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.