Fox's Star Plus to Adapt 'Prisoners of War,' the Original 'Homeland,' for India

Ronen Akerman
'Prisoners of War'

The Hindi remake of the Israeli show will come from Bollywood director Nikhil Advani.

Israeli series Prisoners of War, on which Showtime's Homeland is based, is set for an Indian adaptation.

Star Plus, the 21st Century Fox-owned Star India's Hindi entertainment channel, has inked a deal with Israel's Keshet International to adapt the show for the country.

Like other adaptations in various countries, including Mexico, the remake will follow the show's core story about a soldier, held hostage for many years, who returns home and attempts to readjust to a normal life as his family, and his government, wonder if he's been turned by the enemy.

The Hindi version, for which a title and airdate were not immediately announced, will be directed by Bollywood helmer Nikhil Advani. His credits include 2013 spy drama D-Day and his 2003 debut, romantic drama Kal Ho Na Ho. The local adaptation of Prisoners of War will be produced by Emmay Entertainment, co-founded by Advani, which recently produced war thriller Airlift.

"We are extremely proud to be collaborating with Star Plus on one of our most accomplished properties," said Keshet International's managing director, distribution Keren Shahar, adding that “securing this deal with a highly esteemed partner is indicative of Keshet's future ambitions in India.”

Created by Gideon Raff, Prisoners of War debuted in 2010 and garnered strong ratings. Fox 21 and Showtime were the first to nab adaptation rights even before the Israeli show launched. Homeland made its U.S. debut in 2011 and recently concluded its fifth season.

In India, the show has aired on Star India's English entertainment channel Star World. In its fourth season in 2014, the Emmy and Golden Globe winning show also starred Indian talent. Actress Nimrat Kaur (The Lunchbox) played an official with Pakistan's intelligence agency, while actor Suraj Sharma (Life of Pi) played a Pakistani medical student.

Keshet has earlier struck licensing deals for the show in such territories as South Korea (Star J Entertainment), Russia (WeitMedia), Turkey (Medyapim) and Mexico (Televisa).

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