Mehwish Hayat, in a recent interview, confirmed that she will be playing Benazir Bhutto in the former Prime Minister’s biopic and that the project is currently in the works.
However, according to The Current‘s sources, the Bhutto family is unaware of this project and has not given anyone any consent as yet. In fact, the source added that the family is completely in the dark regarding this upcoming project.
Meanwhile, Mehwish in a recent interview with BBC Urdu confirmed that she will be playing Bhutto.
When the host asks Mehwish if the news of her playing Benazir is true, Mehwish said, “InshAllah. It is a huge subject and a very complicated one. But the story is one of a hero – Benazir Bhutto is a hero to me and I love that woman. Her story is so inspirational. [I think] that our current generation and the one that is to come, need to see her contributions, struggles, progress, her life.”
“She was the first woman Prime Minister of the country. The world needs to know about her.”
Mehwish continued, “While people write about [her] in books, films are easy access for people to know about things.”
When the host asked Mehwish that expectations with the role will be high, Mehwish responded, “Indeed it is a difficult character to play. It is being written as of now and it is going to take some time, but I cannot wait to play it.”
Has Mehwish started preparing for the role?
Mehwish said, “I’ve been reading up about her. The more I get to know her, the more inspired I get and I feel a lot of pride. But at the same time, I feel sad also that we lost such a great leader.”
“But the world needs to see her whole story,” Mehwish concluded.
News of Mehwish playing Pakistan’s first female prime minister had first surfaced in June 2018 when Mehwish on Benazir’s 65th birthday had shared that a biopic on BB was on the cards and that she was preparing to “play the role of a lifetime.”
The announcement had taken social media by storm and everyone was excited to see the life of the slain Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leader come to life on the silver screen. However, Benazir’s daughter, Bakhtawar, slammed the idea, saying that no consent was sought from the family for the project.
Mehwish at that time had responded to Bakhtawar saying that the project was in its early stages and that it would not progress without “the consent or blessing of the family.”
The Current has reached out to Mehwish for a comment.