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Gurinder Chadha meets Narendra Modi, gets his blessings for Mountbatten project


Our new Prime Minister Narendra Modi seems extremely interested in the arts, especially cinema. Last week we saw him fly to Mumbai specially to attend his fellow party-member Shatrughan Sinha‘s son’s wedding


Now this week on Thursday morning the Prime Minister made time in his busy schedule to meet British-Indian filmmaker Gurinder Chadha with regard to her proposed film on Lord Mountbatten.


Apparently Mr Modi, a keen student of history, wants the bio-pic to project a fair picture of the events that led to the Partition of India into two nations and the hand played by Mountbatten in that historical division.


Says Gurinder, “Yes, I met Mr Modi. He was extremely gracious. He blessed our project. He was very interested to hear my take as a British Indian director on the Partition and Independence.”


Language was apparently a problem since the Prime Minister prefers Hindi while Gurinder is more at home in British angrezi.


Says the acclaimed director, “We spoke for a while. As he prefers to speak in Hindi, I did my best to hold the conversation about the whole film in my own version of the language, a Hindi/punjabi mix!”


Apparently, Mr Modi had a huge laugh over Gurinder’s linguistic efforts.


Says Gurinder, “He was quite amused but appreciated my efforts! I told him I was going to make the sequel to Attenborough’s Gandhi but from my perspective as someone raised abroad but whose grandparents were from Jhelum and Rawalpindi. My co-producer Deepak Nayar was also with us and spoke about his experiences.”

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