Sherlock Goes to Bollywood

Holmes Away from Home: Anil Kapoor (Slumdog Millionaire) could be the next Sherlock.
Sherlock has seen a few different incarnations lately. I’m mostly thinking about the modernization with the wonderful Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock and the action hero we see in Robert Downey Jr.’s Holmes and soon Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu will enter the Sherlock universe. But there’s one more new Sherlock that will join the ranks—Indian Sherlock.

While the movie so far is being called The Indian Sherlock it’s looking more like Sherlock-esque detecting in modern India. The way the character is described he’s not really going to be anything like the Sherlock we’ve come to know and love—quite the opposite. According to a NY Daily News article our Indian Sherlock, Vish Puri, is “portly, persistent and unmistakably Punjabi.”

Now to some, that name might sound familiar. That’s because he is. The screenplay for The Indian Sherlock, is based on the novels by Tarquin Hall.

The man producers hope to play Vish Puri, Anil Kapoor, is a semi-familiar face outside of the Indian film industry as he was in 2008’s Slumdog Millionaire. Anand Tucker is the director behind The Indian Sherlock and is equally familiar to American audiences as he directed Leap Year and Shop Girl a few years back.

There seem to be a lot of variables still up in the air about this particular Sherlock movie, but it’s definitely got us thinking! What about you? What do you think about a Holmes away from Baker Street?

Jennifer Proffitt is a Midwest transplant to New York City. She spends most of her time reading and writing about romance and watching crime shows, but you can follow her other adventures on Twitter @JennProffitt.

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