William Dalrymple's 2002 book White Mughals, the love story of an East India Company's officer and a Hyderabadi princess, is being adapted for the silver screen by Oscar-winning scriptwriter Christopher James Hampton.
"The book which is currently being adapted is White Mughals, which being a love story is more suited to be made into a film. It's in the initialising stages and the title will most likely be retained as White Mughals," Dalrymple said.
"The same screen writer who did Atonement, Christopher James Hampton, which won an Oscar last year, is working on the script. The cast is undecided yet," he added.
The book depicts the 18th century love story between East India Company resident of Hyderabad, Captain James Achilles Kirkpatrick and Khair-un-Nissa, a Hyderabadi noblewoman of royal Persian descent. Kirkpatrick converted to Islam to marry Khair-un-Nissa.
Through his book, Dalrymple traces the warm relationship that existed between the British and Indians in the 18th century and how the racial dialogue between the two civilisations was broken by the concept of colonial superiority.
The 44-year-old Scotland-born writer, who moved to Delhi in 1989, rose to fame with his much acclaimed travelogue City of Djinns (1993), a product of his six years of research, tracing the Capital city's exotic past and its present state.