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Nawazuddin Siddiqui likely to play Asaram Bapu in a biopic

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Nawazuddin Siddiqui likely to play Asaram Bapu in a biopic
Saturday May 04, 2019
Bollywood actor Nawazudding Siddiqui who impressed one and all by playing late Shiv Sena Chief Balasaheb Thackeray in 'Thackeray' is reportedly being considered for a film being planned on disgraced godman, Asaram Bapu.

Producer Sunil Bohra who earlier produced films like Tanu Weds Manu, Gangs of Wasseypur, The Accidental Prime Minister among others has bought the rights of the Ushinor Majumdar’s novel, God Of Sin: The Cult, Clout And Downfall Of Asaram Bapu and will be turning it into a film soon. Sunil Bohra says that he's come across names like Anupam Kher and Naseeruddin Shah being suggested to play the godman. However, he feels that Nawazuddin will be able to play the role as he and Naseer are both versatile and talented. 

When the actor was asked about the same, he said, “Bohot interesting life rahi hai unki. Ek baar airport pe mila bhi tha unse. He was talking to someone on the phone. Later I spoke with him. At that time, he wasn’t in the controversy (laughs).” He further adds, “Woh apne life mein bade hi mast rehte the. He was a good orator also and to bring all of that in the performance will be a tough task.”

Nawaz says that working on a biopic makes for a satisfying experience only if it is made seriously. He elaborates, "Bollywood mein baand baja dete hai biopic ki. They add song and dance and take cinematic liberty. Unko koi haq nahi hai aise karne ka."

Producer Sunil Bohra told the publication, “I read the book and was taken in by lawyer PC Solanki who fought the case for the victims against Asaram Bapu for free. The two lady police officers — one from Jodhpur and the other from Surat — are inspiring, too. In my eyes, they are the real heroes. We will focus on these people and the rest will be based on facts. I bought the rights of the book last month. I have started meeting writers and shall lock the team soon. I want the movie to have an international appeal. The cast will be decided once the script is ready.”

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