Vishesh Bhatt Buys Rights To Adapt RK Laxman’s Book ‘Servants of India’ For A Digital Series
Digital series is in trend, thanks to the unprecedented reach of the internet across the country over the last few years. Another trend that has also been observed is that apart from writing fresh stories, there is a long line of filmmakers who are busy adapting popular books by Indian authors. The latest book which is set for its digital screen adaptation is RK Laxman’s Servants of India.
Vishesh Bhatt will bankroll the web series based on the popular book. The filmmaker announced it on Tuesday. A statement issued by the makers read, “It would be a satirical drama on the casual class prejudices we all have in India, punched with the gripping absurdity of situations that have occurred in many of our own lives or with our friends.”
For the uninitiated, Servants of India is a collection of ten comic stories which are woven around domestic workers coming from various walks of life. The book includes the story of a cook called Swami, who finds his true calling as a godman. Another interesting character is the maid Shanti, who is fed up with unwanted attention from a neighbor’s helper. And then there is this driver called Anthony, who earns money on the side by giving lifts to strangers. All these interesting stories have been strung together by a freelance journalist called Ganesh.
“In this series, every character has certain idiosyncrasies and Laxman has used his trademark wit to fictionalize real world people into characters with gripping twists,” the statement added further. “Vishesh Bhatt visions to adapt the characters with a new age and quirky treatment.”
Bhatt and his team have bought the rights for making a digital series on the popular book from Laxman’s family and his company RK IPR Management. Apart from the published work, some unpublished work of the author will also find its appearance in the upcoming web-show.
Talking about the star cast, the makers are yet to announce any name. It is also not clear which streaming media platform the series is being made for. More updates are awaited.