Madhuri declines, Priyanka to play Indira Gandhi

Priyanka Chopra will enact the role of late PM Indira Gandhi in the biopic to be filmed by Indian origin US filmmaker Krishna Shah. His first choice was veteran actress Madhuri Dixit but she stepped out of the project citing mother-in-law’s illness. After much consideration, Krishna Shah found Priyanka Chopra the right replacement for Madhuri Dixit.

Shah is working on the casting of the film with Academy Award winning make-up artiste Jenny Shircore who thinks that Priyanka would be the perfect face for the powerful character. "Yes, I am in conversation with Jenny who thinks that Priyanka is the one who can fit in the character of Indira, but it will be too premature to talk about casting as we have not approached anybody as yet," Shah said in a statement.

Titled ‘Mother: The Indira Gandhi Story’ is divided into two parts. The first part deals with Indira Gandhi’s life and political career while the second part will look more into her personal life that will speak about his two sons, Rajiv and Sanjay Gandhi.

Actors like Albert Finney, Emily Watson, Tom Hanks and Tommy Lee Jones will play other characters in the film. Shah says that the script has undergone some changes. "The script has been reworked after I got my hands on Richard Nixon’s personal tapes related to the 1971 Bangladesh War. My research has changed the script a lot and now we are looking at casting an appropriate face for Indira Gandhi’s character," said Shah.