Hit Israeli Show 'Fauda' Set for Indian Remake Tuned to Conflict With Pakistan

The adaptation of the thriller, which follows a counterterrorism unit operating in the West Bank, is expected to be released in 2020

A scene from "Fauda."
Ronen Akerman / Netflix / AP

The popular Israeli show "Fauda" is in for an Indian remake, tuned to the ongoing conflict between India and Pakistan, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The site published Thursday that Mumbai-based Applause Entertainment is partnering with Yes Studios for the adaptation slated for release by the end of 2020.   

The original series follows an elite Shin Bet counterterrorism unit that operates undercover in the West Bank, with the first season focusing on show co-creator Lior Raz's character Doron Kavillio as he returns from retirement to execute notorious Hamas commander Tawfiq Hamed.

"'Fauda' has the potential to be well-developed in the context of India and Pakistan as the show is about people on both sides of the conflict," Applause Entertainment CEO Sameer Nair told The Hollywood Reporter.

"Reality is often stranger than fiction, and is rarely black and white. 'Fauda' is an effort to represent this grey state of conflict," Nair added. 

"Fauda" won most of the prestigious categories in the Israeli equivalent of the Emmys, taking home awards for best TV drama, best actor for Raz, as well as awards for best directing, screenplay, art direction, costuming, casting and more.

The New York Times named "Fauda" its best international show of 2017. The series also faced backlash from the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement, which demanded that Netflix drop the show for "legitimizing war crimes."

"'Fauda' has been an integral part of our professional and personal lives and we’re extremely excited that it is being remade for another country and language," co-creator Avi Issacharoff said in a statement accoding to The Hollywood Reporter. 

"'Fauda' is extremely authentic and real. I’m sure Indian audiences will be enthralled by the realistic and detailed world created in this carefully thought-out adaptation," Raz told the site.