How Israeli director Gideon Raff became a Priyanka Chopra fan

News Agencies | First published: 26 October 2016, 12:36 IST

Israeli director Gideon Raff has heaped praise on the "absolutely wonderful" Priyanka Chopra, who is making waves in the West with Quantico. He says he enjoyed directing her for one of the episodes of the American TV show.

Raff, best known for Israeli TV drama Hatufim and its acclaimed US adaptation, Homeland, spoke about TV trends and more during a panel discussion at the Jio MAMI 18th Mumbai Film Festival with Star on 25 October.

"I directed an episode of Quantico. I had fun directing Priyanka. She is absolutely wonderful," said Raff.

He also stressed on the importance of reinventing series so that people don't lose interest.

Filmmaker Nikkhil Advani, who is coming up with POW Bandi Yuddh Ke!, an Indian adaptation of Hatufim, said: "For me, there are plus and minus sides to it. The hardest thing is the writing process. How do you start from zero and then build it? When you have something to start from, it really helps."

"For us as the writing team, because we had Hatufim which is so universally relevant as an emotion, half of the battle has been won over there. The minus side is, if Gideon watches one episode and says 'You just messed it up!' So, there is a responsibility."

But Gideon is simply happy that his show is getting numerous versions.