As you all know, Pakistan's former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto was assassinated yesterday after addressing a large gathering of her supporters in Pakistan.
While browsing the web today, I came across an interesting article related to her and thought of sharing it with you all.
Years ago, when a shy, 19-year-old Benazir Bhutto visited India for the first time, she was bowled over by an unusual proposal.
Well-known Bollywood comedian, the late I.S. Johar, offered her the lead role in a Hindi movie!
"The incident happened in 1972 when Benazir had accompanied her father Zulfikar Ali Bhutto for the historic Shimla Agreement in the wake of the India-Pakistan war the previous year," recalled Bollywood historian Amar Solanki.
A veteran Gujarati film director himself, Solanki said that Johar always courted controversy.
"By making the offer to Benazir, he shot to prominence in India, Pakistan and even Bangladesh which had been created in the aftermath of the war," he said.
However, Benazir politely declined Johar's proposal, saying she was destined for a different role in life.
May her soul rest in peace...