Film on death of Cafe Coffee Day founder in the works
VG Siddhartha went missing in 2019 and his body was found ashore two days later in Karnataka's Netravati river
T Series and Almighty Motion Picture in association with Karma Media Entertainment has acquired the adaptation rights of the upcoming book, Coffee King: The Swift Rise and Sudden Death of Cafe Coffee Day Founder V. G. Siddhartha.
The book has been written by investigative journalists Rukmini BR and Prosenjit Datta and will be published by Pan Macmillan (India).
Hailing from Bangalore, V. G. Siddhartha founded Café Coffee Day in 1996. He was the chain's chairman and managing director for 23 years. He went missing on July 29 in 2019 and his body was found ashore two days later in Karnataka's Netravati river. Forensic reports later confirmed his death by suicide. A letter, apparently written by Siddhartha and addressing his family and shareholders, was also found.
Bhushan Kumar, Chairman & Managing Director, T-Series, said, “Everyone is acquainted about Cafe Coffee Day as a brand, we are quite ecstatic to bring this intriguing biopic of the man who co-founded the country’s largest retail-chain.”
Co-writer of the book, Rukmini BR, added, “Siddhartha's story is filled with thrilling twists and turns in every stage of his life. Almighty Motion Picture's track record of bringing complex human stories to screen makes this adaptation an exciting proposition for us.”