The inspiring, enlightening and touchy story of ‘Bharat ki Beti’ Uzma Ahmed will be turned into a biopic. Uzma Ahmed has confirmed the development with us. Uzma along with the makers who have the official rights to make the biopic have shared the details with us and also highlighted the false/unethical practice of people issuing false news in reputed daily papers. We also bring to you the denials from Tabu and Anil Kapoor who were falsely reported to be a part of the biopic on Uzma by the publication last week.
Confirming the development and commenting on the report that was published in the leading daily, Uzma Ahmed says, “I have no idea what they are talking about. The publication has not even contacted me. I have officially given my consent to the biopic on my story to Shivam Nair, to be written by Ritesh Shah”.
Speaking further and elaborating the details Uzma says, “I met them a few days back and I am very delighted that my story has been chosen to deliver a significant message. It will serve as a warning signal to those who may get trapped like me. I made some mistakes and found myself trapped, hopefully the movie will enlighten the future victims and they take necessary precautions without repeating the mistakes that I did. Shivam and Ritesh form a good team and they have proven their credentials in the Bollywood industry. I am confident that the movie will diligently serve the purpose to enlighten and motivate.”
Echoing the song for woman empowerment and humanisms on screen with a chorus, the biopic is a story that needs to be told in today’s times feels the director Shivam Nair who met Uzma a couple of days back and was inspired by the determination and strength her character showed during her turbulent times in Pakistan. Sharing his experience Shivam says, “Uzma’s journey from Malaysia to Pakistan and then finally to India is an inspirational and courageous journey that delivers a good social message, certainly a story that needs to be told, the movie on Uzma is on starting stage right now. We are glad to have the backing of Jatish Varma and Sameer Dixit behind this important film. We are right now planning the research work on Uzma as authenticity of the subject and supportive character should be precise for such a biopic. Ritesh Shah, the screenplay and dialogue writer of PINK has come on board to pen this story. Other details will be revealed later.”
Producer Jatish Varma who has the official rights and consent to make a biopic on Uzma says 'The personality – Uzma Ahmed and the consent to make a biopic on her is with us. I have the official right to make a biopic on Uzma Ahmed and we have not given the right to anyone else. Before going public, the publication should have shown some responsibility by confirming it with Uzma at least. We have the official right to make this biopic and it will be directed by Shivam Nair and penned by Ritesh Shah”.
“JP Singh India’s Deputy High Commissioner in Pakistan is also on board” added the producer.
Ritesh Shah the writer behind PINK and AIRLIFT who will be penning/scripting the film says, “I was fascinated by the grit and determination showed by Uzma. She was a rage in social media during her comeback. Uzma’s story is a topical and an emotional journey of human triumph against strongest of odds, its relatable, comes with a strong message and believe in humanisms, which says ‘Khuda un logo ko nawajta hai jinmein kahar ke barsaaton se takrane ka junoon ho’. Hopefully by November the research will be done and we will start the scripting work”.
While the cast and other crew will be decided in due course, Bollywood celebrities – Anil Kapoor and Tabu who were falsely reported to be part of a biopic on Uzma to be made by Dhiraj Kumar as reported by the leading daily had issued their denial and called it a false practice.
Anil Kapoor said, “Pls ignore it. I don't want to give such people unnecessary publicity at my cost”.
Clearing the air, Tabu has issued a statement from her spokesperson stating that, “ I have no idea why filmmakers who have not approached me give out false news of me being approached for their movies when I have not been even contacted or made aware of certain project. I think this is done to hype their projects and create insecurity amongst other actresses who may be approached for the role, this is a poor practice”.
It’s good news that this time celebrities have chosen to come out and cleared the air on wrong/false reporting which is observed by a certain section of media. The story of Bharat ki Beti Uzma is certainly something to look forward to in future.
The plight of the 20 year-old Uzma Ahmed had drawn countrywide sympathy. The young Indian, in her early 20s, met Tahir Ali, a Pakistani citizen, in Malaysia and fell in love, travelled to his home in the neighboring country on May 1, only to find that Ali had four children from a previous marriage. What followed was a wedding at gunpoint, sexual assaults, and a subsequent escape to the Indian high commission. India’s ‘well of death’ survivor Uzma was brought back to India after a brief legal battle. “It’s easy to go to Pakistan, but tough to return. Pakistan is a well of death,” a tearful Uzma reportedly said upon her return. Indian national Uzma reached home on May 25 this year. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj welcomed Uzma and empathized with her ordeal in Pakistan.