Fenil and Bollywood

Pak Prez calls halt to Benazir flick

Posted on: November 30, 2009

STILL WAITING: Shabana Azmi and Benazir Bhutto
Asif Ali Zardari wants to personally supervise Indo-Pak co-production

SUBHASH K JHA Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; November 30, 2009)

Is the Benazir Bhutto film with our Shabana Azmi playing the assassinated Pakistan premier called off ? It appears to be after Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari, Benazir’s husband, called a halt to the Indo-Pak production helmed by Mahesh Bhatt for British-Pakistani author Tariq Ali. Apparently, the reason being given is that Zardari and family want to personally supervise the Benazir bio-pic. Though, politics between India and Pakistan appears to be the case.

Bhatt, who was chosen to produce and direct the film because of his close cultural links with Pakistan, and after making Awarapan in the neighbouring nation, said, “Zardari stepped in to say we must not make the film until we get their nod. We’ve stepped back for now.” However, preparations continue quietly. Shabana, who bears a cultural and physical resemblance to Benazir, and who is working with Bhatt for the first time since Arth, added, “I’d love to do the part. But the project is at a very nascent stage.”
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