In another example of how the growing demand for content for OTT platforms is energizing the content industry in India, Tanushree Podder and Roli Book’s novel Boots, Belts, Berets, which was published way back in 2008, will find another lease of life – this time as a web series, which Viacom18 Studio’s digital content arm Tipping Point will produce.
The story should make for an emotional voyage across the challenges of NDA training life along with the biggest strengths in adversity – friendship and camaraderie. It will re-construct the life mapped out by the author at the National Defence Academy (NDA), where boys become men of honour.
The story will be placed in the National Defense Army, and will job the journey of four friends Pessi, Bertie, Randy and Maachh, who are thrown from their sheltered life into the whirlwind of the stringent regimen and endless Puttie Parades. Gliding through the unpolished tough life, these comrades-in-arms accept life beyond the rugged training and severe ragging, and thereby discover a bond for life.
(Lovers of good writing will recall Leon Uris’s brilliant Battle Cry, the book about adolescent young teenagers being conscripted into the US Army, and thrown into the deep end)
Ajit Andhare, COO, Viacom18 Studios, said, “Tipping Point seeks out narratives that are missing in the mainstream. We produced 12 Short Films that were received very well by viewers owing to their quirky and novel concepts. With this brand-new web-series Boots, Belts, Berets, we maintain our proposition to produce standout contemporary content that will shock, awe or warm the heart.”
The delighted author, Tanushree Podder, said, “I am thrilled that Boots Belts Berets is being adapted into a web series. There’s nothing more exciting for an author than to know that the story will be reaching many more people. It’s a dream come true.”
Priya Kapoor, Director at Roli Books, said, “We are delighted that Tanushree’s book is going to be adapted into a web series. Her immensely readable books have enjoyed a large readership and a web series would only expand her audience.”