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Disney movie based on Indian princess will be directed by Gurinder Chadha

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  • An original musical movie, allegedly about a “dynamic princess” from Indian history, will be directed by Gurinder Chadha and Paul Mayeda Berges.

The Disney brand is about embracing Indian culture. Gurinder Chadha, the director of Bride and Prejudice, and Paul Mayeda Berges, the screenwriter, will all take the helm of an original musical film that will reportedly be about a “dynamic princess” from Indian history.

For her work on Bend, It Like Beckham, and her feature debut, Bhaji on the Beach, Gurinder Chadha has been nominated for two BAFTA awards. 

What’s Cooking, Gurinder Chadha’s follow-up movie, opened the 2000 Sundance Film Festival and was the 1st British script to be taken into the Writer’s Lab of the Sundance Institute.

Gurinder’s Disney musical hasn’t been given any additional information yet, but according to Deadline, Sean Bailey, president of Walt Disney Motion Picture Production, will oversee the project. 

Through her company, Lindy Goldstein Production, the producer of “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms,” will also be a part of the production team.

Disney movie based on Indian princess will be directed by Gurinder Chadha
Disney movie based on Indian princess will be directed by Gurinder Chadha

At the moment of its release, Bend It Like Beckham was the highest-grossing British-financed and -distributed film ever at the UK box office, thanks in large part to the pivotal roles played by Parminder Nagra as well as Keira Knightley. 

Bend It Like Beckham received nominations for Best British Film at the BAFTAs, Best Picture (Musical or Comedy) at the Golden Globes, and also Best Original Script at the Writers Guild of America.

At the box office, her production company Bend It Films has brought in more than $300 million USD. In 2015, the stage musical adaption of Bend It Like Beckham was introduced by Paul Mayeda Berges and Gurinder Chadha to rave reviews in London’s West End. 

Her most recent movie, Blinded By The Light, about 16-year-old Pakistani boy Javed growing up in Margaret Thatcher’s England in 1987, was bought at the Sundance Film Festival for a whopping $15 million.

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