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Vigil star Anjli Mohindra to adapt Indian princess’s biography with Urban Myth

British Asian actor and newly established writer Anjli Mohindra has secured a development deal with Urban Myth Films (Extinction, War of the Worlds, Atlantis) to develop BBC presenter Anita Anand’s biography of Princess Sophia Duleep Singh as a series.

Anjli Mohindra (photo: David Reiss)

Urban Myth Films have taken the television rights to journalist and presenter Anand’s biography Sophia: Princess, Suffragette, Revolutionary.

Mohindra (Bodyguard, Sarah Jane Adventures) can currently be seen in BBC1 drama Vigil and recently wrapped filming as a lead character in sci-fi thriller Extinction from Urban Myth Films and writer Joe Barton, which will air on Sky in 2022.

After speculatively writing a pilot entitled The Goddaughter, she is now working with Urban Myth and Barton on adapting Anand’s book, which tells the story of Princess Sophia Duleep Singh, who was goddaughter to Queen Victoria.

After her father was exiled to England by the East India Company, Sophia and her siblings grew up in Suffolk amongst the British aristocracy, but she became a bold and fearless revolutionary, suffragette and social activist after visiting India herself.

Mohindra said: “While statues are being felled around the world, we desperately seek out the truth of our history. I have an immense amount of respect for Anita and I couldn’t put her book down. Sophia Duleep Singh’s real-life story packs a punch and now feels like the right time to bring such a bold and historically game-changing woman centre stage. I’m thrilled to be working with Urban Myth Films who share our extraordinary passion for this incredible South Asian woman.”

Urban Myth Films executive producer Johnny Capps said: “When we read Anita’s book, we couldn’t believe that Sophia’s fascinating story had not already been told on screen. We love making bold shows with audacious characters and Anjli has done a fantastic job at bringing Sophia to life with a boisterous script full of wit and bite.”

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