17 September 2021 16:28

Life of Indian spy princess who fought Nazis to be made into a TV drama series

Noor Khan was born on January 1, 1914, in the Russian capital Moscow.

Her father, Inayat Khan, a musician and Sufi preacher, and mother, Amina Begum (aka Ora Ray Baker).

Indian princess Noor Inayat Khan was captured by the Gestapo – the official secret police of Nazi Germany – and executed in the Dachau concentration camp.

Noor Inayat Khan (Source: Wikipedia)
Noor Inayat Khan (Source: Wikipedia)
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She was aged 29 when captured in 1943.

Her life will be made into a TV drama series where Freida Pinto, star of the Oscar-winning film Slumdog Millionaire, will play Noor, the spy princess.

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Freida Pinto

The series, Spy Princess, will be directed by Anand Tucker and produced by Andy Paterson. It is based on Spy Princess: The Life of Noor Inayat Khan by Shrabani Basu.

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Spy Princess: The Life of Noor Inayat Khan by Shrabani Basu

Her contribution to the war came to light after Basu wrote Noor’s biography.

Noor Khan, codenamed Madeleine, became a significant target for the Nazi because of her work for the British.

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Noor’s job was to send vital coded messages to London from Nazi-occupied France.

She was tortured before being shot in the head the following year, having revealed nothing to her captors.

In 2020, a biopic titled A Call To Spy paid tribute to the work of Khan where well-known Indian actress Radhika Apte portrayed khan in the film.

According to Noor Khan’s biography, she was a firm believer in non-violence and the oneness of all religions.

She was posthumously awarded the George Cross, the United Kingdom’s highest civilian award, in 1949, the French Croix de Guerre, a military honour awarded by France in 1946, and in 2014, a stamp was issued in her honour.

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