Meera gets grand reception in Mumbai
By Khurrum Anis
Pakistani actress Meera was given a grand reception at the Apsara Awards held in Mumbai.
Meera is in India to act in her first Indian movie that will be directed by Mahesh Bhatt. The name of the movie is said to be “Lal Haveli” and its script will revolve around the Pakistani actress. Meera was offered the role by the Indian director while he was visiting Karachi. Mr Bhatt was told Meera was a top Lollywood actress.
Sources in the Indian film industry say Meera will play the role of a dancer whose normal life undergoes a dramatic change after her accidental encounter with a dying girl. This hurls her into a bizarre and strange world of blood and strange visions. Mr Bhatt will be making the movie with a Pakistani expatriate, Sevy Ali, a Pakistani living in London. “Lal Haveli” will cost him Rs 40 million.
It is claimed that Mr Bhatt came up with the idea of making “Lal Haveli” while he was with the information and broadcasting minister of Pakistan, Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed.
Mr Ahmed had allegedly told Mr Bhatt of a real life story of love between a Hindu barrister and a Muslim dancing girl.
“Lal Haveli” is also the name of Mr Rasheed’s Rawalpindi residence. The building had once been the office of the All India Congress and, after partition, became the office of the Pakistan Muslim League.