The Israeli drama series Fauda has been licensed by Applause Entertainment for an Indian adaptation.
The Indian adaptation of Fauda will highlight the complexity and sensitivities of the conflicting relationship between India and Pakistan. Writing and development are underway, and filming of the series is expected to begin early next year.
Applause is behind Indian adaptations of several acclaimed international shows such as Criminal Justice, Hostages, The Office and Mind the Malhotras (La Famiglia).
The original, award-winning drama series Fauda comes from the Tel Aviv-based yes Studios.
Sameer Nair, CEO of Applause Entertainment, said: “Fauda is a fictional tale, deeply rooted in the reality of a region, culture and people. In a world of conflict and struggle, there are innocent victims and brutal acts of violence on both sides. Reality is often stranger than fiction, and is rarely black and white; Fauda is an effort to represent this grey state of conflict. We have a similar scenario in India which is why we believe this compelling story must be transliterated and adapted to take it to a larger Indian and global audience. We want to deliver strong and relevant digital content to new audiences and are proud to be associated with yes Studios.”
Danna Stern, managing director of yes Studios, added, “We’re excited to collaborate with a brand like Applause Entertainment to bring in the Indian version of Fauda. Applause has been a leading studio in acquiring international formats and adapting them for local audiences. Their entire adaptation process is meticulous and stays true to the original material while making the story relevant to their local viewers—which they know so well; we are certain that they will do complete justice with the Indian version.”
Avi Issacharoff, co-creator, commented, “Fauda has been an integral part of our professional and personal lives and we’re extremely excited that it is being remade for another country and language. India is creating some exciting digital content and Applause Entertainment will help take Fauda to a different territory and a wider audience base.”
Lior Raz, co-creator and lead actor, said: “Fauda is a show which is extremely authentic and real. Applause Entertainment is known for presenting their shows in that manner. I’m thrilled with our collaboration on Fauda and I’m sure Indian audiences will be enthralled by the realistic and detailed world created especially for them in this carefully thought-out adaptation.”