Hitting a high note with Taj and Jubilee series, actress Aditi Rao Hydari bags an Indo-British co-production titled Lioness, also starring Paige Sandhu, who won accolades for her performance in soap Emmerdale.
Lioness is written-directed by award-winning film-maker Kajri Babbar. The film - an Indo-UK co-production - was officially announced today at India Pavilion, managed by FICCI under the aegis of Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at the ongoing #CannesFilmFestival.
The film - inspired by the research of Peter Bance - the historian who discovered the story of Princess Sophia Duleep - is the story of two British-Punjabi women living in UK, a century apart.
One story is based on a historical figure, Princess Sophia Duleep Singh, the Princess of Punjab and Goddaughter of Queen Victoria, who was one of the key leaders of the suffragette movement in the UK.
The second fictional storyline revolves around an educated, married immigrant woman, Mehak, living in Southall, a suburb of London, in the 1990s.
Peter is also one of the executive producers on the film. Produced by Vivek Rangachari, Vaishalli Paatil, Faraz Ahsan, Clare Cahill and Ajit Pal Singh, the film has been certified by National Film Development Corporation [NFDC] and British Film Institute [BFI].
Apart from Lioness, actress Aditi Rao Hydari is also part of Heeramandi, a Netflix original helmed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, also starring Sonakshi Sinha, Richa Chaddha, Sanjeeda Sheikh, Manisha Koirala and Sharmin Segal.