Kolkata slumgirl's story to be made into Hollywood film


Kolkata: The inspiring story of Jilian Haslam, a girl brought up in abject poverty in the slums of Kolkata who metamorphosed into a successful entrepreneur in London will soon be made into a Hollywood film.

Haslam had put down her experiences in the autobiography 'Indian.English', based on which British screenplay writer Neil O' Neil has made a script.

"The film would be based on my life and my book. The script is ready and casting would go on shortly. Seven production houses have shown interest in making the film but we are yet to finalise one of them," 43-year-old Haslam said during a recent visit to the city.

She said shooting would begin from next year and would include Kolkata where she had spent her childhood in the slums of Khidirpore.

When asked which Hollywood actress will play her role in the yet-to-be-titled film, she said she would want American actress Julia Stiles as she has facial resemblance with her.

Besides being a motivational speaker, Haslam also runs a corporate training company in the UK.

Born in Kolkata to British parents who stayed back in India after 1947, she had a harrowing time in the dark squalid by-lanes of the city where her family often slept with a hungry stomach.

Being homeless, she was also abused and even lost her four siblings to poverty and hunger.

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