Chadha’s great launchpad for Huma Qureshi
Indo-British filmmaker Gurinder Chadha (above) says her upcoming historical-drama Viceroy’s House will be a great launchpad for Bollywood actor Huma Qureshi (left) in the international film world. The movie also stars English actor Hugh Bonneville as Lord Mountbatten — the last Viceroy of British India — Gillian Anderson and Om Puri, among others.
“Huma is a great actress. And with Viceroy’s House, she will get a great launch in global cinema. For the role, she had to ditch her Mumbaiya accent and get into the prim and proper British one,” Gurinder said at a recent event.
Shot in India, the film will chronicle the inside life of the Viceroy’s House during the partition in 1947. “The film is set in 1947 and will be about India’s independence from a British perspective. It’s in the editing stage in London right now,” the 55-yearold filmmaker said.
Chadha’s film, which will hit the theatres in 2016, comes six years after her last venture, the comedy film It’s a Wonderful Afterlife (2010).