He is considered one of the world’s most stylish detectives. And even as Sherlock Holmes becomes a blockbuster franchise, Robert Downey Jr is set to have an Indian counterpart. Apparently, a Hollywood film titled The Indian Sherlock, based on writer-journalist Tarquin Hall’s mystery novels, is set to take off soon.
While director Anand Tucker of Leap Year and Shopgirl (2005) fame, who is half-Indian and half-German, will be directing the movie adaptation, the filmmakers have gotten in touch with Anil Kapoor to play the lead role in it. But insiders maintain Kapoor is yet to have a detailed conversation with the director and author.
“Anil sir has not committed to the project, but he intends to meet the director and writer in Los Angeles in May to take the discussion forward,” says a member of Anil’s entourage. At the moment, the actor is busy wrapping up Sanjay Gupta’s Shootout At Wadala before starting the shoot of Roger Donaldson’s Cities, which also stars Orlando Bloom and Kirsten Dunst.
Like Hall’s books, The Indian Sherlock will be a mystery-thriller based in modern India. The story revolves around the investigation methods of the Punjabi character, Vish Puri.When contacted, Kapoor confirmed the development.
“Yes, I have been approached, but nothing is finalised yet. Let’s see how things go,” says the actor. Insiders say that the Slumdog Millionaire (2008) actor is excited about the storyline.
Who’s Vish Puri?
He’s portly, persistent and unmistakably Punjabi. A self-confessed master of disguise, India’s Most Private Detective neither shies from putting himself in the way of danger nor from indulging his appetite for all things fried and spicy. With his team of undercover operatives — Tubelight, Flush and Facecream, Puri solves cases in his own quirky manner.