," Issacharoff said.
“I’m sure Indian audiences will be enthralled by the realistic and detailed world created in this carefully thought-out adaptation. I’m also excited to know who will play Doron," Lior Raz, co-creator and the lead actor of the show, said.
(Lior Raz, co-creator & lead actor of 'Fauda')
Writing and development is underway for the Indian adaptation, which is likely to go for filming next year. This will be the third adaptation of an Israeli series by Applause Entertainment and whereas the last two (Hostages and Mind the Malhotra) were for Hotstar, this will be their first outing with Netflix.
This can be seen as another move by an OTT platform to cash-in on the new-found interest in espionage & national security related shows. But the quality of these shows have varied: where ‘The Family Man’ was sensitive, funny, and well-done, Red Chillies’ ‘Bard of Blood’ was a borefest. On the other hand, adaptations of International hits too have met with mixed responses- while the ‘The Office’ has been called ‘embarrassing, unfunny and unnecessary’, ‘Criminal Justice’, the adaptation of award-winning ‘The Night of’ has been praised for its acting performances.
(With agency inputs)