7 March 2013 2:58 AM, PST | BollywoodHungama | See recent BollywoodHungama news »

The Bend It Like Beckham director Gurinder Chadha is currently in New Delhi on a clandestine trip to research on her next project which would be based on the months before the partition of India into two countries in 1947.

While the cast and other details are yet to be finalized, we learn that Saif Ali Khan is the serious and most likely contender for the role of Jawaharlal Nehru. However the film's central character is Lord Mountbatten and the film recreates the final months of the British statesman's stay in India.

Last week, Gurinder, who is from Punjab, became the first filmmaker to get a bird's eye view of the entire Rashtrapati Bhavan. Apparently, the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his wife invited Gurinder into their inaccessible home, so she could portray her Partition film truthfully.

Says a friend of the director, "Gurinder's film needs to recreate the Rashtrapati Bhavan, »


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