The content studio from the Aditya Birla Group Applause Entertainment, is set to make the official Indian version of multiple BAFTA winning BBC UK crime drama Criminal Justice. The show will be produced by BBC Studios India.
Applause Entertainment has signed up B-town actors like Jackie Shroff, Vikrant Massey, Pankaj Tripathi, Mita Vashisht and Anupriya Goenka for the show.
Critically acclaimed film director Tigmanshu Dhulia who has directed films like Paan Singh Tomar, Bullet Raja, Sahib Biwi aur Gangster will direct the series along with Vishal Furia, who has directed Marathi horror film Lapachappi.
The format has been adapted by Shridhar Raghavan, who is known for films Khakee, Chandni Chowk to China and Bluffmaster! amongst others.
Sameer Nair, CEO of Applause Entertainment, expressed, “We are elated to announce this heady mix of a powerful story and a fabulous team of actors and story-tellers for Criminal Justice. Curating an exceptional adaptation, combined with talent like Jackie Shroff, Tigmanshu Dhulia, Vikrant Massey, Pankaj Tripathi, Shridhar Raghavan, Vishal Furia and others is a coup for Applause Entertainment. The team is looking forward to creating and providing more such quality content to the digital world.”
Said Tigmanshu, “Criminal Justice has been appreciated extensively across the world. As the Indian audience have evolved in terms of the content they want to see, it gives directors like me more opportunity to experiment with our projects. The story of this show engulfs you and preserves the mystery by withholding information and keeping you in the lurch, gasping for more. It constantly undermines what we think we know and makes one question every single thing one sees.”
Jackie Shroff commented, “After working in films for so many years, when BBC & Applause Entertainment approached me to work in the digital medium, it had to be something that was striking and different and that is exactly what Criminal Justice is! The day Shridhar narrated the script and my role to me, I knew this was it! The script brought out a host of emotions in me and I hope it does that to the viewers too. It is mysterious, heart-pounding, unpredictable, thrilling and keeps you hooked and at the edge of the seat waiting for answers you thought you knew.”