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Film on Benazir gets film fraternity buzzing

Film on Benazir gets film fraternity buzzing

Benazir's husband Asif Ali Zardari might give the final nod.

New Delhi: Benazir Bhutto's assassination might be old news, however, both Bollywood and Hollywood are vying to get her immortalised on celluloid.

A film on the former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir's life is what has got filmmakers buzzing. Filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt, who has always been keen on having better India-Pakistan relations, has expressed interest in making a film and the actress who will play the late Pakistani leader on screen has been already finalised.

"We are interested in making the film. Shabana has already given her nod," says Mahesh Bhatt, Filmmaker.

However, even as Mahesh Bhatt has started work on getting a go-ahead from the Bhutto family, it is reported that Benazir's husband Asif Ali Zardari might give the final nod to Hollywood actor-director Robert Redford who had expressed interest in making a Biopic on Benazir sometime back.

"I got a call from Zardari's lawyer who said that Robert Redford had shown interest in the film while Bhutto was alive. We have to still check whether there was a written contract with him or not," says Mahesh Bhatt, Filmmaker.
first published:January 08, 2008, 21:59 IST