Gideon Raff, the Israeli television director, writer and screenwriter of the popular show Hatufim (Prisoners of War), is visiting India for the first time. He says his “experience” has been amazing so far.
Gideon’s show, which has been adapted as an American TV series that stars Damian Lewis and Claire Danes, will now be converted into an Indian TV series as well.
Ask Gideon if small-screen directors are taking the easy route by adapting content from original shows, and he says, “Adaptations can be harder than creating original content. So, I don’t think it is a shortcut of any kind. Most adaptations that have been made so far have failed. Adapting a movie from a book is even more challenging.”
Gideon, who has also worked with Priyanka Chopra for the pilot episode of her ongoing American TV series Quantico, calls Priyanka “phenomenal”, adding, “It was fun working with her. I enjoyed the experience.”
Like Priyanka, actors such as Irrfan Khan and Deepika Padukone have worked in projects in the West. Gideon says that American actors are also interested in exploring work in India. “That’s because it’s in an actor’s DNA or nature to explore and mix with cultures,” he says.
Watch: Trailer of Hatufim (Prisoners of War)
Bollywood actors often promote their upcoming films on television shows. Gideon says this culture prevails on American television as well. “There’s an increasing crossover between television and films. Television is becoming interesting in America. It’s becoming more finite. The more finite it is, the more Hollywood stars would find their way into it,” he says.