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Indian Summer dropped over Nehru's love life

By: By: Shekhar H Hooli
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image-22-cate-blanchett-221009.jpg www.filmibeat.com}The much-hyped Hollywood movie Indian Summer has been cancelled due to spiralling costs and battle between the Indian government and the Hollywood studio. The movie was to be made on a controversial subject the Edwina Mountbatten-Jawaharlal Nehru romance.

Earlier, the Indian government had voiced its concerns over the plot of the movie Indian Summer. The government had given permission for shooting the film only if physically intimate scenes were removed. Filmmaker Joe Wright told Variety, “We were in between a rock and a hard place. The Indian government wanted us to make less of the love story while the studio wanted us to make more of the love story."

Meanwhile, the sources close to Universal Pictures studio claim that the reason behind shelving the project was completely financial. The movie postponed the plans of shooting because of the scale of the budget, which was thought to be between $30 million (Rs 138 crore) and $40 million (Rs 184 crore). And the available budget for making this film was not sufficient.

Starring Hugh Grant and Cate Blanchett as Lord and Edwina Mountbatten, the movie was an adaptation of British historian Alex von Tunzelmann's 2007 book Indian Summer: The Secret History of the End of an Empire'. American director Joe Wright was to begin filming in early 2010.

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