SLAIN former premier Benazir Bhutto’s niece Fatima Bhutto who is also a writer and a social activist may soon add another feather to her cap if she agrees to take up a role in a bilingual docudrama by an Indian filmmaker.
Fatima, who turned 26 in May, has been approached by documentary filmmaker Ahsan Hyder for his film Breaking Free, which is likely to be shot in New Delhi, New York and New Zealand.
Hyder, who approached Fatima after his other prize catch, sitarist Anoushka Shankar backed out, also met her secretary in Dubai and is looking forward to reading the script to her.
“Fatima’s look matches with the character as much as her accent. Another advantage is her Muslim background – something that can give more depth to the character. I’m waiting for things to fall in place,” Hyder was quoted as saying in the media.
If Fatima gives her nod, she will star opposite Bollywood star Emraan Hashmi, who was recently in Pakistan to promote his film Jannat.
Fatima, who has found a place in the Independent newspaper’s list of promising writers, returned to Pakistan in May after sealing a deal with a UK-based publisher to write a book on the Bhutto clan.
“It’s a tragedy of Shakespearean proportions, a family ravaged by death and division,” her agent had said of her story shortly before the deal was sealed. Fatima and her stepmother Ghinwa have often hinted that they believe Benazir or her widower Asif Ali Zardari had a hand in the killing of her father Murtaza Bhutto.
The book, according to the publishing house, “will also be an investigation into whether that was the case”.
Fatima, who is often compared to Benazir for her striking resemblance and strong personality, had once said, “The comparisons are largely cosmetic.” – NDTV