Rainbox Studios acquires adaptation rights of Sahir Ludhianvi’s biography

The studio will bring alive the story of one of the celebrated songwriters for his centenary year in 2021

e4m by exchange4media Staff
Updated: Feb 19, 2020 4:45 PM

Rainbox Studios, a division of Rainshine Entertainment, has acquired the book adaptation rights for ‘Sahir Ludhianvi: The People’s Poet’.

Penned by author Akshay Manwani and published by Harper Collins, the biography covers Sahir’s journey from his childhood to the point where he became India’s most celebrated songwriter. With hit songs in films like Pyaasa, Naya Daur, and Phir Subah Hogi, his work is truly exemplary.

Sahir was awarded multiple Filmfare Awards for his work in movies like Taj Mahal and Kabhi Kabhie. His work in the latter film is said to have transformed the image of Amitabh Bachchan from an angry young man to a romantic actor.

Munnish Puri, Founder & CEO of Rainbox Studios, said, “Rainbox Studios is committed to creating iconic content with high production values, which is driven by unique creative expression and differentiated storytelling. As we approach Sahir Ludhianvi’s centenary year (8 March, 2021), we are keen to share how even a troubled childhood does not limit reaching one’s inner dreams, and how his life story is not only timeless but also an inspiration for the youth.”

Akshay Manwani, the author of the book, said, “The People’s Poet is the most intimate and thorough real-life story of Sahir Ludhianvi. It explores the various facets of a remarkable personality, who continues to enthrall his fans, film enthusiasts, and poetry lovers to this day. The decision to collaborate with Rainbox Studios stemmed from the shared vision of how the enchanting story of this genius should play out for audiences the world over.”

Ananth Padmanabhan, CEO, HarperCollins India, said, “We are delighted that this definitive and enjoyable book on Sahir Ludhianvi by Akshay Manwani will now have a visual life especially since Sahir led such a remarkable and creative life. We can’t wait for Rainbox Studios to adapt this incredible story.”

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