Blake Ritson (Da Vinci’s Demons), Rachel Griffiths (Brothers & Sisters), Art Malik (Homeland), James Fleet (The Hollow Crown), Sugandha Garg (My Name Is Khan) and Arjun Mathur (My Friend Pinto) have joined the cast of Channel 4’s period drama Indian Summers for its upcoming second season.
Blake Ritson has been cast as Charlie Havistock, Alice’s estranged husband; Rachel Griffiths as Sirene, the Maharaja’s mysterious Australian mistress who hides a surprising past; Art Malik as the Maharaja Maritpur; James Fleet as Lord Hawthorne, whose surprise arrival heralds impending change at the highest levels of the administration; and Sugandha Garg and Arjun Mathur as Kaira and Naresh, both of whom are part of the independence movement.
They join a cast which already includes Julie Walters, Craig Parkinson, Craig Parkinson, Henry Lloyd-Hughes, Jemima West, Nikesh Patel, Roshan Seth, Lillete Dubey, Alexander Cobb, Fiona Glascott, Amber Rose Revah, Aysha Kala, Olivia Grant and Edward Hogg. Charlie Pattinson, Simon Curtis, Rebecca Eaton and Elaine Pyke executive produce.
“It’s wonderful and exciting to once again delve into this period in our history and of course to join such a fantastic cast is a delight”, said Art Malik. “Paul Rutman has created the most vivid and evocative world and I cannot wait to see the waves my Maharaja shall be making in Simla’s society…”
Created by Paul Rutman, Indian Summers tells the rich and explosive story of the decline of the British Empire and the birth of modern India. Following an assassination attempt at the Royal Club in Simla stories of promises, secrets, politics, power, sex and love play out as the British Raj begins to falter and a nation opens its eyes to the possibilities of freedom.
The show’s 10 episode second season, which is now filming for a 2016 premiere, is set in the summer of 1935 – a season where old allegiances will be broken and new ones forged, where unbridled passions and adultery run roughshod over fidelity and where revolution hangs heavy in the air. An assassination attempt on the Viceroy, Lord Willingdon (Patrick Malahide), puts Ralph’s (Henry Lloyd-Hughes) future in the balance.