By Subhash K. Jha
Mumbai, (IANS) Not too many people know that Shabana Azmi was once supposed to play Benazir Bhutto in a film to be directed by noted British-Pakistani author-playwright and filmmaker Tariq Ali.
Tariq Ali, who has done a celebrated play "The Leopard & The Fox" on the arrest and execution of Benazir's father Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, had readied the screenplay in 1982-83 for his proposed Benazir biopic with Shabana in the lead. Shabana had begun to prepare for the part, studying Benazir's body language and also getting the required haircut to look completely credible.
But then politics intervened. Because of differences between India and Pakistan, the hush-hush project was quietly abandoned. Shabana was disappointed.
"I know I can physically resemble Benazir. Once that is in place, the rest would just follow," the actress had admitted at that time.
Now almost 25 years after the proposed film's