Jaipur, Jan 24 (Agencies): The film adaptation of Alex von Tunzelmann's book reportedly ran into trouble with the Indian government, over the depiction of the Nehru-Edwina relationship but the author says India's first Prime Minister and the wife of the last viceroy shared an intellectual sympathy and was undoubtedly in love.

The question of the relationship between Jawaharlal Nehru and Edwina Mountbatten managed to draw attention yet again at the Jaipur Literature Festival where Tunaelmann addressed a session.

Tunzelmann's book 'the Indian Summer: The Secret History of the End of an Empire' that released in 2007 depicted the events leading up to the Indian independence and its partition.

Filmmaker Joe Wright had ventured out on a film adaptation of the book but at the moment there do not appear to be much chances of the film being shot in India. Tunzelmann, however says she would love to see the film being made and shot in India as the story belongs here.

"I keep getting different stories from the media and from the film company. What I have learnt from media reports is that objections by the Indian government came over the depiction of the relationship between Edwina and Nehru, and the government demanded the removal of certain scenes and certain words that might indicate love," she said.
"I know the filmmakers and I very much doubt that they were talking about pornographic material in their film. They are very sensitive people and have made distinguished films in the past… I am sure there was nothing in the screenplay that was particularly disgusting or shocking," the author added in a lighter vein.

She said given the visual effects available these days, a film can be shot anywhere in the world.  "So, who knows but I would love the film to be shot in India because the story belongs here," she said.

She calls it a 64 million rupee question and one that has repeatedly been asked, but whether the love was all platonic is a question, answer to which has been lost with the two people.

"It was true love, whatever it is, but does it matter," she asked.

While researching her book, the author examined a series of photographs and videos over a period of time and noticed how the intimacy between Edwina and Nehru was apparent.

"Who knows how far it went". But more than anything else, the two figures shared an "intellectual sympathy" for each other, she said.

"The atmosphere of 1947 was of unbelievable tensions and political stakes. The two were brave people who when out on the streets of Delhi, often together, to confront rioting mobs and in many cases stop them," she said.

The author said while initially the two families – the Mountbattens and Gandhis – were pretty reluctant to be involved on the issue.

"On the side of the Mountbattens lately, there has certainly been an acceptance of the relationship but this cannot be said surely in the case of Sonia Gandhi and her family," she said.

Asked if Edwina would have helped her husband impress upon certain things on Nehru in the way of having a political influence, the author said the influence can be seen in some cases but her role would not have been more than advisory.