A new movie of the late British Princess Diana's relationship with a Pakistani Muslim doctor has been widely criticized as an intrusive and embarrassingly cheap soap opera.
British-born Australian actress Naomi Watts plays the princess and English actor Naveen Andrews the heart surgeon Hasnat Khan in “Diana,” which held its world premiere in London on Thursday, Reuters reported.
The movie is based on “Diana: Her Last Love”, a book by author Kate Snell published in 2000, arguing that the late Princess had a secret affair with Khan in the last two years of her life.
The British tabloids, who followed every twist and turn from Diana's 1981 marriage to Prince Charles, to their divorce and her death in a 1997 Paris car crash, have mocked the film from German director Oliver Hirschbiegel.
“The Queen of Hearts has been recast as a sad-sack singleton that even Bridget Jones would cross the street to avoid,” wrote the Mirror's David Edwards in a one-star review dubbing the film a “cheap and cheerless effort”, Reuters reported.
The real-life Hasnat Khan vowed in August he would never watch the film, saying it is all based on hypotheses and gossip.
Watts told Reuters from the red carpet that she was concerned about what Diana's sons, Princes William and Harry, might think of the film if they were to see it.
“If they do I hope they feel that we have been respectful and upheld her memories in the best possible way,” she told Reuters Television.
Hirschbiegel, made the Oscar nominated “Downfall” about the last days of Hitler.