R K Laxman's Servants of India to be adapted into webseries 'with a contemporary twist' by Vishesh Bhatt

RK Laxman's Servants of India will be adapted by Vishesh Bhatt to suit the contemporary milieu, he said in a statement.

FP Staff December 25, 2018 12:50:32 IST
R K Laxman's Servants of India to be adapted into webseries 'with a contemporary twist' by Vishesh Bhatt

R K Laxman's Servants of India will get the digital treatment as Vishesh Bhatt will be adapting the celebrated cartoonist's popular collection into a web series, Mid-Day informed.

R K Laxmans Servants of India to be adapted into webseries with a contemporary twist by Vishesh Bhatt

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Published in 2002, the collection consists of ten comic stories revolving around several domestic workers and their idiosyncrasies — the cook Swami finds his true vocation as a godman, Kumar, who abandons his life as a help to pursue a career in acting, driver Anthony, who earns an extra income by providing life services to strangers and the like. The stories are chronicled by the narrator, Ganesh.

Bhatt said that his aim is to give the characters a contemporary twist to fit into the current milieu. "I am looking forward to bringing his characters to life with a contemporary twist. In this series, every character has a certain idiosyncrasy. Laxman used his trademark wit to fictionalise real people and create characters. He found (people) vulnerable and strange at times," Bhatt was quoted as saying by the tabloid.

He also said that the series will be a satirical drama on the class prejudices prevalent in India.

The team acquired the rights of the collection from RK IPR Management and will also be bringing to life parts of the material that are unpublished.

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