The trend of biopics in Hindi film industry has now moved on to web series. After a successful web series on Subash Chandra Bose, titled Bose, which released in 2017, another one on Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel is set to hit the small screens.
The web series will be based on Hindol Sengupta’s book, The Man Who Saved India, a biography of Vallabhbhai Patel. The adaptation rights of the book, published by Penguin Random House India, have been acquired by Bohra Bros.
Sunil Bohra from the production team said in a statement, “I was always mesmerized by Sardar Patel and his important contributions, including the merging of the princely states into the union of India.”
He added: “Since the book manages to deftly encompass Patel’s many facets, the team will stay as close to the biography as possible when converting it to a web series.”
The show will follow Patel’s journey of how he became one of the most crucial figures of Indian politics. It will also touch upon Patel’s series of conflicts with Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, taking the famous Kashmir dispute to the UN, and the Bubonic Plague that infected Indians.
Hindol Sengupta believes Bohra has “the vision, the tenacity and the instinctive understanding of how to bring Sardar Patel’s story to life”.
“The phrase larger than life is a cliche but like all cliches, there are moments when it is true. And this is one of them. This is one such story which is truly larger than life and I believe that Sunil is the right person to give this story the visual mounting that it requires – and the distribution muscle that it can enthral a new generation around the world as the story of Gandhi once did,” he said.