December 11, 2017
By Rachel Ho
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, announced the biggest-ever TV co-production between London and India – a remake of The Far Pavilions, based on the novel by M.M.Kaye.
The co-production, worth a potential £113m ($150m), will be produced by Beautiful Bay Productions (Indian-based producer, Michael Ward and UK based producer Colin Burrows) and will feature the very best Indian on-screen talent.
The unique collaboration will be produced by a creative crew which will include both Indian and British technicians. Post-production for the high-end drama will be based in London, the world-leading centre for VFX (visual effects) and post-production facilities.
The Far Pavilions was written by British author M.M.Kaye in 1978. This epic novel tells the story of an English man brought up as a Hindu during the British Raj, and his passionate love for an Indian princess. It was turned into a three-episode mini-series in 1984, starring Ben Cross, Amy Irving, Omar Sharif and Christopher Lee. The 2018 remake will be much longer – running to 30, one-hour episodes.
The Mayor made this landmark announcement in Mumbai during the UK-India Year of Culture. He met with prominent British people working in Bollywood, highlighting the longstanding cultural ties between the two film capitals of London and Mumbai. Alongside the producers Michael Ward and Colin Burrows, Sadiq met with film composer and music producer of Bombay Dub Orchestra and Bohemia Junction, Andrew T.Mackay, hair and make-up designer Clover Wootton and film director Pia Sukanya.
Last night (3 December) the Mayor met with Bollywood stars at an industry dinner hosted by Indian businessman Mukesh Ambani.
Sadiq Khan is on the second day of a trade mission to India as part of his continued drive to create jobs, skills and growth in London. The Mayor of London will remind everyone he meets that London is still the world’s number-one location for investment, talent and ideas, and he will say that people from all over the world remain welcome to work, study or visit his city. Sadiq is being accompanied by his Deputy Mayor for Business, Rajesh Agrawal, and his jam-packed itinerary, covering three Indian cities, includes discussions on business and investment, regeneration opportunities, visas and opportunities to work together.