Director-producer Krishna Shah, who has earned critical acclaim both on Broadway and in Hollywood, has roped in Ms. Dixit to play the lead role.

Bollywood actor Madhuri Dixit is all set to essay the role of the former Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi, in a two-part biopic by film-maker Krishna Shah.

The Golden Globe-nominated Mr. Shah has been writing the script of the film “Mother: The Indira Gandhi Story” for last 23 years and he now plans to bring it on screen by the end of 2011, Variety magazine reported.

The director-producer, who has earned critical acclaim both on Broadway and in Hollywood, has roped in Ms. Dixit to play the lead role.

Mr. Shah hopes to begin shooting in April in India and also plans to shoot some parts in the U.S., the U.K. and Russia. “It’s such an exciting, dramatic story. The canvas of her life is too big to be contained in one film,” he said adding that the film would have no songs and would be different from Bollywood-style movies.

Mr. Shah’s direction credits include films like “Hard Rock Zombies,” “American Drive-In,” “Cinema Cinema” and “Shalimar.”