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Madhuri Dixit to play Indira Gandhi in biopic

Bollywood actress Madhuri Dixit will play the role of Indira Gandhi in a two-part biopic directed by Indian-origin filmmaker Krishna Shah which may also feature Hollywood actors Tom Hanks and Tommy Lee Jones.

entertainment Updated: Dec 01, 2009 15:29 IST

Madhuri DixitBollywood actress Madhuri Dixit will play the role of Indira Gandhi in a two-part biopic directed by Indian-origin filmmaker Krishna Shah which may also feature Hollywood actors Tom Hanks and Tommy Lee Jones.

According to Shah, Madhuri Dixit has been picked to play the lead role in one of the films titled Mother: The Indira Gandhi Story.

Oscar-winning actress Helen Mirren is in talks to reprise her role as Queen Elizabeth II while Hanks and Jones are being lined up to play Lyndon B Johnson and Richard Nixon.

British actress Emily Watson has been chosen to play Margaret Thatcher and Albert Finney is expected to take the role of Peter Ustinov, who was in New Delhi waiting to meet Gandhi when she was killed.

The film, seen as a major collaboration between Hollywood and Bollywood, will have a budget of 40 million pounds, and are due to begin filming in April in India, UK, Russia and the US, the Daily Telegraph reported.

"This is the project of my life, both in its scale and the subject. I have been working on the script for over two decades and it is simply a story that has to be told. It took me years to find a way into her story, but I found it with her role as a mother both to her family and to a nation with its teeming millions. Indira was India," Shah said.

"The story is of how Indira is a mother in every aspect of her life, and how she used her instincts, compassion and tough love to hold the nation together – ultimately ending with her violent death and martyrdom to the cause of national unity.