The 2010 UK feature comedy, which has been in development at NBC this season, is now lined up for a bigscreen Bollywood remake. India’s Trigno Media has acquired the rights to develop a Hindi-language take on the story of a Muslim family man who discovers he’s adopted and Jewish. The original starred British-Iranian comic actor Omid Djalili along with Richard Schiff, Archie Panjabi and Matt Lucas. The remake will focus on India’s two main religions of Hinduism and Islam. Trigno’s Sajjad Chunawala 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.” The Infidel was previously acquired for the US by Showtime after it premiered in Tribeca in 2010. Original producers Uzma Hasan, Arvind David and writer-producer David Baddiel are exec producing the redo. Negotiations were handled by Hasan.
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