Slumdog Millionaire’s resurgence for Anglo-Indian productions

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After the success of “Slumdog Millionaire” we can expect the green light on future Indian-Anglo projects, starting with British director, Gurinder Chadha, who has a series of projects financed through Indian equity, the U.K. tax credit, and a French bank. First up is “It’s a Wonderful Afterlife,” which Chadha describes as “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” meets “Shaun of the Dead,” and follows a British-Asian mother whose obsession to marry off her daughter comically leads to serial murder. Actress Shabana Azmi (Fire) is set to play the lead along with newcomer Goldy Notay, Sanjeev Bhaskar (“The Kumars at No.42), Shaneen Khan (“Bend It Like Beckham”), and Sendhil Ramamurthy (“Heroes”). The film is co-produced with Chadha’s own Bend It Films and is co-written with husband Paul Berges.

The couple collaborated on Chadha’s 2002 success, “Bend It Like Beckham,” 2004’s “Bride and Prejudice,” as well as last years “Angus, Thongs, and Perfect Snogging.” Next up are two projects set in India and another in Britain and is set around people who have moved from one place to another, with the comedy that is derived from multi-generational cultural differences. Chadha herself is Kenyan born and south London raised, her husband is Japanese-American.

Indian-Anglo relations is nothing new on film, from upper class Brits in David Lean’s 1984“Passage To India,” to Stephen Frears 1985 “My Beautiful Laundrette,” and Chadha’s “Bend It Like Beckham.” 

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