TV series on ‘Koh-i-noor’ diamond set to hit the screen. Here’s everything you need to know

It is believed that the jewel was 'ceded to Queen Victoria' during the British colonization of Punjab in 1849.

Popular Bollywood actor and producer Koel Purie Rinchet intends to bring the story of one of the world’s most sought-after jewels, the ‘Koh-i-Noor’ diamond, to your television screens.

This famous diamond wreaked untold devastation as it was viciously ripped from one royal hand to another. It ended up in its final home, the Tower of London, after being snatched from the hands of its last owner, a nine-year-old Maharaja.

Europeans have a history of looting several wealthy cities during their colonial conquest, and Koh-i-Noor, one of the most legendary jewels stolen from sub-continental countries (now India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh), is a complete story in itself.

The story

The said television series will be centered on ‘Koh-i-Noor: History of the World’s Most Infamous Diamond’, a non-fiction book that talks about the jewel’s historic background. Historian William Dalrymple and journalist Anita Anand collectively wrote it and it was published by Bloomsbury Publishers in 2017.

Apart from shedding light on the coveted jewel’s history, the book also charts different myths surrounding the famous diamond.

Koh-I-Noor passed through the hands of several notable conquerors and rules including Mughal princes, Iranian warriors, Afghan rulers, and Punjabi Maharajas before it was looted by the British and became a part of the crowns jewels.

It is believed that the jewel was ‘ceded to Queen Victoria’ during the British colonization of Punjab in 1849.

Apart from Koel Purie Rinchett, LA-based producer Raquel Carreras, and Mumbai-based producer Kamayani Punia, British star literary legend David Godwin is also part of the project.

As per Deadline, the three producers are presently interviewing possible writers and show-runners for the plan.

“The international TV and webspace have never witnessed a historical story of this magnitude, where bloodshed, love, sex, intrigue, beauty, and cruelty all come together to create a layered narrative… This story, rooted in South Asia and traversing countries like Afghanistan and Iran, has a unique international appeal. It is a timely story of greed, power, and appropriation, regardless of cost.”

William Dalrymple formerly wrote and directed the TV series “Stones of the Raj and Indian Journeys.” He also received the Grierson Award for Best Documentary Series in 2002 for the show.

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