Pulse Films and Left Handed Films have completed the cast on their UK drama Mughal Mowgli, which has now begun shooting in London.

Joining Riz Ahmed in the feature are this year’s Royal Television Society Breakthrough Award winner Nabhaan Rizwan, who won the prize for his work on BBC/Amazon series Informer.

Also newly added to the film are Aiysha Hart, whose credits include Colette and Line Of Duty, Sex Education actor Anjana Vasan, Mary Poppins Returns actor Sudha Bhuchar, and The Valley actor Alyy Khan.

The project is the feature directing debut of Bassam Tariq, who co-wrote the screenplay with actor Ahmed. The story follows a British Pakistani rapper who, on the cusp of his first world tour, is struck down by an epigenetic illness that threatens to derail his big break.

Producers are Pulse Films’ Thomas Benski, Silvertown Films’ Bennett McGhee, Left Handed Films’ Riz Ahmed, and Michael Peay.

BBC Films, Cinereach, SFFILM Invest, Vice Studios and RYOT Films are financing, with Dimitra Tsingou for Pulse Films, Eva Yates for BBC Films, Suroosh Alvi for Vice Studios executive producing alongside Cinereach.