Great news that's currently spreading via the Mumbai Mirror. Nat is part of an exciting new film project that's currently being filmed in India / Rajasthan. The movie's working title is "Swords and Sceptres" and is directed by Swati Bhise. The British-Indian movie tells the true story of Rani Laxmibai, the historic Queen of Jhansi who fiercely led her army against the British East India Company in the infamous mutiny of 1857. The production stars Rupert Everett (Sir Hugh Rose), Arif Zakaria (Gaus Khan), Derek Jacobi (Lord Palmerston) and Nat Parker (Sir Robert Hamilton), Milind Gunaji (Maharaja of Jhansi), Ajinkya Deo (Tatya Tope), while Devika Bhise (Lakshmibai) and Jodhi May (Queen Victoria).

The plot centres on the story of Rani Laxmibai, a queen who, trained in martial arts, sword-fighting and horse-riding, became a key figure of female empowerment and a symbol of resistance against the British during the uprising. The production companies are Cayenne Pepper Productions, which has offices in both Hong Kong and New York which specialises in Indo-centric stories such as its 2015 feature, The Man Who Knew Infinity, Dune Films and Shiv Shakti Productions.

The period epic war-drama features which is planned for release in 2018 is currently being shot for eight weeks in Jodhpur and Jaipur; additional filming will be done in London and Morocco.


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