Acclaimed actress Vidya Balan, who was last seen in Tumhari Sulu opposite Manav Kaul, will play former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi onscreen in a project based on journalist-author Sagarika Ghose’s book “Indira: Indias Most Powerful Prime Minister”.Also Read - Indian Film Festival of Melbourne 2021 Winners List: Soorarai Pottru Wins Best Film; Best Actor-Actress Go to Manoj Bajpayee And Vidya Balan- See Full List

“I am happy to have acquired the rights to Sagarika Ghose’s ‘Indira…’ because I have always wanted to play Indira Gandhi. I haven’t decided yet whether it should be a film or a web series, but that will take a while anyway,” Vidya, a National Award winner, said in a statement on Tuesday. Also Read - Vidya Balan And Shefali Shah Unite For The First Time With 'Jalsa', Tumhari Sulu Director Suresh Triveni to Direct

Ghose, elated about signing the contract, wrote: “Most excited to see ‘Indira’ on-screen!” She also called Vidya an “ace”. ALSO READ: Actor Madhavan Qualifies For National Finals of Golf Tournament Also Read - Shah Rukh Khan-Kajol Reunite For Rajkumar Hirani Film, Vidya Balan-Taapsee Pannu Also Part Of The Film?

The book, published by Juggernaut Books, is a no-holds-barred biographical portrait that looks for answers to lingering issues: from why Indira Gandhi revoked the Emergency to her son Sanjay’s curious grip over her; and from her bad marriage and love affairs to her dangerous religious politics.

“Indira: India’s Most Powerful Prime Minister” was pitched by the publishers to the film and screen community at the Word to Screen Market 2017, organised by the Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival. Watch this space for further updates.