EXCLUSIVE: Manisha Koirala to play an investigating officer in her next?


Aditya Birla Group's chairman, Kumar Mangalam Birla’s content studio, Applause Entertainment, which has already announced the Indian adaptations of The Office and Criminal Justice is now gearing up to bring yet another foreign show to Indian audiences. PeepingMoon has learnt that Applause Entertainment is working on the adaptation of Eyewitness, an American drama television series based on the Norwegian series Øyevitne.

Chandan Arora, who has edited films such like Company, Cheeni Kum, Krrish 3, Ghayal Once Again, Ki & Ka and the recent Pad Man and directed Main Madhuri Dixit Banna Chahti Hoon (2003) and Main, Meri Patni Aur Woh (2005), will helm this Indian adaptation. The show has been changed for the Hindi audiences with a female character headlining the cast. We have also learnt that Manisha Koirala will be playing the lead role in this crime thriller drama series.

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"After Lust Stories, Manisha Ji is getting lots of web-series offers. One of the many she has tremendously liked is the Indian adaptation of Eyewitness backed by Applause Entertainment. She has okay-ed the project and will soon sign on the dotted line," the source said adding that Manisha will be seen playing an investigator officer in the show.

"She is stirred about this project as she has never played a detective's character in her whole career", the source added.

Eyewitness is a bone thrilling ride that exposes the details of a ghastly crime and explores it from the point of view of the eyewitness. It follows a horrific crime story through the eyes of two innocent teenage boys, who witness a shooting when they secretly meet up in the forest. The boys who barely escape with their lives remain silent in fear of being caught by the culprits and also to keep their relationship a secret.

Eyewitness will be the third International show/drama series that Applause Entertainment is adapting into the Hindi context, after announcing the Indian adaptations of a sitcom called The Office and a series titled Criminal Justice. The content and IP creation studio is reportedly planning to invest around Rs 100-150 crore per year for web content. They already have about eight web shows in production, with as many as ten more shows awaiting the announcement in next three months.

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