Bollywood star Madhuri Dixit to play former Indian PM Indira Gandhi
Former Bollywood queen Madhuri Dixit will play Indira Gandhi, India's first and only female prime minister, in a biopic, according to reports in the Indian media.
Published: 4:51PM GMT 20 Nov 2009
Madhuri Dixit in the 2007 film Aaja Nachle Photo: YASHRAJFILMS
Mother: The Indira Gandhi Story will be directed by Asian-American filmmaker Krishna Shah with filming scheduled to start in mid 2010.
"I have followed Indira Gandhi's life through media, books and critics. It's such an exciting and dramatic story. I want the future generation to know her story. A whole new generation has grown and matured since her assassination and through this film I hope to connect people with their history and legacy," Shah said in a press release.
Apart from Dixit, who was Bollywood's top heroine in the late 80s and 90s, actors Dharmendra, Abhay Deol and Nana Patekar have been approached to play Motilal Nehru (Indira's grandfather), Rajiv Gandhi (her son) and politician Jayaprakash Narayan respectively.
Hollywood stars Tom Hanks and Tommy Lee Jones have also been reportedly approached for the roles of US presidents Lyndon Baines Johnson and Richard Nixon.
The film will be made in two parts and will be shot in India, US, Pakistan and Russia. The first part will cover the period from her birth to the war against Pakistan in 1971 while the second will deal with her political career and the controversial rise of her son Sanjay Gandhi upto her assassination in 1984.
Shah is best-known for his ‘crossover’ 1978 thriller Shalimar starring Rex Harrison alongside Dharmendra and Zeenat Aman.