Lionsgate Play’s First Indian Original Is a Remake of Casual, Led by Lara Dutta and Prateik Babbar


Lionsgate Play’s first Indian unique collection is a remake of Casual, the critically-acclaimed American comedy-drama that ran for 4 seasons on Hulu (and is offered on Amazon Prime Video in India). The Indian remake of Casual may have Lara Dutta (Don 2) and Prateik Babbar (Four More Shots Please!) in lead roles, with Kunal Kohli (Hum Tum) set as director. Dutta and Babbar will play siblings, a newly-divorced single mom and her youthful once-entrepreneurial brother, respectively, who resolve to stay collectively after her divorce and co-raise the previous’s teenage daughter.

Michaela Watkins, Tommy Dewey, and Tara Lynne Barr performed the respective roles initially in Casual. The Hulu collection was developed by Zander Lehmann, who based mostly some occasions of the present on his personal life, having lived for 3 years together with his youthful sister throughout their mother and father’ divorce. Jason Reitman, the director of Juno and Up within the Air, was an govt producer on Casual and directed a number of of the 44 half-hour episodes. Casual was in any other case recognized for using feminine administrators for many of its episodes. The American collection was nominated for a Golden Globe for finest collection.

Tara Lynne Barr, Tommy Dewey, and Michaela Watkins in Casual
Photo Credit: Hulu

Casual is an fascinating alternative for Lionsgate Play’s first Indian unique given it promised “high-budget premium Indian originals” again in December when it (formally) launched its personal app, exterior of the Airtel, Jio, and Vi expertise that it was initially housed in. Casual is just not a present that requires a large finances. But it does match the adult-content focus, which Lionsgate Play hopes will make it a complementary providing to the massive gamers in Netflix, Disney+ Hotstar, and Amazon Prime Video.

For Lionsgate Play, Casual is its personal IP because the Hulu collection was additionally produced by Lionsgate Television. Could the American studio dig deeper into its catalogue for future Indian originals? After all, it has extra critically-acclaimed collection on its books, together with the likes of interval drama Mad Men, the medical comedy-drama Nurse Jackie, and the jail comedy-drama Orange Is the New Black.

There are extra Indian originals already within the works at Lionsgate Play. Kohli was half of a expertise record revealed again in December, alongside Anil Kapoor, Mukesh Bhatt, and Akarsh Khurana, and studios similar to Endemol Shine.

“The launch of Lionsgate Play’s first slate of original series in India is the next logical step in the continued rapid growth of the platform,” Lionsgate Television Group chairman Kevin Beggs mentioned in a ready assertion. “Our ability to kick off the Lionsgate Play original slate with the remake of a great intellectual property like Casual, with a renowned director and world-class stars, shows what we can achieve through the continued collaboration of our Starz, Lionsgate Television and Lionsgate India businesses.”

Rohit Jain, Lionsgate’s managing director for South Asia, mentions “our first line-up of original series with a great slate of accomplished writers, directors and actors” in his ready remarks, which means that Lionsgate Play will make extra bulletins on the Indian originals monitor quickly.

Lionsgate Play is offered in 56 nations and operates with the moniker of StarzPlay — Starz, owned by Lionsgate, is a pay-TV community within the US — in 26 markets.