Mumbai: Shabana Azmi, one of Bollywood's internationally acclaimed stars who has worked with the likes of Shirley MacLaine in 'Madame Sousatzka' and PatrickSwayze in 'The City Of Joy' is now working on the most controversial international project of her career. Shabana stars in 'The Black Prince', the bio-pic on the life of Maharaja Duleep Singh, who was wrenched away from his mother at age of 15 during the British Raj and forcibly brought to Britain where he was converted to Christianity. For many decades Sikh historians have regarded Duleep Singh’s story to be emblematic of Colonial intolerance. The film is now being helmed by US-based Indian actor-director Kavi Raz in Northamptonshire in England.
Another photo as Rani Jinda in The Black Prince pic.twitter.com/s2YVoHdggI— Azmi Shabana (@AzmiShabana) November 10, 2014
Shabana Azmi's look in the filmSpeaking about her role Shabana says, “Maharani Jinda is the driving-force behind Duleep to return to Punjab and take back his land. He was taken away to England by Queen Victoria and turned into a Christian.” She goes on to add, “There is no phone connectivity where we shoot. We have to travel 20 miles for network. I am thoroughly enjoying my time off. I am doing my own cooking and learning on the job, mixing and matching different dishes to suit my own palate.It’s great fun. But I’m missing my mother.”
She joins her husband Javed Akhtar in Paris next week where his poems are being translated into French.
Am shooting 4The Black Prince at Althorp Spencer family estate where Lady Diana grew up. She fascinates me pic.twitter.com/En3CdcAOzI— Azmi Shabana (@AzmiShabana) November 7, 2014