Kai Po Che director to make a film on Charles Dickens classic
After the success of ‘Kai Po Che’, based on Chetan Bhagat’s ‘The 3 Mistakes of My Life’, director Abhishek Kapoor is all set to adapt another book. And this time it is the Charles Dickens classic Great Expectations. His cousin Ekta Kapoor will produce the film.
Set in early Victorian England, the Bildungsroman that charts the journey of Pip, an orphan, was the most autobiographical novel of Dickens, apart from David Copperfield. The novel has long been a favourite among filmmakers. Apart from David Lean’s adaptation, that came fifth in a 1999 BFI poll of the top 100 British film, Mike Newell’s 2012 film made on the novel has garnered good response in the festival circuit.
A source told TOI: “Gattu likes to write his own films. He believes he can do his best when he is able to create something from scratch. With Chetan’s book, he spent more than two years before the final draft was transformed into a movie.” However, for this project with Ekta, he was willing to make an exception. A source said: “It was a big challenge to come on a common ground for Gattu and Ekta. They had prolonged discussions before she was convinced that he could pull it off.”