Ayush Khedekar, who played the youngest Jamal Malik in Slumdog Millionaire will play a rescued child slave, Iqbal Masih, in a film titled Carpet Boy. The movie, inspired by the true story of a child working as a bonded labourer in a carpet factory in Pakistan, will mark the directorial debut of Giles Nuttgens, the cinematographer of Deepa Mehta’s Earth, Fire and Water.
The film will be shot in India, Canada, the US and Pakistan, in April-May, on a budget of Rs 32 crore. Writer Farrukh Dhondy who wrote Bandit Queen and The Rising, has written the screenplay for Carpet Boy. “It’s a straightforward, story in the genre of Bandit Queen intended for an international audience,” says Dhondy. Written in English and Urdu, the film is expected to release by year-end.