Writing Alumna Basu’s Debut Novel Optioned for TV

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20-Mar-17
Deadline reported that The Windfall, the forthcoming debut novel by Writing Program alumna Diksha Basu ’14, has been optioned for television by Paramount TV and Anonymous Content. Shonali Base, an Indian film director whose works include the 2014 film Margarita with a Straw, is set to write and direct the pilot, while Rosalie Swedlin and Doreen Wilcox will serve as executive producers for Anonymous Content as part of its first-look deal with Paramount TV.

The Windfall is set to be published by Crown in late June. According to Deadline, it “tells the story of an Indian couple in Delhi who are suddenly catapulted from their humble middle class origins into massive wealth. When they leave their safe and yet claustrophobic environs of their East Delhi home, and move to a mansion in the plush new suburb of Gurgaon, the family discovers what it means to be nouveau riche in modern India as they struggle to fit in.”

Before attending Columbia to pursue her MFA, Basu studied economics and French at Cornell University. She also has experience as an actress, a subject she wrote about in a 2013 essay in the New York Times, “Failure in Bollywood”. Her nonfiction writing has appeared in such outlets as the BBC, The Rumpus, and Outlook magazine. She also recently taught creative writing in Columbia’s Summer High School Program.

While a television option isn’t a guarantee that an actual series will be produced, Anonymous Content and Paramount TV have a raft of collaborative television projects in the works. They include a series based on the novel The Alienist by Caleb Carr and a series based on Rebecca Traister’s bestselling book All the Single Ladies.
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