Ronnie Screwvala’s RSVP Gets On Board Emmy Winning Creator Richie Mehta for ‘Bhopal Gas Tragedy Series’

Ronnie Screwvala’s RSVP Gets On Board Emmy Winning Creator Richie Mehta for ‘Bhopal Gas Tragedy Series’

Avya Sharma

Producer Ronnie Screwvala whose work always manages to impress the audience as well as the critics with his projects like, The Lunchbox and The Happening amongst others is all set to team up with Emmy winning creator Richie Mehta for the Bhopal Gas Tragedy series.

The official handle of RSVP took to their Twitter to announce the news. Have a look at the tweet here—

Produced by RSVP and Ramesh Krishnamoorthy’s Global One Studios, the series is based on Dominique Lapierre and Javier Moro‘s 1997 book, “Five Past Midnight in Bhopal: The Epic Story of the World’s Deadliest Industrial Disaster,” detailing the disaster that took place in 1984.

Talking about the same Richie Mehta said—

The authors have done such a precise and fascinating job of mapping out the human story which creates a thread all through this disaster and is told in an impartial manner, which is very important to me as a storyteller to step back and allow the viewer to fill in that judgment, and in the case of something like this very harsh judgment, of course.

Adding further, he said—

I think the fact that it happened in the 1980s, it is starting to evaporate from the collective consciousness of young people. Many people don’t even know about it or they hear rumours of it in India and certainly internationally. And so I feel like it’s really important to get it out there in an impartial and extremely well-researched manner, which the authors have done.

Upon the announcement of the series, ace producer Ronnie Screwvala had cited ‘Chernobyl’, a gold standard for series about man-made disasters. He said—

We’ve been looking at storytelling in very many different ways. I believe this for global audiences and not just Indian audiences overall more and more, especially because of OTT platforms, the mixture and the combination of great storytelling with a sense of realism and moving towards more inspired by true events based on a true story, actually has a lot more gravitas.

While no broadcasting partner yet locked for the upcoming project, Ronnie said—

We want to be doing the development on our own because I think if you get into too much consensus view right in the beginning, then it becomes a bit of a challenge. We’re quite happy that we want to develop this completely on our own, go with our own conviction and go to somebody who buys in into our vision rather than being a bit of a mishmash of everyone. Because the minute you get into development funding then it becomes just too many people in the room.

A valuable addition to a rock-solid team of RSVP and Global One Studios is Richie Mehta. The series based on the book that has been around since 1997 will be its imprint on screen. The series, which is likely to consist of six to eight one-hour episodes, is in development and will commence production in early 2022. RSVP’s Sanaya Irani Zohrabi, Krishnamoorthy and Mehta will serve as executive producers. Shaun Mehta will be co-writing the series.

RSVP’s upcoming projects includes ‘Pippa’, ‘Sitara’, ‘The Immortal Ashwatthama’ and ‘Tejas’.

I am definitely looking forward to this one and sure can’t wait to see what the makers have in store for us!