Surprise hit book seen as 'Muslim Pride and Prejudice' is picked up by Hollywood studio
By Barfi Culture Team
29th August 2018

Could it become Hollywood's next big diverse blockbuster?

A film studio has picked up the rights to a debut novel by Uzma Jallaludin, which has been described as a 'modern day Muslim Pride and Prejudice' and has been a surprise summer hit in Canada.

Pascal Pictures, behind big movies such as Spiderman: Homecoming, Ghostbusters and The Post has bought the rights to Ayesha At Last, which was published in June 2018 by Harper Collins CA.

The writer said she was "thrilled" and "reeling" from the news. There is no date yet on when casting or filming for the movie will begin.

The book is about Ayesha, a 27-year-old woman living in Canada, who recently arrived from India and has aspirations of becoming a poet. She tells everyone she is far too busy to fall in love, but sparks fly when she meets Khalid, her handsome new neighbour.

The problem? Khalid and Ayesha don't always see eye-to-eye on a lot of issues.

Uzma Jallaludin currently writes an amusing self-deprecating column on parenting called 'Samosas and Maple Syrup' for the Toronto Star, Canada's largest daily newspaper.

She describes her own book as "a revamped Pride and Prejudice set in a Toronto Muslim community."

In a recent interview she said: "You don’t know what you’re missing until you get a taste. Different types of view in terms of ethnicity, gender, experience–that makes stories richer. Putting Pride and Prejudice in a different culture makes the story resonate with a different group of people."

She started writing the novel in 2010, and it wasn't easy.

"I wrote the book in fits and spurts over a span of seven years, before attracting the attention of a literary agent and eventually publisher. I wrote it in coffee shops, on park benches, while waiting for my children to finish swimming, taekwondo and Scouts. I couldn’t be happier with the way things turned out but it was a long road to get here."

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