MJ’s Wildest Dreams Studios presents:
Saffron Skies, a period drama
Sisters Poorva (Chitraganda Singh), Gita (Asin Thottumkal), and Divya (Sonam Kapoor) were all born on Indian soil, then promptly whisked away to London to live with their father, Captain George Whitacre (Bill Patterson). Growing up with a flair for luxury and a preference for high prices, the Whitacre sisters wined, dined, and climbed the social ladder—much to the dismay of George’s conservative wife, Marianne (Emma Fielding). Now it’s 1928, and still the girls are concerned with little else but entertaining. But during Divya’s twentieth birthday party, a telegram arrives from Bombay with a unexpected announcement: their late grandfather had split his entire estate between the three of them, and said estate consists of half a million pounds in gold. However, before they can collect the cash, the three girls have to fulfill his dying wish: to return to Bombay to find his only daughter—their birth mother (Kajol Devgan)—who hasn’t been seen in over a decade. Now, the sisters have to trade in short skirts for saris if they want to solve a mystery and find the family they’ve never known…
…While hoping that the brewing revolution doesn’t find them first.
Also featuring: Abhishek Bachchan as Tungesh, a cynical rickshaw driver, unhappy to be saddled with his three “clueless” British cousins; Shammu as his little sister, Vaishnavi, who couldn’t be happier to play hostess, especially if Gita can teach her to Charleston; Dan Stevens as Lt. Rupert Rogers, Poorva’s good-natured but bumbling fiancé; and Konkona Sen Sharma as Chandramukhi, a dangerous freedom fighter who won’t let anyone stand in the way of an independent India.
Saffron Skies consists of twelve 60-minute episodes that detail the decline of British imperialism, the rise of Indian nationalism and growing strength of the Indian independence movement. Its characters illustrate racial and class tensions in the age of modernism, as well as the changing roles of women in the East and West between the Great War and the Great Depression. The settings of London and Bombay (Mumbai) highlight the differences in industrial growth between Great Britain and its colonies. Featuring a bilingual script, Saffron Skies offers a new look at the 1920’s in the tale of a nation yearning to stand on its own.
*Notes: I’m not sure if Chitraganda, Asin, or Sonam can do a perfect British accent, but all that matters is that Abhishek Bachchan and Dan Stevens meet. Dreams really ARE too good to be true :’(