Divya Dutta to play nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai's mother in upcoming biopic

FP Staff

Mar,09 2018 15:03:07 IST

A biopic on nobel laureate and activist for female education Malala Yousafzai is in the works, and Bollywood actor Divya Dutta will be essaying the role of Malala's mother Toor Pekai Yousafzai on screen.

Divya Dutta. Image from Twitter/@UrbanAsian

Divya Dutta. Image from Twitter/@UrbanAsian

“It was shot in a 10-camera setup. We would film an entire scene from start to finish, so it was quite challenging as everything had to be in-sync — the snowfall, blasts, entries. Once, we were shooting a scene in Kashmir where we were to leave our house following a blast and move somewhere else. The cameras were placed all around to capture a caravan of 500 people. It took the unit four-five hours to get the lighting and the set-up right but the outcome was beautiful. We shot the last scene in Kashmir where I throw my dupatta as a gesture of sending blessings for my daughter. It was very emotional," said Dutta while talking about her experience shooting for the film, according to a Mumbai Mirror report.

Dutta has reportedly sang a song in the upcoming film as well. The track will be in Pashto and the actor revealed that she had to memorise the entire lyrics of the song right before the shot. The track will see Dutta feeding pigeons and will appear before a "significant sequence" in the movie.

The biopic will see television actress Reem Shaikh in the role of Malala. Atul Kulkarni will portray the character of Malala's father Ziauddin Yousafzai. The biopic will also star Mukesh Rishi, Abhimanyu Singh and Ajaz Khan.

The movie is expected to hit theater screens in the latter part of 2018 and marks the directorial debut of Amjad Khan.

Published Date: Mar 09, 2018 15:03 PM | Updated Date: Mar 09, 2018 15:03 PM