Bollywood actor Parineeti Chopra has been roped in for a Hindi remake of popular 2015 thriller, The Girl on the Train, Reliance Entertainment announced on Wednesday.
Paula Hawkins’ 2015 runaway bestseller, The Girl On The Train was adapted into a Hollywood film by Steven Spielberg’s DreamWorks Pictures. Emily Blunt, who starred in the lead, received a nomination for her performance at the 23rd Screen Actors Guild Awards, as well as a BAFTA nomination for Best Actress in a Leading Role. Parineeti will play an alcoholic divorcée, who becomes involved in a missing person’s investigation in the film, to be directed by Ribhu Dasgupta.Parineeti said in a press statement, “I want to do roles that audiences haven’t seen me in before and one’s that require a lot of prep and homework, which is why The Girl On The Train really worked for me. The character is an alcoholic and a victim of abuse, and I haven’t explored anything like her onscreen before”.
She continued, “It’s exciting because I never thought I’d actually be doing a film around a book I’ve read and loved. I relate to the character because I’ve studied and worked in London, it’s my second home… I even know the tube maps inside out. I can’t wait to start shooting the film and relive those days and I hope people enjoy seeing me in a completely new avatar in this film.” she added.
Talking about what made Parineeti the ideal choice for the film, director Ribhu said, “The character is edgy, dark, and gritty along with being extremely emotional. So it is great to team up with someone like Parineeti, who is an extremely sincere actor and a powerful performer.”
Shibasish Sarkar, Group CEO Reliance Entertainment added, “Not only is The Girl On The Train one of the best psychological thrillers but also a heartwarming story of the female protagonist and her discovery of life. We have procured the rights of the book and the film, and will be adapting it from an Indian story telling perspective. Amblin will be a partner in this film.”
While further details are yet to be announced, Shibasish revealed, “The film is expected to go on floors around July 2019 and we expect to finish shooting by September. The film is entirely set in UK and we are in the process of locking the location. We haven’t fixed a release date yet but it will be in 2020”.
Last seen opposite Akshay Kumar in Kesari, Parineeti also has Jabariya Jodi with Sidharth Malhotra and Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar with Arjun Kapoor in the pipeline.