Indian director to make biopic on Malala Yousufzai

Published: December 7, 2012

Director says he is still casting for the lead role to play Malala. PHOTO: FILE

Indian director Amjad Khan has announced that the next project he will work on will be a biopic on teenage education activist Malala Yousafzai, NDTV reported on Friday.

Khan, of Le Gaya Saddam fame and subject of a fatwa, is currently casting actors and refuses to reveal the name of the child actor who will portray the 15-year-old. “It’s not the right time because so many things are happening at once. We have shortlisted a few names. And I’m sure it will be a courageous effort that will help shed some light on the age old issues facing South Asia,” says Amjad.

Dilating why he chose to base his film on the brave activist, the filmmaker said, “As of today, Malala is the name of a revolution not only in her own country but around the world.”

“She proved that age has nothing to do with courage.”

“I’m writing this film as a tribute to this young girl and not only she but also for the million others who are inspired by her act,” Khan said.

The film is expected to start pre-production shortly and will be shot in Iran, Bhuj and other parts of India.

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Reader Comments (22)

  • Butt
    Dec 7, 2012 - 10:51PM

    Oh Oh.That will will bring forth the terrorist country fully exposed.Recommend

  • alphamale
    Dec 7, 2012 - 11:23PM

    Bollywood, Please leave our real-life heroes and heroines alone.

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  • Ibrahim
    Dec 7, 2012 - 11:30PM

    lol i thought Malala fever is over!!

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  • muhammadkashifkhan
    Dec 8, 2012 - 12:12AM

    We Betray their(“pre-partition”) heroes and even our own heroes and they are making films on our heroes . Strange WORLD !

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  • Dec 8, 2012 - 12:38AM

    I think Aliya Bhatt can play the role well (student of the year actress) she has some similarties with Malala. This news should be welcome as it will enhance the soft power of Pakistan in front of the world

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  • Akshay
    Dec 8, 2012 - 12:43AM

    I hope its not like typical bollywood garbage.

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  • Dec 8, 2012 - 12:53AM

    Bollywood cant let go a chance to malign Pakistan, can it? Wait for the exaggerated movie, portraying Karachi like a region of FATA and Lahore a part of Wazirtistan.. Islamabad? They dont have something as cool as that beautiful city in India… so nothing for it.. Well Malala is a hero, but Anti Pak forces have been using that child as a tool for their agenda.. An effort that should be commended, they are doing it very well.. Problem is ‘our’ people, ours too are on their agenda, they are on their agenda… You do know what I mean..

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  • Mandeep Vaid
    Dec 8, 2012 - 12:53AM

    Malala is a very original, expressive and beautiful Swati Princess!

    She reminds me of the world-renowned novella “The Little Prince” written from the French writer and poet Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. It is likewise the story of a Prince who travels to earth and meets a fox………………….

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  • Queen
    Dec 8, 2012 - 1:31AM

    Please Bollywood leave our national heroes in peace

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  • Yoghurt lover
    Dec 8, 2012 - 1:36AM

    @Alphamale who writes “Bollywood, Please leave our real-life heroes and heroines alone.

    Agree.

    These blockheads with an IQ of 15 and an EQ of 12, make up a lousy story far removed from reality, adding loads of masala. While they are in the business of storytelling, they forget a little thing called a story.

    I wonder if this Amjad Khan knows the spelling of the word biopic, let alone the meaning if it.

    They will finally hire very beautiful but absolutely talentless heroines like Aishwarya, Kareena etc to play the lead and finally end up making an ultra-melodramatic, rubbish.

    I request Bollywood to spare every real incident. Including RGV’s film on 26/11. They will turn them into horrible pieces of balderdash.

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  • Tch tch
    Dec 8, 2012 - 2:28AM

    The dance numbers will be interesting.

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  • alphamale
    Dec 8, 2012 - 2:47AM

    tightpatloon, soft power can be projected much more capably and elegantly by the same talented people that created bol, khudah key liye, the same people that wrote moth smoke, reluctant fundamentalist, the pakistani bride.

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  • Saint
    Dec 8, 2012 - 3:25AM

    They have made poor Malala the hen that used to lay golden eggs and everybody wants to get its share chanting her name.

    Why not leave her in peace and focus on something like dirty picture 3, which you are good at.

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  • Lodhi
    Dec 8, 2012 - 4:55AM

    @Ibrahim:
    You should be more worried about the Taliban fever.

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  • Qasim
    Dec 8, 2012 - 6:31AM

    I think this director does not make mainstream films which include all that masala and stuff. If a serious movie with a strong message is being made then I don’t think there should be any problem.

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  • Pankaj
    Dec 8, 2012 - 11:15AM

    Pakistanis.. their complexes and insecurities…

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  • Clear Black Bag
    Dec 8, 2012 - 11:30AM

    Malala’s role is being exaggerated in the world on the media by the Pakistani government and what about the other girls like Malala in Pakistan in the tribal areas who are facing serious and severe security threats and who want to get education and are not going to the schools just due to the barbaric customs and traditions of tribal areas??????

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  • Umer
    Dec 8, 2012 - 5:52PM

    Another nice song for Malala and all girls who want eductaion;

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GaKx8eQ6gxc

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  • Enlightened
    Dec 8, 2012 - 9:01PM

    It is surprising that many Pakistanis are averse to accolades received by Malala world-wide for her brave stand against Taliban who are against imparting of education to girls in her region. Most of them comment that many Malalas and other innocent people are getting killed but why Malala is receiving so much attention. What they don’t realise is that there is only one Malala amongst them who stood up against these barbarians and braved the bullets but is still ready to continue her struggle against them. Shame on all including the sympathisers of these cowards, who comment against the brave daughter of their own country.

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  • Clear Black Bag
    Dec 9, 2012 - 11:25AM

    @Enlightened:
    Please take her to your country because in Pakistan Taliban’s threat shall remain for her and so that she could live peacefully in your country without any threats.There are many girls like Malala who struggle for education but their struggle is silent but visible and the world,media and Pakistani government can’t see it and brutal and cruel tribal areas customs bury their struggles……

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  • karim
    Dec 9, 2012 - 12:40PM

    Nice. will be waiting for it.

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  • Eric Kumar
    Dec 13, 2012 - 10:00PM

    It intrgues me that why people have so much hoopla for Bollywood making movie on Malala. Who is stoping Loolywood not to make movie about her. Why don’t you admit your inadequateacy for not able to do so. One needs to have courage and charactor to venture such projects. Hollywood picks up all type of inspiring stories from all over the world,especialy when they are true.It’s like saying sour grapes. If Lollywood can not make then nobody in the world has the right to do so. Please instead of saying some encourageing words, please don’t at least stop others to do so. All the world will benefit and be inspired.Recommend

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