Bollywood and Hollywood to unite on Indira Gandhi epic

From the Telegraph, London:

Bollywood and Hollywood are to collaborate on a major two-part epic on the scale of Lord Attenborough’s Gandhi telling the life story of Indira Gandhi.

The biopic of the former prime minister of India who was assassinated in 1984 has a budget of £40 million and an international cast and crew.

Helen Mirren is in talks to reprise her role as Queen Elizabeth II for the two films which are due to start filming in April next year in India, UK, Russia and the US.

Tom Hanks and Tommy Lee Jones are being lined up to play Lyndon B Johnson and Richard Nixon. British actress Emily Watson has been chosen to play Margaret Thatcher, while Albert Finney is expected to take the role of Peter Ustinov, who was in New Delhi waiting to meet the Indian leader when she was killed.

The “Queen of Bollywood”, Madhuri Dixit, has been picked to play the title role in Mother: The Indira Gandhi Story. More:

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