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Reliance Entertainment buys motion-picture and web-series rights to Vineet Bajpai's Harappa trilogy

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Written by Bajpai, the three books will soon be adapted into a motion picture or multi-season web-series. 

Shriram Iyengar

Despite the box office struggles of Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi (2019), the temptation of historicals seems to be irresistible for production houses. Reliance Entertainment has now bought the movie and web-series rights to Vineet Bajpai's bestselling Harappa trilogy. The company announced that the books will be adapted either into a movie or a web-series. The decision also follows Reliance Entertainment's recent success with the Netflix original, Sacred Games. 

Consisting of three novels — Harappa: Curse Of The Blood River, Pralay: The Great Deluge, and Kashi: Secret Of The Black Temple, the series went on to become national bestsellers and has been translated into Hindi, Gujarati and Marathi languages as well. 

Speaking about the acquisition, Sweta Agnihotri, CEO for content syndication, Reliance Entertainment said, "Harappa Trilogy transcends genre-categorization and blends across the realms of history, mythology, fantasy, crime, thriller and contemporary fiction. It is the perfect story that needs to be told to a wider audience of cinema and digital-content. We are delighted to partner with Vineet on this journey." 

Author Bajpai added, "The books have received the love of tens of thousands of readers from all over India, across all age-groups. Everyone wants to see the saga retold on the silver screen. I could not have asked for a better partner than Reliance Entertainment. They have the legacy, the experience and the reach to do full justice to the scale and grandeur needed to adapt the Harappa Trilogy on screen."