The role of Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto (late) is slated to be played by Tamgha-i-Imtiaz winner Mehwish Hayat.
Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto was the first woman to lead a democratic government in a Muslim majority nation.
She held the post from 1988 to 1990 and again from 1993 to 1996 before being assassinated just after addressing a public rally.
The rumors of the role were not officially confirmed by the actress before, but a year later she revealed:
“It is being written right now, it’ll take some time, but I cannot wait to play (Benazir Bhutto). I’ve been reading up about her and the more I read, the more I get inspired..the world needs to see her story.”
Many are glad Mehwish is going to play the role considering her success in previous films such as Load Wedding and Actor in Law, among others.
However, the daughter of Pakistan’s only female Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto doesn’t seem to agree. Bakhtawar appears to be upset that no consent was taken from her and plans to take legal action.
“She knows we haven’t consented. I threatened her with legal action 2 years ago on Twitter now again she’s brought up this film. Regardless of location we will seek legal action.”
Bashir Riaz, the spokesperson of Bilawal House and Chairman of Bhutto Legacy Foundation said had this to say in regards to the situation:
“No permission has been given by the heirs of Bhutto for any such biopic.”
Hayat, however, doesn’t think any sort of legal consent was needed in the first place.
“I am under strict NDA to not reveal any details about the project or who is involved. What I can let you know is that it is not a Pakistani project.”
“My understanding of the legal position in the West is that no formal consent is needed from living heirs to make a biopic. However, when the project is further down the line, I will reach out to the family.”