Ever since its premiere in 2011, American TV series Homeland has been a huge success. The series, about a bipolar CIA agent Carrie Mathison and her belief that the US Marine Corps officer Nicholas Brody, held captive by al-Qaeda, has returned as an agent of the terrorist outfit. The show, which has found a wide audience in India, too, is in fact a remake of the Israeli TV series, titled Hatufim (Prisoners of War). Now, Star network has purchased the rights to the original series to remake it for Indian television. To adapt it for the medium, they have brought on board filmmaker Nikhil Advani.
Advani, known for espionage thrillers like D-Day and most recently, Airlift, is adapting the Israeli series for the Indian audience for Star Plus. Advani, however, was unavailable for comment. Homeland is a thriller about protecting the motherland, and also has a strong interpersonal angle, points out a source from the channel, adding that these aspects make the show palatable to the Indian audience. The series is currently in production stages and the cast is yet to be finalised. The show is likely to launch in the second half of this year.
However, Homeland, over the last year or so, has also been at the centre of debate. It has been accused of being “islamophobic” and also showcasing as villains certain Muslim countries. The Indian version, it is learnt, will depict the character of Brody as an Indian agent held prisoner of war in Pakistan. In the wake of the recent Pathankot attacks, the series might take off well but it remains to be seen if it will be able to tread the fine line and not make Muslims, a minority already feeling insecure, seem like villains.