Is there going to be a Desi “Harry Potter”?
Shekhar Kapur has said that he wants to make “the Indian version of the Harry Potter series.” The director told Times of India that people in India are “used to things that are out of this world.” “I wanted Paani to look like an Indian movie. Because I’ve always thought that, even though Slumdog Millionaire made around $400 million around the world, it wasn’t called an Indian picture. The director, who has won many awards, said, “I really wanted Paani to be an Indian film. I went back to India to make it, even though I had thought about making it in Spanish at one time. I had thought about putting it in Mexico City because they have the same problems as we do. The same conflicts, and the same way of life. But during that time, I lost about five or six years of my life.” He went on, “I’m actually working on a project that could be called the Indian Harry Potter. I’m not making Harry Potter. But the Indian word for it was. Same genre. That kind of Harry Potter book because I think the Indian market is so used to things that are not from this world. We’ve heard these kinds of stories our whole lives. I’m working on and probably will make a movie series from India, not the West, like Harry Potter. Shekhar’s most recent movie was the romantic comedy What’s Love Got to Do with It, which starred Shabana Azmi, Emma Thompson, Lily James, Shazad Latif, Sajal Aly, Oliver Chris, Asim Chaudhry, Jeff Mirza, Alice Orr-Ewing, and Rahat Fateh Ali Khan.