India announces biopic on Begum Nawazish Ali

A biopic on Ali Saleem, a Pakistani television personality, is in the works, according to a report by IANS. Saleem is an actor, television host, scriptwriter, and impressionist who gained immense fame through their impersonations of late Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto. Their portrayal of the cross-dressing Begum Nawazish Ali on various TV channels was also widely recognised.

Deepak Pandey, the CEO of EORTV, announced the biopic, expressing a desire to cast Mallika Sherawat for the role. “This is a strong story, a story of boldness and courage. The character is multifaceted and needed someone as courageous and undaunted as the Begum thyself. I am planning to approach Mallika Sherawat for this role as she would be apt for a fearless performance like this,” Pandey said. He added that it is important to create stories like this that encourage people to be open about their sexuality and preferences.

Pandey also praised the Bigg Boss 4 participant’s background and journey, “Begum Nawazish Ali’s background and childhood is interesting but the journey he makes in due course of his life is even more interesting. He has interviewed the who’s who from business, politics, [and] entertainment with gusto. He has courted satire and controversy but managed to make a place in the hearts of the common man. His life will make for very compelling content on screen”

EORTV is a platform that aims to build awareness about the queer community within mainstream society. They showcase relevant stories on-screen to educate and raise awareness.

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