Freida Pinto to star in & produce series on British spy Noor Inayat Khan

Amrita Tanna

Senior Editor


A series based on Shrabani Basu’s book ‘Spy Princess: The Life of Noor Inayat Khan’ is apparently on the cards and news has it that Freida Pinto will be playing the titular role and be executive producing the project.

“She was a fierce and amazing woman, the most unlikely heroine of World War 2,” said Pinto, according to Deadline.

She added, “Sending women to the front line is controversial even now. Then it was unthinkable. Sending a Sufi mystic, who won’t use a gun, daughter of a long-haired Indian Guru who preaches love and peace – ridiculous! But Noor thrives, not in spite of her differences, but because of them. Her struggle to reconcile her values with the desire to find her own path and with her complex sense of duty, is something I am so excited to explore and to recreate”.

Writer Olivia Hetreed will be adapting the book into the series and author Basu will be consultant. Hetreed stated, “At a time when conflicts about race, identity and patriotism have a new and frightening energy, Noor’s character and her nail-biting story of hair’s-breadth escapes and life and death choices, offer us the picture of a heroine who defies every prejudice and stereotype”.

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