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The Story Ink and Locomotive Global acquire screen adaptation rights for ‘The Making of Star India’

The 10-episode multi-season series will showcase the revolution of the television industry in India seen through a fictional lens

Book to screen content company The Story Ink along with Locomotive Global announced the acquisition of the exclusive screen adaptation rights for ‘The Making of Star India’ written by Vanita Kohli-Khandekar.

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Sidharth Jain, Founder and Producer, The Story Ink and Sunder Aaron, Co-founder and Principal , Locomotive Global Inc will produce a 10-episode multi-season scripted drama series that utilises Khandekar’s book for source material. The on-screen adaptation will carry the audience on a journey through the meteoric rise and revolution of the Indian television industry.

Jain and Aaron’s objective is to produce a premium drama series that will be made available to viewers via a global streaming platform partner. 


Khandekar said, “I am delighted that my book ‘The Making of Star India’ has inspired this series. The book is not just about Star, but also about the growth of television in India over three decades. The stories behind the making of the world's second-largest TV market will make you laugh, cry and gasp at the audacity and sheer bull-headedness of the men and women who created it. This series aims to take that journey to another fictional dimension. I am so looking forward to working as a consulting writer with Sid and Sunder on this project.”

Jain said, “Our aim is to create a global quality scripted series. A ground-breaking new show that will be akin to ‘Mad men meets succession’ and set in the roaring rah-rah early days of the Indian television industry of the late 1990s and early 2000s.”


Aaron also commented, “We aim to pull the curtains back, and present the story of Indian television in an unconventional and ground-breaking way that people around the world will find compelling to watch. Today more than ever before, viewers of premium drama series want to lose themselves in an authentic world they find fascinating and yet never knew existed.”

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