Pashmina, Nidhi Chanani’s coming-of-age debut about a first-generation Indian American girl who uses the pashmina to explore her family’s roots, will get its turn on the big screen, courtesy of Netflix and Hyde Park Films.
The company has tapped Gurinder Chadha (Bend It Like Beckham, Blinded by the Light), writing partner Paul Mayeda Berges and Hyde Park Entertainment lead Ashok Amritraj to turn the bestselling graphic novel into a CG-animated musical. Priya Amritaj, Addison Mehr, Berges and Chanani will executive produce the film.
The story also addresses the conflicts of growing up American while embracing Indian culture and feminism.
“When our hero, Priyanka, puts on the magical pashmina for the first time and is transported to the India of her dreams, that’s when the fun, the magic, the song and the dancing really come to life,” says Chadha.
Pashmina received several awards, including Amazon’s Top Twenty Children’s Book of the Year, the Virginia Library Association’s Graphic Diversity Award and the 2018 South Asian Book Award.
Melissa Cobb, VP of kids and family at Netflix, had this to say about the bestseller:
“Pashmina connects three generations of women across two contents in a timely story that we hope will resonate with family audiences around the world on Netflix.”
In addition to Pashmina, which does not yet have a release date, the company will release Justin Antin’s CG-animated Pachamama in June and Sergio Pablos’ 2D-animated Kalus in November.