Tarla Dalal, India’s first Home cook, will be played by Huma Qureshi. The epic food fest will be helmed by Piyush Gupta and financed by Ronnie Screwvala, Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari, and Nitesh Tiwari.

Producer Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari said of the late chef and her intention to make a film about her life, “Tarla’s narrative is a lot more than her being a praised chef.” It’s the tale of a working woman, on her own, revolutionised the face of vegetarian cuisine in India, paving the way for many other home chefs and start-ups to aim and realise their actual goals.”

Tarla Dalal brings back memories of my youth,” Huma adds. My mother kept a copy of her guidebook in the kitchen and frequently tried several of her dishes for my school lunch. I also vividly recall helping my mother create Tarla’s handmade mango ice cream. This part has transported me back to my youth, and I am grateful to Ronnie, Ashwini, and Nitesh for believing in me to play this awe-inspiring figure.”

According to Ronnie Screwvala, “Tarla Dalal revolutionised Indian home cookery. Her tale is a textbook description of entrepreneurship, demonstrating that it is never too late to pursue your dreams. I’m very pleased and excited to work with Ashwiny and Nitesh again.”

Nitesh Tiwari adds to his viewpoint, saying, “In a world full of biopics on every great individual, a biography on Tarla Dalal was long-awaited. Through her narrative, we want to inspire many more young entrepreneurs who wish to run their own enterprises from the comfort of their own homes.”

Tarla Dalal was an Indian cuisine writer, chef, cookbook writer, and host of cooking events. She was the first Indian to have been bestowed a Padma Shri award in the culinary skills classification in 2007. This is for the first time B-town will be depicting the life story of a chef on screen. The late chef, who was prominent for her pleasing recipes was every cook’s motivation, and her cooking instructions are still present in every chef’s food diary. Her “desi nuskhe” (homemade tricks) are still a subject of discussion in every Indian family, often given credit for refashioning vegetarian cuisine in India.


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