Gurinder Chadha is lining up a loaded slate of Indian-British co-productions, and according to Variety the first before the lens will be It’s a Wonderful Afterlife. She pitches the project as My Big Fat Wedding meets Shaun of the Dead, which sounds promising, particularly if Shaun has his cricket bat and uses it to chip some Big, Fat and Greek teeth. Not because of their size, adipose content or nationality¬† – of course! – but because they’re taking part in that sickening frickin’ film. I hoped that would go without saying.

Afterlife was stalled last year when one of the funding bodies was hit by the terrorist attacks on Mumbai. With fresh greenbacks in the sack, production is now set to kick off in April and Chadha has been busy corralling a cast. Alongside Sanjeev Bhaskar, who I’m readily familiar with from British TV, she has also cast Shabana Azmi and Sendhil Ramamurthy who I can recall fairly well and Shaheen Khan, who I don’t know at all.

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