Big Bang Theory’s Kunal Nayyar attached; Icon takes UK rights.

Icon Film Distribution has taken UK rights to director Frederik Du Chau’s live action family film A Bollywoof Tale from Independent.

The film tells the story of Basil, a much-loved pet Spaniel, with a comfortable family life in London, who is set to move with his human family to Delhi. However when his crate is misplaced at Heathrow, Basil arrives alone on the other side of India in Kolkata.

With the help of a cunning street dog, Santoosh, and a Holy cow, Uma, Basil sets off on a whirlwind adventure across India in the hope of re-uniting with his family.

Kunal Nayyar from hit TV series Big Bang Theory is newly attached to play the part of Santoosh.

The UK deal was negotiated by Abigail Walsh for Independent and Ben Friedman for Icon Film Distribution.

Producer Jason Newmark (Triangle) developed Stephen Leslie’s script with the BFI. Nisha Parti (Honour) is also set to produce.

The film will be shot as live action in London and India in the first quarter 2015. 

Independent will be shopping the family film at the AFM. Also on the company’s AFM slate are What We Did On Our Holiday and Hyena.