"I was initially apprehensive to play this role as I have done this earlier too but then when I got a call from Shekhar Kapoor's office I could not say no. He had seen me in that show and thus was keen on taking me on board," says Amit who is all excited as he starts shooting for the role today, "The show Pradhan Mantri has received positive response from all over and I realized that Shekhar Kapoor is taking an active interest in the show too. It happened so suddenly, my look test happened and I was on for it."
About the show, Amit says, "Pradhan Mantri is a show which replicates incidents of history of India which as a narrator Shekhar Kapur takes you through. The prime focus in on a Prime Minister which could be anybody and the story revolves around the PM. It basically talks about the political history of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka."
Talking about his character, Amit says, "In reality what I know of the character is that Zulfikar Ali Bhutto was quite a liberal man and a colorful PM. In his reign there were night clubs, pubs all over which was put to a stop by the Muslim clergymen and when Zia-ul-Haq took over as the Chief of Armed Forces in Pakistan and after which the coup and Bhutto's execution happened."
Since he has already played the character earlier, how will it be different in this show? "I had played the role in 2007 for a show on a Pakistani channel prior to which in 2004 I had been a part of a play with Neena Gupta. So people in Pakistan knew me and had liked me. The role I had played then and the one I am doing now both are quite neutral and not biased at all. Bhutto was a statesman and did not believe in Islamic fanaticism which is what will be portrayed now too. It will be his journey about his political career, and as a Prime Minister till the time he was executed. His first trip to India, the Shimla agreement and such small nuggets from history will be covered."
We wish Amit all the best!
Seema Khot Mattoo