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07-06-2012, 03:06 AM #1
Saif Ali Khan to essay the role of Jawaharlal NehruSaif Ali Khan is riding high on his professional front. His forthcoming ‘****tail’ is yet to hit the screens but has already impressed the critics with its trailers. And now, Saif is all set to play the role of Jawaharlal Nehru in Britain-based Indian filmmaker, Gurinder Chadha’s partition film. Actor Naseeruddin Shah has been approached to play the role of Muhammad Ali Jinnah and Shah has already given a nod for the role.
“It is a huge canvas requiring tonnes and tonnes of research and scores of characters. I’ve spoken to some people including Naseer and Saif. Nehru’s role is a cameo, so I wonder if Saif would be willing to do it,” Gurinder said on phone from London.
The film will be shot in Delhi and Jodhpur. “I’ve already acquired the necessary permission to shoot everywhere in India including Rashtrapati Bhavan. So I am all set. I don’t have to shoot in Pakistan at all. This would be my ultimate dream project and I can’t wait for it to take off,” said Gurinder adding, “This is my biggest challenge to date. I’ve been working on my partition film for some time now. The central character is Lord Mountbatten. The movie is set in January 1947 when Mountbatten was asked to oversee India and the movie ends in August 1947, so it’s a brief time span”.
The film will go on floor this October.
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