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.