Huma Qureshi has shared the first-look poster of her upcoming film Tarla as she starts filming for the biopic. Tarla Dalal was a food writer, chef, cookbook author, and host of cooking shows, specialising in Indian, particularly Gujarati, cuisine. Huma penned a sweet note about the celebrated chef as she shared the poster.
Taking to her Instagram account on Tuesday, Huma wrote, “#Tarla ke tadke se aata hai mann mein ek hi sawaal. Kab milega mauka to experience unke swaad ka kamaal. Miliye Tarla Dalal se aur jaaniye unki masaledaar kahaani. Filming now!”
While talking about playing the iconic chef, Huma says, “Tarla Dalal reminds me of my childhood. My mom had a copy of her book in the kitchen and would often try many of her recipes for my school tiffin. I also clearly remember the time when I helped mom make Tarla‘s homemade mango ice cream. This role has taken me back to those sweet childhood memories and I am very thankful to Ronnie, Ashwini, and Nitesh for having faith in me to play this awe-inspiring character.”
Produced by Ronnie Screwvala, Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari, and Nitesh Tiwari, the movie is directed by Piyush Gupta.
Talking about her decision to make a film on the popular chef’s life, producer Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari said in a statement, “Tarla’s story is a lot more than her being an iconic chef. It’s a story about a working mother who singlehandedly changed the face of vegetarian cooking in India and paved the way for many such home cooks and start-ups to aspire and achieve their dreams.”
“Tarla Dalal transformed home cooking in India. Her story is a textbook example on entrepreneurship – how it is never too late to work towards your ambitions. Very excited and looking forward to collaborating again with Ashwiny and Nitesh,” Ronnie Screwvala said.
Nitesh Tiwari, on the other hand, said that a biopic on an epic personality like Tarla Dalal was overdue. “Through her story, we want to encourage many such young entrepreneurs who desire to have their own businesses from the comfort of their homes,” he said.
Piyush Gupta, who has been a writer on films like Dangal and Chhichhore, helms the film. He says, “I am delighted to have the opportunity to illustrate Tarla Dalal’s life on screen. Being a foodie myself, the intention is to make this film a treat for all food lovers to gorge on.”
In 2007, Tarla Dalal was honoured with a Padma Shri, becoming the first Indian to win this award in the culinary skills category. The chef passed away in 2013, but she’s still every cook’s inspiration, and her recipes are still followed and cherished by food enthusiasts.
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