USA: Sir Ben Kingsley in a dastar and beard as he starts work on new film

Oscar-winning actor Sir Ben Kinsley looked unrecognisable in a Sikh dastar(turban) as he begun filming  the indie drama Learning To Drive in Brooklyn with co-star Patricia Clarkson.

Sir Ben Kingsley, CBE – born Krishna Pandit Bhanji – plays instructor Darwan, a Sikh, a political refugee from India who is teaching newly separated Wendy.

Wendy, a self-absorbed New York book critic, is thrown into shock when her husband leaves her abruptly for another woman. A bitter divorce ensues. He tries to be patient with his student, who is coming apart at the seams before his eyes.Meanwhile, Darwan is contemplating an arranged marriage to a woman he has never met.Today, the movie is filming at 8th Ave and St John’s Place in Brooklyn.

The film is based on a Katha Pollitt personal essay published in The New Yorker in 2002 about the bi-weekly driving lessons she had with her Filipino driving instructor.

4 thoughts on “USA: Sir Ben Kingsley in a dastar and beard as he starts work on new film

  1. Is Ben Kingsley not the same man who disguised as Mahatma Gandhi? We need to be vigilant from such individuals as they use the film industry to make money at the expense of innocent communities. Dastar is a symbol of Khalsa and not an item of clothing, as we all know. Many thanks to Ben for highligting current and historic issues.

    Saab sikhan Ko Hukam Hai Guru Maneo Granth

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