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The worlds of Hollywood and Bollywood continue to collide. Priyanka Chopra, of ABC’s Quantico, this summer’s Baywatch movie, and Bollywood star in her own right, is bringing the world of Indian cinema to American TV. Chopra is producing an ABC single-camera sitcom based on the life of Bollywood superstar Madhuri Dixit, who moved from her home in India to Colorado after she married her husband.
The show will be about Dixit’s life in the American suburbs: in the mid-2000s, she moved to a Denver neighborhood following her marriage to cardiologist Shriram Nene. The sitcom will focus on Dixit’s attempts to bring her colorful style to an otherwise dull place full of people who have no idea how big of a star she actually is overseas.
If you don’t normally keep up to date on Hindi cinema news, Madhuri Dixit is essentially the Bollywood Meryl Streep. She’s won six Filmfare Awards and gotten critical praise for her roles in almost every movie she’s been in, including 2002’s Devdas, which screened at the Cannes International Film Festival. In 2008 the Government of India awarded her the Padma Shri, the fourth-highest civilian honor in the country. In 2002 she took a sabbatical from cinema to move to America to raise her family, and in 2007 made her comeback in the musical Aaja Nachle. The Chopra-produced show will focus on those years between 2002 and 2007.
Dixit and her husband are also producing the show, and the pilot writer Sri Rao, former head writer for General Hospital: Night Shift, is a veteran of Bollywood as well. It sounds like this show will be to Hindi cinema in America what Jane the Virgin is to the classic Latin American telenovela.