Bhutto biopic in the works in Pakistan


NEW DELHI -- A film is being planned on the life of slain Pakistani leader Benazir Bhutto, according to media reports Wednesday in that country.

Karachi-based Skies Unlimited Films told Pakistani-English newspaper the Daily Times that the film on Bhutto, who was assassinated Thursday, will be made in collaboration with Indian filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt. Pakistani writer-poet Aqeel Ahmad Ruby is penning the script of the film, which is in preproduction.

Aneela Khan, a producer with Skies Unlimited, was quoted as saying that the film's director "will soon be announced." As for who will play Bhutto, Khan said, "We have not decided yet. It could be someone famous or a completely new face. There are possibilities that some of the scenes would be shot in India, but we are not sure."

Khan added that "the basic motive behind this announcement is just to dedicate this film to Benazir Bhutto. The film is going to be released internationally, and we don't want to create any controversy with this film."

Bhatt is among India's best-known directors, with hits like 1984's "Saaransh" (Essence), though in recent years he has turned producer via his Mumbai-based banner Vishesh Films.