India-based Trigno Media, co-founded by Sajjad Chunawala and Shariq Patel, has acquired the rights to develop British cross-cultural comedy The Infidel in Hindi; the film’s original producers Uzma Hasan, Arvind David and writer-producer David Baddiel will executive produce.
The 2010 UK box-office hit starred Omid Djalili as a Muslim family man who discovers he’s adopted and Jewish. Richard Schiff (West Wing), Archie Panjabi (The Good Wife) and Matt Lucas (Little Britain) also starred. The Infidel has released in over 22 territories globally to critical and commercial acclaim.
The remake will focus on India’s two main religions: Hinduism and Islam. Sajjad Chunawala, Director of Trigno Media said: “People are terrified about race and religious issues, especially issues surrounding Muslims and Hindus, and when people are terrified, what they really should do is laugh. The Infidel is a hilarious story of a man caught between his religion and his conscience and is a story that has immense relevance to India and is a fantastic and important film that is waiting to be made.”
Negotiations were handled by Uzma Hasan and India specialist lawyers Lee and Thompson. Commenting on the announcement, Uzma remarked: “It’s been incredible to watch The Infidel resonate with audiences across the globe; I’m excited to see it reinterpreted in one of world’s most richly diverse nations.”