Mara takes ‘Bhutto’ in U.K.

Docu looks at life and death of Pakistani leader

LONDON — Distrib Mara Pictures has secured U.K. theatrical rights from Icon TMI for docu “Bhutto,” about assassinated Pakistan leader Benazir Bhutto.

Co-directed by Duane Baughman and Johnny O’Hara, “Bhutto” premiered at Sundance earlier this year.

“Bhutto” is set for a June release in the U.K.

Baughman said: “Along the way on the amazing journey of making this movie, I discovered Pakistan and learned that Benazir’s family story was something out of a Greek tragedy with unsolved murders, political intrigue, family feuds, hijackings, poisonings — you name it. Her story had all the elements from triumph to tragedy. There is a reason why the Bhuttos are called the Kennedys of Pakistan.”

Indian actress Shabana Azmi (“It’s a Wonderful Afterlife”) was in talks to play Bhutto in a biopic by helmer Mahesh Bhatt, based on a script by Pakistan-born British writer Tariq Ali. However, that project is on hold due to a cooling in relations between India and Pakistan.

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