The Slumdog effect: British filmmakers for Indian themes
The success of Slumdog Millionaire has inspired a number of British film makers to look out for Indian themes.
The film ‘Indian Summer’ is being filmed on location in the subcontinent and tells the story of the last days of colonial rule and is directed by Joe Wright, who had a period-drama hit with Ian McEwan’s ‘Atonment’.
NRI filmmaker Gurinder Chadha, who directed the box office hit ‘Bend It Like Beckham’ in 2002, is currently making ‘It’s Wonderful Afterlife’, a film set in London. It stars versatile Bollywood actress Shabana Azmi and is a comedy about a British Asian mother’s attempts to marry off her daughter, which leads to a bout of serial killing.
‘Blame it on the Bhangra’ is another comedy about a British Asian girl trying to break into the macho world of bhangra dancing. It is being developed by Origin Pictures, which is run by former head of BBC films David Thompson. He is co-producing it with the ‘BBC’.