An of icon of international cinema and leading actress of the Indian New Wave Movement (also known as “Parallel Cinema”) Shabana Azmi has appeared in over 120 Hindi films in a career spanning five decades, winning a record five National Film Awards and four Filmfare Awards for Best Actress. Shabana’s notable films include Satyajit Ray’s Shatranj Ke Khiladi (1977); Shyam Benegal’s Nishant (1976), Junoon (1978), Susman (1987) and Antarnaad (1991); Mrinal Sen’s Khandar (1984), Genesis (1986), and Ek Din Achanak (1989); Gautam Ghose’s Paar; Aparna Sen’s Picnic (1989) and Sati (1989); Mahesh Bhatt’s Arth (1982); and Vinay Shukla’s Godmother (1999). Shabana also starred in John Schlesinger’s Madame Sousatzka (1988), Roland Joffe’s City of Joy (1992), Blake Edwards’s Son of the Pink Panther (1993) and Ismail Merchant’s In Custody (1993). Her recent films include Midnight’s Children (2012) and The Reluctant Fundamentalist (2013).
Yasmeen Siddiqui was born in London and haslived in the UK and Dubai. She will be beginning senior school in 2015. Thisis Yasmeen’s first role in a film.
Bhasker Patel was born in East Africa and lived in India and the UK. He is a regular in the cult UK serial Emmerdale. Bhasker has also appeared in a number of features including Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and Kidulthood. Bhasker will be appearing in Oliver Stone’s forthcoming Snowden.
Christopher Simpson is an actor with a wide ranging creative practice that includes writing, directing, mask and teaching. His work on screen includes White Teeth, Brick Lane and Spooks. On the stage, Christopher has played Pericles at the National Theatre.
Dolly is a London based actress and model. She has appeared in episodes of Holby City, Midsummer Murders and Eastenders.