Actor Freida Pinto will be portraying British secret agent Noor Inayat Khan in an upcoming TV series named Spy Princess. The series is based on Shrabani Basu’s novel titled Spy Princess: The Life of Noor Inayat Khan. Anand Tucker will be directing the series which will be produced by Andy Paterson and Freida Pinto herself.
Freida Pinto had a lot to say about the war hero who perished during the Second World War. “She was a fierce and amazing woman, the most unlikely heroine of World War 2. Sending women to the front line is controversial even now. Then it was unthinkable. Sending a Sufi mystic, who won’t use a gun, daughter of a long-haired Indian Guru who preaches love and peace – ridiculous!” Pinto also added that Noor was a lot different from all the female warriors and superheroes we are usually exposed to. She said that Noor possessed a ‘quiet strength’ she wasn’t aware of. Besides that, Noor Inayat Khan had certainly astonished the men who always said that she should never have been sent to the front line.
Apart from this series, Freida Pinto will also be starring in The Henna Artist, a TV series which has been inspired by Alka Joshi’s novel with the same name.
Who Was Noor Inayat Khan?
Noor Inayat Khan was an Indian princess who served as a Special Operations Executive (SOE) for the British during World War II. She was posted in France at the time and worked under the codename ‘Madelaine.’ However, as per chroniclers she was betrayed and captured by the Gestapo or the Nazi Secret Police. Soon after, she was tortured and executed by the Nazis along with her fellow colleagues.
Noor Inayat has been posthumously awarded with numerous honours such as the George Cross in 1949 and the more recent Blue Plaque in August 2020.
Radhika Apte Portrayed Her In The Drama A Call To Spy
Bollywood actor Radhika Apte was cast as Noor Inayat Khan in this drama. The drama gave an in-depth glimpse of the efforts put in by women during the war. Radhika Apte performance was spot on with as she did justice to the Indian spy. However, it was disappointing to note that she wasn’t given much screen time. Read the full story here.