EXCLUSIVE: Farhan Akhtar to replace Saif Ali Khan in Uzma Ahmed biopic

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A lot has happened over Uzma Ahmed‘s biopic in the last one and a half year’s time. Initially, it was announced with Ileana D’Cruz and Tabu in prominent parts. Later, a leading daily reported that Saif Ali Khan has been roped in to essay the good Samaritan Pakistani bureaucrat in the film.

But then, a lot of changes happened. The film changed hands, as in the producers decided to back out and Shivam Nair, the director, reached out to another big banner to come on board. The new banner wasn’t willing in shelling out big bucks to cast Saif because they felt he wasn’t commercially viable. So Saif had to be replaced.

Now we have heard the makers have approached another actor in the same age range to essay the role. A source revealed, “Shivam is in talks with Farhan Akhtar now who he thinks will be perfect for the role. Farhan is contemplating currently and hasn’t said yes to the film yet. He has ‘Toofan’ which he needs to start shooting for almost immediately, post which he also has ‘Don 3’ lined up. So they are trying to lock in on dates to see how things will pan out.”

Who is Uzma Ahmed?

Uzma Ahmed is an Indian National, who fell in love with a Pakistani man, Tahir Ali, whom she reportedly met in Malaysia. She went all the way to Pakistan to meet Ali, but when she reached Pakistan she found out that Tahir Ali was already married and had four children.

Later, she was forced to marry him. It was then that Uzma escaped to the Indian High Commission, who then reached out to Indian external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj. Upon hearing the news, Sushma made sure that Uzma returned to her home safely.

The biopic of Uzma Ahmed is directed by Shivan Nair who earlier directed ‘Naam Shabana.’

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