SonyLIV Orders Adaptation Of Agatha Christie’s ‘The Sittaford Mystery’, Directed By Vishal Bhardwaj

Indian streamer SonyLIV A new adaptation of Agatha Christie’s detective novel has been announced The Sittaford Mysterydirector, Vishal Bhardwaj’s debut on a streaming series.

Hindi-language translation entitled Charlie Chopra & The Mystery Of Solang Valley, is produced by the director’s Vishal Bhardwaj Pictures, along with Priti Shahani’s Tusk Tale Films in association with Agatha Christie Limited.

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Bhardwaj, Anjum Rajabali, and JyotsnaHariharan also co-scripted this adaptation.

The series’ heavyweight ensemble cast includes Wamiqa Gabbi, Priyanshu Painyuli, Naseeruddin Shah, Neena Gupta, Ratna Pathak Shah, Gulshan Grover, Lara Dutta, Chandan Roy Sanyal and Paoli Dam.

James Prichard, Christie’s great grandson and CEO of Agatha Christie Limited, is on board as an Executive Producer. Leo Dezoysa and Basi Akpabio have taken over the roles of Executive Producers for Agatha Christie Limited.

Bhardwaj previously directed feature films adaptations of many Shakespeare classics, including Haider (Hamlet), Omkara (Othello) and Maqbool (Macbeth). His credits include 7 Khoon Maaf, an adaptation of a Ruskin Bond short story, and Netflix’s upcoming spy drama feature Khufiya, adapted from Amar Bhushan’s novel Escape to Nowhere.

Apart from founding, Tusk Tales FilmsShahani established Junglee Pictures, a division of Times of India Group. It produced critically-acclaimed films that were commercially successful. Badhaai Ho, Raazi, Bareilly Ki Barfi Talvar.

SonyLIV content head Saugata Mukherjee said: “Detective fiction has been a perennial favourite with our audience and what better than an Agatha Christie novel. We are thrilled to bring one of her classics. The Sittaford Mystery Vishal Bhardwaj adapted the book very skillfully to an Indian setting. We are thrilled to have Vishal onboard as his ingenuity in adapting literary classics remains unrivalled.”

Bhardwaj said: “I grew up devouring all Agatha Christie mysterious tales. Her plots, characters and setting remain unparalleled  in the genre and continue to excite storytellers even today. It has been an incredible journey collaborating with James Prichard, great grandson of Agatha Christie, who always brought unique perspectives to our team.”

Prichard said: “My great grandmother has many fans in India and I am really excited for them to enjoy this adaptation by Vishal Bhardwaj which takes the story of The Sittaford Mystery and reimagines it in India.”

BBC recently announced an adaptation of Christie’s Murder Is Easy Sian Ejiwunmi Le Berre scripted BBC One and BritBox Internaional. This follows a group of previously Christie reworks by Sarah Phelps.

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