Oscar-Nominated Indian Director to Shoot Film on 19th Century Opium Trade

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New Delhi (Sputnik): The opium trade developed in the 18th and 19th centuries when Britain exported opium grown in India and sold it to China. The British used the profits from this to purchase Chinese luxury goods such as porcelain, silk, and tea, which were in high demand in the West.

Oscar-nominated Indian Film Director Shekhar Kapur, who gained international recognition with the 1994 Bollywood film “Bandit Queen” which also went on to win the National Award for Best Feature Film, is going to make a film based on the 19th century Opium trade between British India and China.

The film will be written by Michael Hirst, who also scripted drama series like “The Tudors”, “Vikings” along with writing the script for Kapur’s Oscar nominated film “Elizabeth.”

Earlier Shekhar Kapur tweeted his view on the Opium trade.

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