Indian Summer, the proposed Hollywood film about the alleged love affair between Jawaharlal Nehru and Edwina Mountbatten, will not get made.
Reason: the economic slowdown and the curbs suggested by the Indian government.
“We were in between a rock and a hard place,” PTI quoted film director Joe Wright as saying in New York. “The Indian government wanted us to make less of the love story while the studio wanted us to make more of the love story.”
The comments evoked a strong reaction in India.
“We haven’t debarred Universal Studios from making a love story,” said a senior information and broadcasting (I&B) ministry official who did not want to be named. “We’ve asked them to make minor changes in the script as recommended by an expert committee and to add a disclaimer that it’s a work of fiction.”
The ministry had asked the producers to delete four scenes from the film: a kiss between Nehru and Edwina, a dancing scene, Nehru saying ‘I love you’ and a shot of them in bed.
I&B minister Ambika Soni had earlier told HT that the procedure in the case of Indian Summer was the same as the one adopted for other Hollywood films such as the Oscar-winning Slumdog Millionaire.
Another reason for the scrapping of Indian Summer was the reported financial cuts at film studio Universal.
The production of the about $40 million (Rs 180 crore) film — with Hugh Grant as Lord Mountbatten and Kate Blanchett as Edwina — was to start next year.