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Shashi Tharoor’s book Why I Am A Hindu to be adapted into a web-series: Watch teaser

The book not only looks at the history of Hinduism and its core tenets, but also aims to set right its “misinterpretation and misappropriation".

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Politician and author Dr Shashi Tharoor’s book Why I Am A Hindu is all set to be made into a web-series by National Award winning producer Sheetal Talwar. The series, to be made in multiple languages, will see numerous directors helm different episodes. The series will be released in the first quarter of 2019. 

While the cast of the series is currently kept under wraps, Tharoor will himself act as the narrator. 

The book looks at the history of Hinduism and its core tenets, and aims to set right the “misinterpretation and misappropriation of Hinduism". As per an official statement by the producers of the show, “The book is a repudiation of Hindu nationalism, and its rise in Indian society, which relied upon an interpretation of the religion which was markedly different from the one with which he has grown up, practiced and had studied.” 

Speaking about the series, Tharoor said in an official statement, “In any time and era, an adaptation of this book into film would be relevant, but in the current political, social and cultural environment it is imperative that the message of true Hinduism – the Hinduism of acceptance reach the widest audience possible. I am glad that Sheetal and I – who share a similar belief system - are collaborating on this effort.” 

Talwar said she was shaken after reading the book and wondered why she hadn't done anything to protect the integrity of the Hinduism. “When I finished reading  Why I Am Hindu, it just shook me. And I was ashamed that as someone whose profession is to voice, I had not raised my voice and done nothing while the inherent integrity of our pluralism was being threatened,” she said.

She added that she hasn’t heard such a subject in years. “After Dharm (2007) and Rann (2010), it is after years that I have been so excited about a subject. I am glad that I could convince Shashi to not only make this into a web-series, but also offer his time as a narrator to the series,” added Talwar. 

The teaser has been released. It has Tharoor speaking about the show along with the montages of various holy places from India.

Watch the teaser below: