Shekhar Kapur’s latest film is What’s Love Got to do with it?

Shekhar Kapur’s latest is the romantic comedy, What’s Love Got to do with it? Photo: Gitesh Pandya

Appreciated by “Los Angeles Times” and “Boston Herald”, the latest Shekhar Kapur film written and produced by Jemima Khan, and starring Lily James, Shazad Latif, Shabana Azmi, Emma Thompson and Sajal Aly, is making waves.

A rom-com with a modern twist, it will be available for Digital Rental and Purchase from May 26 from Shout! Studios. What’s Love Got to Do with It? stars Primetime Emmy Award nominee Lily James (Pam & Tommy), Shazad Latif (Star Trek: Discovery), Shabana Azmi (Halo), Academy Award and BAFTA winner Emma Thompson (Matilda), Sajal Aly (Yakeen Ka Safar), Asim Chaudhry (Black Mirror: Bandersnatch), Jeff Mirza (Eternals) and Pakistani singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan as himself.

The cross-cultural comedy has enchanted audiences worldwide since premiering at the 2022 Toronto International Film Festival and winning for Best Comedy at the Rome Film Festival that year.

Ivor Novello Lifetime Achievement award-winning and Mercury Prize-nominated composer, Nitin Sawhney CBE, has composed the music with British-Pakistani record producer, DJ, songwriter, and musician Naughty Boy, who brought his production and writing skills to the soundtrack alongside three-time BRIT Award and Mercury Prize nominee Joy Crookes. The film features an original song by Naughty Boy called Mahi Sona (The Wedding Song) with a special vocal performance from Lily James. Kanika Kapoor and Rahat Fateh Ali Khan are also featured on the soundtrack.

The story is about how one finds lasting love in today’s world. For documentary-maker and dating app addict Zoe (Lily James), swiping right has only delivered an endless stream of Mr. Wrongs, to her eccentric mother Cath’s (Emma Thompson) dismay. For Zoe’s childhood friend and neighbor Kaz (Shazad Latif), the answer is to follow his parents’ example and opt for an arranged (or “assisted”) marriage to a bright and beautiful bride from Pakistan.

As Zoe films his hopeful journey from London to Lahore to marry a stranger, chosen by his parents, she begins to wonder if she might have something to learn from a profoundly different approach to finding love.

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