Blanchett film halted over alleged Nehru-Edwina affair
Posted on: 01:44 PM IST Sep 20, 2009
New York: The production of Hollywood movie Indian Summer has reportedly been put on hold and the reason is said to be the portrayal of the relationship between Jawaharlal Nehru, India's first prime minister, and Lady Edwina Mountbatten, wife of the last British viceroy of India.
According to reports, India government officials have asked to scrutinise the script to review how the Nehru-Edwina affair will be played out.
Based on Alex von Tunzelmann's book Indian Summer: The Secret History of the End of an Empire, the film will reportedly follow the important events during India's Independence, said a press statement.
Filming starts early next year. Oscar winner Cate Blanchett will reportedly play Edwina in this upcoming movie, which will portray the last days of British rule in India and Hugh Grant is also expected to star in the movie.
To be released in 2011, this Universal Pictures drama will be reportedly directed by Joe Wright and written by Oscar nominated William Nicholson, and will show last British Viceroy Lord Mountbatten handing over power during the summer of 1947 to Nehru.
Mountbatten's daughter Pamela also wrote about Nehru's relationship with her mother in her memoir India Remembered.
Richard Hough's biography Mountbatten: Hero of Our Times also talks about this affair.