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Disney Commissions Gurinder Chadha For First Indian Princess Musical

Disney Commissions Gurinder Chadha For First Indian Princess Musical

Disney Commissions Gurinder Chadha For First Indian Princess Musical

The Disney Princess franchise is all set to go desi with its first Indian princess. According to Deadline, the “Bride and Prejudice” director Gurinder Chadha has been commissioned by the House of Mouse to direct and produce the original musical film.

The film’s production team will also be joined by “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” producer Lindy Goldstein and will be co-written by Chadha and Paul Mayeda Berges.

In continuation to the report, Sean Bailey, the President of the Walt Disney Motion Picture Production will be heading the project. However, the film’s plot details are yet to be disclosed.

Chadha, who owns Bend It Films, has produced films that have collected more than $300 million USD at the global box office. She has also been nominated for the BAFTA Award twice, firstly for her debut film “Bhaji on the Beach” and secondly for “Bend It Like Beckham.”

Gurinder Chadha, the English film director of Kenyan Asian origin, explores the lives of South Asians living in England. The common theme in her work showcases the trials of South Asian women living in England and how they must reconcile their converging traditional and modern cultures. Although many of her films seem like simple quirky comedies, they actually address many social and emotional issues, especially ones faced by immigrants caught between two worlds.

“Bend It Like Beckham” was the highest-grossing British-financed and distributed film ever at the UK box office (at the time of release) and topped box office charts internationally, grossing over $76 million.

Her other remarkable movies include “Bride & Prejudice”, a film that marries Jane Austen with Indian and Western musicals, which was the first film ever to open at #1 in the UK and India on the same day; “It’s a Wonderful Afterlife”, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival before releasing internationally in 2010; and “Viceroy’s House”, an epic drama on Indian independence and partition, starring Manish Dayal and Huma Qureshi.

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