Pakistani politician Benazir Bhutto’s life is soon to be shown on film. A Pakistani production house approached Mahesh Bhatt recently to offer him the chance to direct the movie based on the late politician. Mr Bhatt confirmed with Mid-day that the news is in fact true however he wishes not to direct the movie himself. The ex-director says that directing is closed chapter and thus this project will be a collaborative production of Aashish Films, Anil Khan(Pakistani producer) and Bhatt films.
Bhatt’s are known for their fantastic friendship with Pakistan after the release of Awaarapan and now this decision takes their relationship to the second level. Mahesh Bhatt is thrilled to be working with the Pakistani production house however has set some ground rules. He awaits clearance from Benazir Bhutto’s family as he wants their full input on the screenplay. As well as that Mahesh Bhatt awaits the green signal from Pakistani government.
The issue is rather delicate hence the contribution of Ms Bhutto’s family is crucial to ensure all facts are perfectly depicted and all research is reliable.
When speaking to Mid-day Mahesh Bhatt confirmed rumours of Shabana Azmi being considered for the role. Shabana Azmi herself showed interest in doing the role and Mahesh feels she will be the perfect actress however the director stated that the engine of the project lays in Pakistan and thus he will not be making any decisions or announcements until further notice.
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