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Updated: September 27, 2012 14:31 IST

Spy Princess in celluloid

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Cover of the book
Cover of the book "Spy Princess: The Life of Noor Inayat Khan" by Shrabani Basu

Shrabani Basu’s acclaimed novel, Spy Princess: The Life of Noor Inayat Khan, will soon be made into a film, with New York-based film-makers Zafar Hai and Tabrez Noorani acquiring its film rights.

“Hai and Noorani are set to make a film with an international cast for a world market. They are shortly scheduled to visit London for talks with leading British screenwriters,” says a release.

Ms. Basu’s book gives the tale of Noor Inayat Khan, code name ‘Madeleine’.

She was the first woman wireless operator to be flown into occupied France during World War II.

Within days of her arrival, almost her entire circuit was arrested by the Gestapo, making ‘poste-Madeleine’ the last radio link between France and England.

The book narrates Noor’s life from her birth in 1914 to her betrayal and death at the hands of the Gestapo in 1944.

She was born in Moscow to an American mother and an Indian Muslim father who founded the first Sufi Order in the West.

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