Oplev guarantees that the movie will be a compelling and exciting thriller with complex and interesting characters. "A neo-realistic style to story and images will take the audience deep into Kolkata many different levels. A fascinating clash between American and Indian culture," Oplev said in a statement. Uday Chopra, CEO, YRF Entertainment, is confident that Niels is "the perfect director to transform the appeal of 'Kahaani' to 'Deity'". "Niels has an elevated understanding of both international thrillers and strong female characters and his vision for capturing the vibrancy and energy of contemporary Kolkata will appeal to audiences in the US and worldwide," Chopra said. Ghosh, who directed the original, has hailed the "incredible step" by YRF.
"Years back Aditya Chopra had said he wanted to make ‘Kahaani’ for a global audience… I thought he was kidding. But obviously not. YRF has left no stone unturned on making the English version. The new script is perfectly suited for the Western audience and what I am really looking forward is to see Niels direct this version," he said in a statement. "I'm sure he will bring a unique vision to the Western version," Ghosh added.