Sunday, 4 March 2012

Shabana Azmi cast in Bigelow’s Osama film

Veteran actress Shabana Azmi has been cast in Kathryn Bigelow’s controversial film about the killing of Osama bin Laden, according to the Mumbai Mirror.
Azmi is the first major Indian actor to be case in the picture which is currently filming in the north Indian city of Chandigarh.  The Mirror reported the actress did not deny the news but simply said, “It’s too early to talk about it.”
Apparently, efforts to cast some prominent actors of Pakistani origin failed, once it was decided that Bigelow would not be able to shoot in Pakistan.
Now, she will be casting Indian actors to play Pakistani characters.
A source close to the project told the Times of India, "While Kathryn has zeroed in on her American cast members, she is yet to take a final call on the actors who would be playing Pakistani characters in her Osama film."
Azmi has just concluded work on two other international projects - Mira Nair's The Reluctant Fundamentalist and Deepa Mehta's Midnight's Children, which touch on the issue of Islamic identity.
-    UKAsian Staff

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