The iconic political figure of former Primer Minister the late Benazir Bhutto is soon to get immortalized by one of Pakistan’s finest stars, Mehwish Hayat, as it has been long reported to essay the role of Benazir Bhutto in her biopic. The project is currently in it’s initial phases.
Mehwish Hayat in a recent interview with Desi Blitz highlighted the project. While remaining silent on the story of the film citing a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) that she signed, Mehwish explained why she chose the project.
“I am under a strict NDA about the Benazir project. I am not allowed to say anything further than what already is in the public domain.”
On the question, she said, “putting politics on one side, as an actress I am really drawn to the character of Benazir. To me, she’s a Shakespearean heroine. From her carefree days in Oxford. To her untimely assassination. There are so many shades to her and her personality. It will be an honour to play her.”
Earlier in an interview with BBC Urdu, expressed her excitement over the prospect. “This is the story of a hero. Benazir Bhutto is a hero to me and I love that woman. Her story is so inspirational to me. It’s important that this generation and the generations ahead see her contributions, her struggles, and her progress. She was the first woman [to be] Prime Minister,” she said.
Any dates regarding the project are currently unknown.
During her conversation with Desi Blitz, she also shared her thoughts on the negative portrayal of Pakistan in Bollywood. ” Our neighbors have one of the largest film industries in the world. In a time when they could’ve used the power, they yield to bring us closer together. What do they do? They show countless films with Pakistanis as villains. I’ve lost count of the films in last year where Pakistan has been shown in a bad light,” added that, “They need to decide what is more important to them. Nationalistic fervor or peace for the future. If they really want peace. Then let’s take a notch down and work towards a peaceful co-existence.”
She said, ” It still has to find a voice that is Pakistani. We are heavily influenced by our neighbours whose films have shaped the perception of our audiences. It will take time but just like our dramas that have a very unique identity, our films will also get there.”
At the end she said, “Good strong roles for women are few and far between. I look at my character and the story arc. I cannot accept a role just to be a showpiece and look glamorous. The role needs to have depth and the character needs to be fleshed out.”
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