She was actually approached by noted British-Pakistani author-playwright and filmmaker, Tariq Ali, who had readied the screenplay for his proposed Benazir bio-pic with Shabana in the lead.
But then politics intervened. Because of differences between India and Pakistan, the project was quietly abandoned. A disappointed Shabana had said at that time, “I know I can physically resemble Benazir. Once that’s in place the rest would just follow.” Now, almost 25 years later, Shabana is still keen on doing the role. “My God! I still remember the project. I’d love to play Benazir in a film,” she told LT.