It was announced last year that Jemima Goldsmith would be writing and producing her first romantic-comedy – under the banner of her company Instinct Production – titled What’s Love Got To Do With It? Reports further added that she was to collaborate with Indian film-maker Shekhar Kapur on the film, which would be his first since the 2007 Oscar-winner Elizabeth: The Golden Age.
Now, it has been confirmed that the film is not only in the making, but is also being directed by Kapur with a star-studded cast. Joining the existing lineup of Lily James (Yesterday), Shazad Latif (Departure) and Emma Thompson (Last Christmas) are British actors Rob Brydon (The Trip to Greece) and Asim Chaudhry (Wonder Woman 1984), along with Pakistani star Sajal Ali (Mom) and veteran Indian actor and activist Shabana Azmi (Kaali Khuhi), reported Variety.
The internet was abuzz on Friday after BBC Asian Network reporter Haroon Rashid confirmed Aly’s presence. The project would mark her second international big screen venture, with the first being Mom. Now, many are celebrating Azmi’s addition, albeit, roles of both the actors have not been defined yet. Deadline had previously elucidated that the film would see James, Latif and Thompson in the lead.
Two weeks ago, it was reported that Azmi had fled to London for an international project, despite there being a travel ban, reported Bollywood Hungama. Since London was under lockdown again after the upsurge of a new strain of the coronavirus, flights between India and the UK had been cancelled and Azmi who, was committed to doing the project, almost stayed back.