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Vidya Balan to play Indira Gandhi, acquires rights to biography

The actress, who bought rights to Sagarika Ghose's Indira: India's Most Powerful Prime Minister, will decide whether to make a film or a web series.

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Acclaimed actress Vidya Balan will play former prime minister Indira Gandhi onscreen in a project based on journalist-author Sagarika Ghose's book Indira: Indias Most Powerful Prime Minister.

"I am happy to have acquired the rights to Sagarika Ghose's book, 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, 10 January.

Ghose, elated about signing the contract, wrote on Twitter: "Elated to announce that I just signed the contract for the movie rights of my book, Indira, India's Most..."

The book, published by Juggernaut Books, is a no-holds-barred biographical portrait that looks for answers to lingering questions on the life of the late politician.

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.