EXCLUSIVE: Netflix will adapt Nidhi Chanani’s bestselling graphic novel Pashmina into an original CG-animated musical. Netflix has teamed with Gurinder Chadha — the Bend It Like Beckham helmer whose Bruce Springsteen-infused coming of age film Blinded By the Light was a Sundance sensation with a $15 million New Line deal — and producer and Hyde Park Entertainment principal Ashok Amritraj, and Chadha’s long-standing writing partner Paul Mayeda Berges.
Pashmina is a fantasy and adventure story that follows Priyanka, a first generation American of Indian descent, as she explores her family history with the help of a magical pashmina. Nidhi Chanani’s debut graphic novel by the same name has been lauded for its portrayal of Indian culture and feminism, receiving a number of awards and recognitions, including Amazon’s Top Twenty Children’s Book of the Year, Northern California Indie Bookseller Association Long-List Title and A Junior Library Guild Selection.
“When our hero, Priyanka, puts on the magical pashmina for the first time and is transported to the India of her dreams, that’s when the fun, the magic, the song and the dancing really come to life!” Chadha said.
Amritraj added, “Pashmina is a wonderful coming-of-age story that will resonate with anyone who has ever felt like an outsider, and one that I believe Netflix families around the world will enjoy experiencing together.”
“Gurinder, Paul and Ashok together form a cinematic dream team and we’re beyond thrilled to work with them to bring to life the beautiful story of Pashmina – with its universal themes of family, female empowerment, and identity,” added Melissa Cobb, vice president of kids & family at Netflix. “Pashmina connects three generations of women across two continents in a timely story that we hope will resonate with family audiences around the world on Netflix.”
Pashmina will be produced by Amritraj’s Hyde Park together with Chadha’s Bend It Films. Jon Levin of Fourward will serve as executive producer, along with Hyde Park’s Priya Amritraj and Addison Mehr as well as Paul Mayeda Berges and Nidhi Chanani.
Pashmina becomes the latest ambitious animated film for Netflix, which releases the Juan Antin’s CG-animated feature film Pachamama in June and Sergio Pablos’ 2D animated feature film Klaus in November.
Chadha is repped by ICM Partners.