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Khan joins the last days of British Indian Empire

IrrfanKhan.jpgIrrfan Khan is set to star in the Joe Wright directed film Indian Summer starring Cate Blanchett and Hugh Grant as Lady and Lord Mountbatten who were the Viceroy of the British Indian Empire in the adaptation of the book by the same name.

Khan is set to play the first Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru, who it is alleged had an affair with Lady Mountbatten during the time he served in the role from 1947 to 1964.

The story is adapted from the Alex von Tunzelmann novel (Amazon.co.uk / Amazon.com) called Indian Summer which will show the last days of colonial rule in India during 1947, looking to the alleged affair between the new Indian Prime Minister and Lady Mountbatten, the wife of Lord Mountbatten the Viceroy of the British Indian Empire.

Cate Blanchett will be playing Lady Edwina Mountbatten with Hugh Grant taking the role of Lord Mountbatten, and Irrfan Khan will be taking the powerful and historically significant role of the Indian Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, according to The Guardian.

It is set to be an interesting film, and will be shot in India by director Joe Wright, but word is that the script has had to be...

”...subject to a stringent vetting process by the Indian authorities...”

What's seems to have happened is that the film seems to have only been given permission if the romantic scenes are heavily toned down or removed altogether.

I can't quite understand if that is to allow the filming to go ahead in India, or if there is Indian production involved that requires the same rules that are applied to Indian films applied here.

I do wonder why they couldn't film the entire story and then provide an Indian only cut of the film, or perhaps I'm missing something?



Hi There.

Recently, Joe Wright revealed to Baz Bamigboye of The Daily Mail that he will NOT direct Indian Summer. He didn't rule it out 100% but it was a striking admission on his part.

Hi Kathy.

Thanks for that, you'll note I've removed the link because it's an interesting aspect to the story and I'm going to write a follow-up to it using your link.


It does look like Joe Wright is off the project, and perhaps for the very reasons I've highlighted, however the film seems to be going ahead.


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