The Girl on the Train is getting a Bollywood remake

Last Updated on August 2, 2021

The Girl on the Train Emily Blunt Tate Taylor

DreamWorks Pictures, the film production label of the Amblin Partners company Steven Spielberg co-founded long ago, has been in business with the India-based company Reliance Entertainment for a decade, and their partnership is now set to result in a Bollywood remake of a film the companies just collaborated on three years ago: director Tate Taylor's THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN.

Based on a novel by Paula Hawkins, THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN starred Emily Blunt in the story of 

Rachel, a London-based alcoholic divorcée who spends her daily commute fantasizing about the seemingly perfect couple who live in a house that her train passes every day, until one morning she sees something shocking happen there and becomes entangled in the mystery that unfolds.

In the Hindi-language remake DreamWorks, Amblin, and Reliance are now working on, Parineeti Chopra will be taking on the lead role. 

Ribhu Dasgupta is attached to direct the film, which will be entirely shot in London. Production is set to begin in July and will wrap by September.

Chopra is looking forward to being the new GIRL ON THE TRAIN because 

I never thought I’d actually be doing a film around a book I’ve read and loved. I relate to the character because I’ve studied and worked in London. It’s my second home."

Reliance Entertainment CEO Shibasish Sarkar had this to say about the project: 

Not only is THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN one of the best psychological thrillers, but also a heartwarming story of the female protagonist and her discovery of life. We have procured the rights of the book and the film and will be adapting it from an Indian storytelling perspective. Amblin will be a partner in this film."

The Bollywood remake, which doesn't yet have a title of its own, will be released sometime in 2020.

I haven't read Hawkins' novel, but I was looking forward to Taylor's film back in 2016 – until its lackluster reviews (like our own Brennan Klein's 6/10 review) killed my enthusiasm. I never did see THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN, but still intend to watch it at some point.

Source: THR

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