‘Gangs of Wasseypur’ actress Huma Qureshi is to join British director Gurinder Chadha’s India-set period epic Viceroy’s House, according to reports.
The 29-year-old actress, who celebrated her birthday on Tuesday, joins a star-studded international cast which includes Downton Abbey star Hugh Bonnevillle and The X-Files actress Gillian Anderson in the film which is set during the Partition of India.
The film will chart life inside the magnificent Viceroy’s House in Delhi in the momentous days and weeks in the run up to the bloody bifurcation of the sub-continent in August 1947.
In the months before Partition, the British statesman Lord Mountbatten assumed the post of the last Viceroy, charged with handing India back to its people.
Mountbatten lived upstairs together with his wife and daughter. Downstairs lived their 5,000 Hindu, Muslim and Sikh servants. As the political elite took their seats upstairs to wrangle over the birth of independent India, conflict erupted throughout the House.
Chadha has written the script for the film alongside her husband Paul Mayeda Berges and award-winning actor and playwright Moira Buffini.
Viceroy’s House is expected to start filming in August and will premier at Cannes 2016.
Qureshi is currently filming just outside London for ‘Zahhak’, a remake of the Hollywood horror ‘Oculus’.