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Abundantia plans to adapt Pakistani bestselling novel into Hindi film

MUMBAI: Independent film studio Abundantia Entertainment is gearing up to adapt Pakistani journalist Saba Imtiaz’s bestselling novel ‘Karachi, You’re Killing Me’ into a Hindi film.

The book chronicles the life of Ayesha Khan, a progressive-thinking journalist in her late twenties.

Abundantia founder CEO Vikram Malhotra said, “I read the book, the very day after I came across a review that described it as a cross between ‘Bridget Jones’s Diary’ and ‘Diary of a Social Butterfly’. The quirky review compelled me to know more and I ended up reading the book on my Kindle within 24 hours as the Indian edition was sold out in bookstores at that time.

“The story excited me just like Vikas Bahl’s ‘Queen’ had, when he’d shared it with me for the first time. I have full faith that ‘Karachi….’ will translate into a film that will resonate with today’s audience, especially women as they will see lots of slices of their lives in it!”

Besides this, the team at Abundantia is at work on a slate of films that include Nikhil Advani’s urban corporate drama ‘Bazaar’, Nishikant Kamat’s untitled period mystery, etc.

“Based on the model of ‘talent-corporate partnership’, Abundantia has notched up an impressive slate of films that are under the patronage of experienced hands of directors like Neeraj Pandey, Nikhil Advani, Shoojit Sircar, and Nishikant Kamat, to name a few. This roster of A-list talent is blended with some of the finest upcoming writers and directors, making Abundantia a creative haven. Films like ‘Airlift’, a high-voltage period drama that brings to screen the untold story of the world’s largest evacuation ever and books like ‘Karachi’… are just the kind of content that we like to back and promote,” Malhotra added.

Through its partner company Crouching Tiger Motion Pictures, Abundantia produced the recently released Neeraj Pandey film ‘Baby’ starring Akshay Kumar. Their next production ‘Airlift’, a co-production with Advani’s Emmay Entertainment, has just wrapped up its second schedule.