Jackie Shroff to star in desi version of Criminal Justice

Actor Jackie Shroff has been roped in for the Indian adaptation of Criminal Justice, a British television drama produced by the BBC and first shown in 2008. Shroff will be joined by Vikrant Massey, Pankaj Tripathi, Mita Vashisht and Anupriya Goenka.

The Indian version of Criminal Justice will be helmed by Tigmanshu Dhulia and produced by BBC Studios India.

“The day Shridhar (Raghavan, known for his work in Khakee and Chandni Chowk to China) narrated the script and my role…, I knew this was it! The script brought out a host of emotions in me and I hope it does that to the viewers, too.

“It is mysterious, heart-pounding, unpredictable, thrilling and keeps you hooked and on the edge of the seat waiting for answers you thought you knew,” he added.

Criminal Justice has been adapted for the US as The Night Of and stars John Turturro and Riz Ahmed.

Dhulia says the story “engulfs you and preserves the mystery by withholding information and keeping you in the lurch, gasping for more”.

“It constantly undermines what we think we know and makes one question every single thing one sees,” he added.

Talking about the project, Massey said he was ecstatic to be a part of the project. “I have been a huge fan of the original series. What I liked most about my role, was the intensity of the character.

“And with an outstanding director like Tigmanshu behind the camera, I am looking forward to seeing this character unfold,” added the actor.