Director Mira Nair is soon going to adapt the New York Times story, “The Jungle Prince of Delhi” written by Ellen Barry as a drama series for Amazon. It is a 2020 Pulitzer Prize finalist and also a three-part audio series for The Times’ podcast, The Daily.
The article unveils the mystery of the royal family of Oudh. They resided in a ruined palace in Delhi and claimed to be the heirs to the fallen kingdom. Amazon has secured the exclusive rights to the exposé and the series is in a nascent stage of development.
Mira Nair, who recently directed the six-part BBC drama ‘A Suitable Boy’, is going to direct and be the executive producer for the series. She has had an illustrious career and is one of the most noteworthy woman directors.
What You Should Know
- Director Mira Nair is going to adapt the New York Times story, “The Jungle Prince of Delhi” written by Ellen Barry as a drama series for Amazon.
- It is a 2020 Pulitzer Prize finalist and also a three-part audio series for The Times’ podcast, The Daily.
- Amazon has secured the exclusive rights to the exposé.
An Eloquent Tale
The project comes from Chernobyl producer Sister, Community producer Krasnoff/Foster Entertainment and Fourth and Twenty Eight Films, run by Philadelphia Eagles minority owner Christina Lurie. Similarly, it will also be executive produced by Stacey Snider, Jane Featherstone, Kate Fenske of SISTER and Barry and Caitlin Roper, head of scripted entertainment for The New York Times.
“Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Ellen Barry’s beautifully written tale of the Oudh family revealed deeper truths rooted in the violence and trauma of the partition of India. The moving story, and the 3-part audio series for The Times’s podcast, The Daily, were the result of years of reporting and investigation across continents. Since its publication, The Times has certainly been searching for the right partners to expand the story’s reach and we are thrilled to work with the incomparable Mira Nair, and therefore, to be producing ‘The Jungle Prince’ series with Amazon Studios alongside Krasnoff/Foster Entertainment, SISTER, and Fourth and Twenty Eight Films,” Roper told Variety.
The series narrates the tale the eccentric royal family of Oudh, dethroned aristocrats. They occupied a ruined palace in the Indian capital, in contrast with the vision of grandeur. They claimed to be the heirs to a fallen kingdom. Partition-era India forms the backdrop of the story. Prince Cyrus claimed to be a member of the Muslim kingdom, that the British annexed in the 19th century. Consequently, he was actually Mickey Butt, the son of the registrar of Lucknow University.
Exciting news: The Jungle Prince, my piece about one of Delhi's great legends, a mysterious family who lived in a ruined palace in the forest, will be adapted for a series by the great @MiraPagliNair, Amazon & Sister Pictures, the producers of Chernobyl. https://t.co/2IM5QakpBP
— Ellen Barry (@EllenBarryNYT) July 9, 2020
The Padma Bhushan awardee grew up in Orissa and finally graduated from Harvard University on a full scholarship. Initially, she wanted to act, therefore, followed it up by making documentary films. Nair has also received the prestigious BAFTA, Academy Award, and Golden Globe nomination for best foreign-language film for her debut feature “Salaam Bombay!” Furthermore, the film won the Caméra d’Or at Cannes. She is renowned for her films “Salam Bombay!”, “Monsoon Wedding”, “Vanity Fair”, “The Queen of Katwe”, “The Namesake” and “The Reluctant Fundamentalist”.
Ria Chakraborty is an intern with SheThePeople.TV