The media is agog with excitement about one of the most
interesting projects of the year, where Aishwarya Rai is going to
play Mumtaz Mahal to the on-screen Mahatma Gandhi, Sir Ben
Kingsley, who will essay the role of Emperor Shah Jahan (for his
home production). The project is to be shot and completed in the
year 2008, on locations in and around the Taj City, Agra and
Fatehpur Sikri. Here are the exclusive details of the project.
As per our Agra based sources, a team of experts has already
inspected/short listed the locations where the shooting is to be
held. They have decided that a major part of the film is to be shot
in that portion of the Agra Fort, where Aurangzeb imprisoned his
father, Shah Jahan, and from where the Emperor used to stare
endlessly at his monument of love (for his beloved queen Mumtaz
Mahal), Taj Mahal.
Another interesting development is that the dusky Bengal beauty
and Bollywood actress, Bipasha Basu is also going to essay an
important role in the film, that of Shajahan's eldest daughter
Jahan Ara Begum, who looked after her father during his
imprisonment. In fact, she was the only one who was allowed to
An important thing to note is that though Sir Ben Kingsley has
already spoken to Aishwarya Bachchan about the project, during the
shooting of The Last Legion, a formal confirmation is
still awaited from the Bachchans about the same.