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Aditi Rao Hydari and Paige Sandhu to headline Indo-British film titled Lioness

Aditi Rao Hydari and Indian-origin British actor Paige Sandhu are set to headline an Indo-British co-production film ‘Lioness’. The official announcement was made on Tuesday at the India Pavilion (which is run under the supervision of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting) at the ongoing Cannes Film Festival.

The film tells the story of two British Punjabi women living in the UK a century apart. Aditi will play Mehak Kaur, an educated, married immigrant woman living in 1990s Southall, on the other hand, Paige Sandhu will play Princess Sophia Duleep Singh who was the Princess of Punjab and Granddaughter of the great Maharaja Ranjit Singh and Goddaughter of Queen Victoria. She was one of the of the key figures in the suffragette movement in UK in 1918.

Speaking about her character, Paige Sandhu said in an official statement, “It’s an honour and a dream come true to be playing Princess Sophia Duleep Singh. I am very humbled to be portraying someone with a legacy such as hers, the work that she did, the lives she helped and the family she came from.”

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Aditi Rao Hyadri plays Mehak Kaur, an educated, married immigrant woman and she was instantly drawn to the story and her character in the film, “I was instantly drawn to the story that brings on screen the life and legacy of an extraordinary woman. It is a story lost in history. While Princess Sophia is a heroine in the true sense of the word, Mehak is an equally strong character whose journey parallels the Lioness’ in the present”.

While Aditi’s role is based on a fictional character ‘Mehek’, Paige Sandhu’s character and story is inspired by real incidents.

Lioness, written and directed by Kajri Babbar, will be produced by Vivek Rangachari, Vaishalli Paatil, Faraz Ahsan, Clare Cahill, and Ajit Pal Singh. The film has received National Film Development Corporation (NFDC) and British Film Institute (BFI) certification.

Suyog Zore


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