News|June 22, 2012 4:29 pm

Saif to play role of Nehru and Naseerudin of Jinha

“Bend it Like Beckham” and “Bride and Prejudice” filmmaker Gurinder Chadha is ready to wear director’s hat yet again.

She will soon start the shooting of her film based on India’s partition and shooting will take place in Delhi and Jodhpur.

Chadha has already roped in Naseerudin for the role of Mohammad Ali Jinha and is keen to sign Saif for the role of Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru.

“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. But (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.

Movie’s central figure is Lord Mountbatten and either of the two Hollywood biggies — Colin Firth or Michael Fassbender – will step in to play the role,

“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,”

she added.