Filmmaker Shekhar Kapur to Direct Series Based on Amish Tripathi’s ‘Shiva Trilogy’

Mumbai: Veteran filmmaker Shekhar Kapur is set to direct the serial adaptation of Amish author Tripathi’s critically acclaimed book series “Shiva Trilogy”. The series is the first project from global studio International Art Machine, which on Wednesday announced plans to venture into the Indian market.

Led by Roy Price, the studio has also lined up projects from Bollywood star Preity Zinta and critically acclaimed filmmaker Dibakar Banerjee.

International Art Machine has acquired the rights to Tripathi’s Shiva Trilogy, which includes the books — “The Immortals of Meluha” (2010), “The Secret of the Nagas” (2011) and “The Oath of the Vayuputras” (2013).

The first book “The Immortals of Meluha” will be adapted into a digital show, which will be directed by Kapur. Suparn S Varma of “The Family Man 2” fame will serve as showrunner and also direct the series.

Kapur, best known for ‘Elizabeth’ and ‘Bandit Queen’, said he was delighted to direct the serial adaptation of Shiva Trilogy, which he said was “the great Indian publishing sensation crossing all ages and all classes.

“It’s not just mythology, it’s the best of modern storytelling. Lending itself to a great international series,” the filmmaker said in a statement.

Varma said the trilogy is a genre-defining book and has become part of the country’s pop culture.

“I loved the reimagining and world building involving two of my favorite gods! The scale of the vision and the ambition of our show visually and emotionally is such a huge task, but we want to bring the audience a vision that has never been seen before on screens,” Varma added.

Tripathi said he was delighted to collaborate with Kapur, Varma and Roy.

“We couldn’t have asked for a better team than this to bring my books into the AV world. I’m sure with a team like this we’ll create a web series worthy of Lord Shiva,” he added. .

Upon entering India, International Art Machine said it was committed to creating believable and creative commercial stories across theatrical and digital platforms and partnering with top brass in the industry for a massive launch roster.

The studio will follow the series adaptation of the Shiva trilogy with the political thriller “Gods”, which will be directed by Dibaker Banerjee, and “The Kitty Party”, a comedy-drama which will mark the directorial debut of Zinta, known for movies like ‘Dil Se..’, ‘Dil Chahta Hai’ and ‘Veer-Zaara’.

“We are entering a cutting-edge new era for Asian original film and television. Everything we do supports this vision. India in particular, with its many people and stories, is poised to become a leader in a new world of multi-polar entertainment. I couldn’t imagine a better project to start IAM’s life than Shiva, and there’s no better dream team to realize the full potential of Amish novels than Shekhar and Suparn We are very excited about ‘Shiva’, ‘The Kitty Party’ with Preity Zinta and ‘Gods’ with Dibakar Banerjee as the first slate in India,” Price added.

Virginia C. Taylor