January 20 : Shekhar Kapur is returning as the director of an ambitious project, a Hollywood film starring none other than Academy-award winning British actress Emma Thompson. The director will also reunite with Shabana Azmi in this romantic comedy.
The cross-cultural film is written by Jemima Khan, who was once married to Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan. Besides Emma Thompson, the film also stars Lily James (Baby Driver) and Shazad Latif (Star Trek: Discovery). The film revolves around love and marriage and is set in London and South Asia. Jemima Khan will also co-produce the film under her Instinct Productions banner.
Shekhar Kapur will also reunite with Shabana Azmi in this film. He had directed Shabana in Masoom in 1983. The veteran actress, who was last seen in the Netflix film Kaali Khuhi in 2020, joined the cast that also comprised Pakistani actress Sajal Ali, Shazad Latif, Rob Brydon, and Asim Chaudhry.
While production of the film is in full swing, the team has also kickstarted shooting in London. The veteran director has also started rehearsals with the amazing actor Emma Thompson.
Earlier in an interview, Kapur said while the film is a comedy, it is a story of identities and about hiding behind an identity. It is also about cultural clashes fundamentalism. The film revolves showcases how identities can become tribal, and how tribalism can lead to clashes. The film is about people who adopt identities out of fear of marginalization.
The director is thrilled and considers his good fortune to have worked with the finest Bollywood and Hollywood actors—from Shabana Azmi in Masoom, to Sridevi in Mr India, to Seema Biswas in Bandit Queen, to Cate Blanchett in Elizabeth, to Cate again in Golden Age. And now with Emma Thompson. “Been blessed with the opportunity to work with smartest, most talented, brilliant actresses in the world,” Shekhar tweeted.