Kareena beats Priyanka to play Indira Gandhi in biopic

Updated: Oct 01, 2010, 11:58 AM IST

Spicezee Bureau

Mumbai: Kareena Kapoor might be in for an opportunity of a lifetime, as the actress is the top contender for essaying the role of Indira Gandhi in her international biopic. Titled ‘Mother: The Indira Gandhi Story’, the biopic will now have Kareena who has reportedly beaten Priyanka Chopra to play the most influential politician in the history of Indian politics.

As per reports, the Hollywood producers were initially in favour of Priyanka but it seems the Oscar-winning make-up artistes Jenny Shircore and Greg Connam, working on the project, were divided on the producer’s choice. Sources state that the two now feel that that Bebo looks closer to Indira than Priyanka.

Confirming the news, a source told a daily, "Veteran Hollywood script-writer Krishna Shah, who has also made films for Bollywood like Shalimar, has gone to solve the mystery of which actress would look more like Indira on screen. While Shircore, who won the Academy for her work in ‘Elizabeth’, felt that Priyanka is the only actress, Connam, who worked on ‘The Curious Case of Benjamin Button’, has now started to think that Kareena is more perfect. As of now, the two are seriously looking over Kareena’s features for a near match before they approach her."

Krishna also spoke to a daily, “Casting is 80 per cent of directing. In a biopic, it is 90 per cent of directing. Can you imagine Gandhi without Ben Kingsley or Nixon without Anthony Hopkins or Patton without George C. Scott? Indira’s film provides incredible scope for the make-up artistes.”

As for what drew them to Kareena, Krishna said, “She has a strong jaw and deep eyes and the time for make-up will not be taxing. Indira at 20 will take about an hour. She at 50, about two hours; and she at 67, three hours because of the advancement in the art of make-up.”